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Throughout my travels I have seen a handful of absolutely amazing cities that I’ve fallen in love with, but there is still something about San Francisco that holds an extra special place in my heart. It’s hard to pinpoint what it is exactly — the people, the mix of culture, the creative energy. I’m not sure exactly, but I have yet to visit a place that is quite as unique as San Francisco. On your next trip here, explore the famous sites, but don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path to see the true heart of the city and to learn a lesson or two…
3 Lessons Traveling to San Francisco Will Teach Your Kid:
1. Public Transportation is Your Friend
One of the first things you’ll notice when you get to San Francisco is the bus systems, trains, and BART. Instead of just opting for a cab or your car, take a bit to learn about how to get around the city using public transportation, like most of the locals. The song, “The Wheels on the Bus,” rings very true in a city like this. Don’t forget to hop on the historical F train for a trip to the wharf. Take this opportunity to talk to the kids about the importance of public transportation and how it helps our environment.
2. Art is Everywhere
San Francisco is bursting with arts and creativity all around. From the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, to the colorful murals decorating the Mission District, you don’t just have to step into a museum to see it. Make a plan to photograph all the art around the city that you find, and when you come home you can make a family scrapbook with the photos. Let the kids know that it’s important to explore their creative sides to make a more colorful world.
3. Community is Key
There is one thing that is hard to miss in San Francisco — the feeling of community. You might see a few locals stop for a chat as they cross by each other on the street. Restaurant owners, baristas, people riding the bus, and more are all part of this tightly knit city. Consider checking out a community garden when you’re on your trip. See how people are working together to make the city a more beautiful place and then explore ways you can also do that in your home town.
Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family. Follow Jaime on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.