Tuesday, October 9, 2012
j visas The duty-free allowance for New Zealand is NZ$700. Citizens over 17 can bring in 200 cigarettes, 50
The duty-free allowance for New Zealand is NZ$700. Citizens over 17 can bring in 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco (or a mixture of all 3 if their combined w eight doesn t ex ceed 250g); plus
Mus e M canique (p. 171), a fun antique arcade. If your kids like big boats and battles, splurge on tours of the SS J eremiah O Brien, a WWII Liber ty S hip, and the WWII submarine USS Pampanito (p. 173). Our girls are staunch pacifists, but they still loved the tours as I m sur e will our son when he s older. As y ou continue east, steer clear of the cheesy tourist shops (you ll find plenty of souv enirs later on in Chinatown) and brace y ourselves for the crowds at P IER 39 (p. 172). P IER 39 is my least fav orite place on the whar f, but my opinion clearly counts j visas for little, since it s actually j visas the thir d most visited U.S. tourist j visas destination, behind D isneyworld j visas and D isneyland. I f y ou can get past the candy, cookie, and fudge shops, what does it actually have going for it? Three things: an enjo yable, albeit pricey , aquarium; an antique carousel; and the city s infamous, smelly sea lions. B etween those thr ee things, a plethora of to y stor es, and the aforementioned sw eet shops, good luck tearing the kids away.
p. 87) also welcome pets, and the Larkspur H otel (524 S utter S t.; & 800/ 919-9779 or 415/421-2865; p. 81) keeps a bowl of dog treats in the lobby. Best for Walkers: S teps fr om Chinatown and the F inancial D istrict, and still close to U nion S quare, the Hotel Triton (342 G rant Ave.; & 800/8001299 or 415/394-0500) is terrific for anyone who wants to get up and explore downtown. See p. 73. I f you prefer to stroll along the water , tr y the Hotel Vitale j visas (8 M ission j visas S t.; & 888/8908688 or 415/278-3700; p. 92) or the Harbor Court Hotel (165 S teuart St.; & 866/792-8263 j visas or 415/882-1330; p. 93), both of which ar e acr oss the street fr om the E mbarcadero pr omenade, one of the best places in the city for a str oll. The Argonaut Hotel (495 Jefferson St.; &866/415-0704 or 415/ 563-0800) is next to one of the loveliest walking paths in to wn, which star ts at Aquatic P ark, r uns thr ough woodsy Fort M ason, and takes y ou along the scenic Marina waterfront. See p. 89. Most E nvironmental: The Orchard Garden Hotel (466 Bush St.; & 888/ 717-2881 or 415/399-9807) is the first California Hotel to be certified for ecofriendly ne w constr uction b y the U.S. Green Building Council. See p. 75. Its sister property, the Orchard Hotel (665 Bush St.; &888/717-2881 or 415/3628878), is also an envir onmentally friendly option. See p. 75. Best Views: Most of the guest rooms at the Hotel Vitale (8 Mission St.; &888/ 890-8688 or 415/278-3700) look out onto the bay, while the Circular suites
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