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Planning your San Francisco

By Caitlin Fitzsimmons

May 2, 2010

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THE BEST WAY TO SAN FRANCISCO

From LAX, nonstop service is offered on Virgin America, Southwest, United and American. Connecting service (change of planes) is offered on US Airways and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $118.

WHERE TO STAY

Golden Gate Hotel, 775 Bush St.; (800) 835-1118, http://www.goldengatehotel.com. Charming inn with period features, including the city's oldest operating elevator, a bird cage-like construction from 1913. Doubles with private bath are $165; with shared bath, $105. Breakfast and WiFi are included; parking $25 a day.

Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Ave.; (415) 394-0500, http://www.hoteltriton.com. Boutique hotel with striking artist-designed wallpaper in the lobby and a mini art gallery on the mezzanine. Doubles from $TK .

WHERE TO EAT

Gary Danko, 800 North Point St., (415) 749-2060; http://www.garydanko.com. Fine-dining California cuisine. Three courses for $68, four for $85 or five for $102.

Toast Eatery, 1748 Church St.; (415) 282-4328; http://www.toasteatery.com. Popular, no-frills neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot in Noe Valley. Breakfast entrees $6.25 to $10.99.

TO LEARN MORE

San Francisco Railway Museum, 77 Steuart St.; (415) 974-1948, http://www.streetcar.org. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is free.