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What to Do around The Westin San Francisco Airport

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A short distance from the airport, South San Francisco offers unique ways to get out and soak up the California sun. Stroll in the small town of Burlingame, visit the Pacifica coastline, and enjoy panoramic views from Bernal Heights. Even on a layover you'll be able to get feel for the bay area.
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1327 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
This is the place to play a game, watch a sport and drink a beer. Behan's is expectedly low-key and surprisingly social. I'm a sucker for shuffle board and darts so naturally I stopped in for a pint but stayed for the games!
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San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
When the airline industry began to thrive in the 1930's, San Francisco Airport's passenger lobby was one of the most luxurious centers to take off from. The classic space has been adapted into the free Aviation Library and Museum—used as a...
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The rugged 4.8 mile Ridge Trail trail is perfect for adventurous couples. It will take you along the Eastern slope of the mountain through eucalyptus trees, past plants, wild flowers and butterflies. With sweeping views and gorgeous vegetation,...
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1316 Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
There's no better way to enjoy a cool breeze and the California sun than on a neighborhood stroll. Outside of South San Francisco you'll see some cozy homes and majestic, old trees in idyllic American neighborhoods. On a walk off Broadway in...
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86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Tucked away in the hills south of San Francisco you'll find Filoli—16 acres of English Renaissance gardens, nature preserves and a fabulous mansion—a true hidden gem. The hundred-year-old property takes on new life with each season and a stroll...
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SFO International Airport, Terminal 2 Boarding Area D, Quick Serve, Sector 8, Space 9-D.2.350, San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
Happy together—and ready to explore. Like it or not, if you arrive at San Francisco International Airport on a domestic flight, the probability that you'll get yourself reacquainted with the ground by means of Terminal 3 is high. Walk. Don’t run....
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Broadway, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Broadway in Burlingame isn't exactly broad, but in this small American town it feels like the center of things. With little local shops to browse and a few places to snack, it's a good place to spend an hour or two. Take your time because it won't...
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500 Sierra Point Pkwy, Brisbane, CA 94005, USA
The Sierra Point Yacht Club is the perfect place for taking photos and enjoying a nice brunch. Fog is a beautiful player in the early mornings along the peninsula of the San Francisco Bay. I arrived about an hour before a presentation I was...
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1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
Even the blackest of thumbs can find inspiration at Flora Grubb’s eponymous nursery—or at least a good cup of coffee. Grubb runs the enormous space (complete with Ritual Coffee Roasters bar) with a gallery-like ethos, rotating in new displays...
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San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
An ancient ritual meets modern travel. Even as we continue to evolve, old practices take new form and yet provide continuity with the past. In this case, my weekly yoga practice can be done even in the midst of an airport setting.
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240 Redwood Hwy Frontage Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
On my recent visit to the foggy city, I was invited by San Francisco Helicopter Tours to get a view from above. The chance to look down on America’s most intense hipsters was too good to pass up! Plus, it’d be my very first time in a helicopter....
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1404 San Mateo Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA
Until playing in England, I equated badminton to frolicking with a butterfly net—a 'sport' designed for picnics and sundresses. However after an hour in a proper badminton court, panting and throughly defeated, I changed my mind. Bay Badminton...
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Registered as a California Historical Landmark, this functioning train station was built in the 1800s and has been incredibly well maintained. It's an excellent example of the Spanish colonial architecture you'll find all across the state. The...
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If you're staying near SFO—on a layover, business trip or long weekend—there are plenty of places to get out and stretch your legs. Near the airport there are trails that go into the hills and along the waterfront. Old Bayshore Highway follows the...
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Coyote Point, San Mateo, CA 94401, USA
Coyote Point local recreation area has all kinds of activities for friends and families—pack a picnic, got for a jog, stroll along the beach, checkout the saltwater marsh or watch shorebirds, boats and planes go by. Magic Mountain Playground,...
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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Montara State Beach is just north of Half Moon Bay, CA, and offers one of Northern California's cleanest and most beautiful shorelines. The views are breathtaking, and during the winter months the waves tend to get really high. When we were there...
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Pacifica, CA, USA
Though Pacifica doesn’t have a “city center” per se, there are some darling walking and eating areas- and let’s not forget the surf! Palmetto Ave has some very cute, small-town shops, including Pacificakes, Salada Beach Cafe (just a few blocks...
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International Terminal, Main Hall, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA 94128, USA
Few airports put as much thought into traveler's well-being as San Francisco International. The Berman Reflection Room, one of many unique spaces, provides, "A center for quiet self-reflection and meditation." Free from distractions—technology,...
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Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA, USA
I was flying from the US to China on this day, and I had a six-hour layover in San Francisco. My childhood best friend had just moved to the city, so I took a cab from the airport and met up with her in her new neighborhood. After catching up over...
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1111 Howard Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Active in local events and staffed by passionate runners, the community-focused shop strikes a chord with locals, visitors, athletes, and casual walkers alike. Best of all, they keep a calendar of all local running events and even hold their own...
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200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038, USA
At any time of day this forest feels enchanted. As you walk along, what are now, well marked paths there are phases of to this coastal journey. Depicted is the cypress forest which leads north to the tide pools and south to Three Palm, which needs...
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Downtown, San Mateo, CA, USA
All around the bay area you'll find local creativity expressed through street art. One of my favorite trends is knitting clothes for city objects– you'll find colorful scarves around bus stops, tassels on street signs and monster feet on...
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CuriOdyssey, an experiential museum and wildlife center, is a local treasure. With a passion for environmental education and conservation, CuriOdyssey's designers have developed creative, hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages. Set your family...
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214 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA
Close to SFO, the tiny two-room Pez museum is the kind of quirky pit-stop that's well worth a visit. Run by a passionate collector, the tour is full of fun facts that make parents nostalgic and kids hungry. You'll probably end up leaving with a...
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3400-3416 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Bernal Heights is one of my favorite neighborhoods in San Francisco. It's a little off the beaten path, but on a clear day the park at the top of the hill offers an amazing view of the city and the bay. On a foggy day, the park feels like the...
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San Francisco Bay, California, USA
An easy way to see the San Francisco Bay up close is to take the ferry to Sausalito and back. You'll be spoiled with beautiful views of the city, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Once in Sausalito, you can explore the small streets, go...
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501 Tunnel Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134, USA
The artist-in-residence program is a unique art and education opportunity that provides local artists with materials, a stipend, a studio space, and an exhibition at the end of their residency. "Materials provided" basically means permission to...
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Since 1978, The Great Dickens Christmas Fair has been a Christmas staple in San Francisco. For five weekends each year, Cow Palace becomes a living, breathing version of 19th-century London. Hundreds of actors, vendors, and even participants come...