San Francisco, though a city where cable cars climb hills halfway to the stars, is also eminently walk-able. Armed with Christina Henry de Tessan's compact travel deck, City Walks: San Francisco: 50 Adventures on Foot, you'll see the "insider's" San Francisco, far beyond the T-shirt shops and sourdough stands of Fisherman's Wharf. Sturdy, pocket-sized cards map each walk, offering descriptions of sights, eateries, shops and transportation links. This 50-card guide is a little powerhouse that will take you from exotic Chinatown to hidden coastal lookouts, where, as you watch fog drape the Golden Gate, you'll lose your heart to San Francisco.
Alison Hood's car is tuned up and her guides, snacks, aromatherapy candles and sunscreen are packed.