S.F. Diversity, San Francisco
The Japanese Garden at Golden Gate Park. It has beautiful Asian buildings, bridges and lots of exotic plants and flowers. After a walk through the Garden you should drive from there to Chinatown. After your ride from 'Japan to China' get a dinner in Chinatown and wander from shop to shop and enjoy the Asian culture.
A bit of Spanish can go a long way. Service is best in hispanic restaurants if you speak enough Spanish to greet and order a meal. Just another excuse to learn another language! The same could be said for Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Italian restaurants in their ethnics areas in SF.
One of the best things about San Francisco is the diversity of people, but if you stare or make rude comments you will ruin the experience. Thus, it is best to be discrete when noticing how some people decorate their bodies with tattoos or nose rings.
One thing that was of both culture and learning was the Mission Dolores. Supposedly, it is the oldest building in the city and hold a museum and cemtery in the back. If you stop by, you can catch a glimpse of the history behind the city.
The cultural diversity is incredible. Go with an open mind and just soak it all up.
Coming from the East Coast, it took a while to slow down and relax to the pace of the locals. Once I did, I didn't want to go back to the same hectic pace again. Enjoy it while you can!
You'll find that homosexual relationships aren't something that people hide in San Francisco and light drug use is only slightly less open. None of this does any harm to the tourist; however, it is interesting to observe.
Spend a quiet Sunday afternoon with your friends...and some of the best drag queens in SF! We had a blast at this afternoon show, and the food was pretty good too.
Check out the drag queens down by Fisherman's Wharf!! Definite culture shock for a midwestern girlie.