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San Francisco cleans up in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers' Choice® Award

San Francisco, its attractions and attributes placed seven times in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

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July 2013 — San Francisco, its attractions and attributes placed seven times in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

San Francisco itself was named the #2 destination in the United States and also the #7 in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Destinations.

The city was described with affection: “Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, from the hippie chic of the Upper Haight to the hipster grit of the Mission. The Marina district boasts trendy bistros and postcard-perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, while Noe Valley offers quaint and quiet boutiques. Wave hello to the sea lions at Pier 39, and sample local cheese and charcuterie at the Ferry Building. Sit in on a yoga session in Dolores Park or marvel at the Dutch Windmill across from Ocean Beach.”

In the Top 25 Landmarks in the United States category, the Golden Gate Bridge, called “Quintessential San Francisco,” was #5 and Alcatraz was #13. One traveler said “This was better than we expected!”

Golden Gate Park (“Favorite bike area”) was #6 and Crissy Field (“Something for everyone”) was #22 in the list of Top 25 Parks in the United States.

For the Top 25 Hotels in the United States, the Hotel Drisco was named #17.  Travelers called it “Classic luxury in Pacific Heights” and “A real San Francisco stay.”

The fifth annual awards recognizes 412 outstanding destinations in 38 markets across the globe, including lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, and the United States.

The Travelers’ Choice Destinations awards honor top travel spots worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from Trip Advisor travelers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of destinations, taking into account travelers’ favorites and most highly rated places. Travelers' Choice awards honor top hotels, attractions, destinations, and restaurants worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from Trip Advisor travelers. 

Earlier this year, San Francisco’s AT&T Park was named #2 in the top 10 ballparks in the U.S., according to the Trip Advisor Popularity Index™.

“Travelers visiting AT&T Park can take in amazing views of the San Francisco Bay in this stunning ballpark that opened in 2000.  Visitors wait for home run balls to be hit into McCovey Cove, enjoy tasty local fare and beverages and can visit the 50-by-50 foot replica of the ballpark designed for children. ‘Even if you don't like baseball, you must take in a game here,’ said a Trip Advisor traveler.”

The San Francisco Travel Association is the official tourism marketing organization for the City and County of San Francisco. For information on reservations, packages, activities and more, visit www.sanfrancisco.travel or call 415-391-2000.  The Visitor Information Center is located at 900 Market St. in Hallidie Plaza, lower level, near the Powell Street cable car turnaround.

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About the Golden Gate Bridge:  Once the longest suspension span ever built, the Golden Gate Bridge stands at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay as a welcoming icon to all visitors. The new visitor area, located on the south east end, offers spectacular photo opportunities, guided tours, amazing green screen photography placing you on top of the span, and the Bridge Pavilion filled with fun and educational merchandise. www.goldengatebridge.org

About Alcatraz & Crissy Field: Alcatraz Island and Crissy Field are part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). GGNRA, managed by the National Park Service (NPS,) is one of the most visited national parks in the country with more than 15-million visitors a year. The NPS manages 401 park sites across the U.S. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/goga. Or call 415-561-4700.

About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy:   The Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country. To learn more, please visit www.parksconservancy.org or call 415- 561-3000.

About Alcatraz Cruises:  Alcatraz Cruises is the official concessioner of the National Park Service, providing ticketing and transportation to Alcatraz Island, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  For the guaranteed lowest prices from the official and only source of tickets to Alcatraz Island with no service charges or convenience fees, visit alcatrazcruises.com.  Tickets sell out very quickly.  Save time and avoid the lines.  Purchase and print tickets at home.  Alcatraz Cruises, an Inescapable Experience!  www.alcatrazcruises.com  

About Golden Gate Park: More than 13 million people visit Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres each year. From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis–a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect with the natural world. The rest, as they say, is history. To learn more, visit http://sfrecpark.org/destination/golden-gate-park.

About the Hotel Drisco: Located on Pacific Avenue atop San Francisco's charming Pacific Heights neighborhood, the Hotel Drisco has a commanding presence amongst the beautiful homes of this prestigious area. Renowned for its traditional elegance and highly attentive and personalized service, the Hotel Drisco is a short walk from sweeping views of the Golden Gate, the rugged beauty of the Presidio and the sophistication of world class restaurants and shopping boutiques along Sacramento, Fillmore and Union Streets. For more information, visit www.hoteldrisco.com or call 800-634-7277.

About AT&T Park:  One of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball, the 131-year old Giants franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958.  After playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park, the team moved to the privately constructed AT&T Park in 2000.  The organization is widely recognized for its innovative business practices and baseball excellence.  In 2010, the franchise was named the Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and in 2012 was named Organization of the Year by Baseball America.

Since opening its gates, AT&T Park has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment.  On the diamond, more than 40 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments and five playoff appearances, including  the franchise’s second World Series Championship in the past three years.  The first World Series title earned by the Giants since moving west came in 2010 with the second championship in 2012.   On June 13, 2012, the franchise’s first-ever perfect game was thrown by Giants ace Matt Cain.  AT&T Park has also played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day.  For more information, visit http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/giantsenterprises/index.jsp or call 415-972-1800.