On any sunny spring day in San Francisco, you'll see plenty of sailboats, cargo ships, fishing vessels, and tour boats working and playing across the sparkling bay waters. Boating is very much a part of the city's culture, and there are many different ways for travelers to get in on San Francisco's nautical action.
San Francisco's Japantown -- known as Nihonmachi to its residents -- is the oldest of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. From its roots as a refuge for victims of the 1906 Great Quake and Fire, to its post-World War II community revitalization, San Francisco's Japantown has seen many major economic and cultural shifts that have made it the rich community it is today.
Though there is great merit in "greening" your lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, there's still nothing quite like playing in the dirt to get back in touch with the Earth.
MP3 players are taking on a new and increasingly popular role as private tour guides to some of the world's most sought-after destinations.