Kalin’s Chronicles: San Francisco is Golden

I love the Tony Bennett Song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” — because I left my heart there too.  It’s one of my favorites cities to visit, and was recently listed number 5 on Trip Advisor’s “25 Best Destinations in the World.” (Photo: Kalin Thomas)

This is a great time to visit, since the city is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco’s most iconic landmark.   When I visit, I like to walk the bridge and get fabulous photos of the city’s skyline and the bridge itself – especially beautiful at sunset.

Though several festivals were held around May 27 – the day the first car drove across the bridge in 1937 – there’s still plenty to celebrate for the nearly 10-million people who visit the bridge each year.

Here’s a selected list of events to celebrate the Golden Gate’s 75th:

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – Golden Gate Desserts:  An Offering of Bridge-Themed Desserts at the Rooftop Garden Blue Bottle Coffee Bar (through Aug. 31)

Presidio Trust/Walt Disney Family Museum – The Bridge on the Big Screen film festival with seven films starring the iconic bridge (through Sept. 15)

American Institute of Architects – Postcards from the Edge:  Exhibition of Postcard Views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco (through Oct. 1)

n  Antenna Theatre – Golden Gate Sunset Dial:  Map of the places and times the sunset can be viewed between the two bridge towers (through Dec. 31)

If you’ll be in San Fran this month and just have a couple of days in the city, check out 49 Hours in SF:  July Vibe.   And for more information on Golden Gate Bridge celebrations and cell phone apps, visit http://www.goldengatebridge75.org/.

So why not celebrate turning 40 in a city that’s already celebrating.  I bet you’ll leave your heart in San Francisco, too!  And remember:  “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain.

Kalin Thomas is Women at Forty’s Travel & Leisure Editor. She is also Senior Writer/Photographer for SoulOfAmerica. Before starting her own multimedia company, Kalin spent 17 years at CNN where she won several awards for her work as producer/correspondent for CNN’s weekly travel program, CNN TravelNow. She is currently writing a book about her travels. For more information on Kalin, visit www.seetheworldproductions.com.