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The Best Things in Life are Free… in San Francisco

CoitTower14 The Lonely Planet team getting ready to explore San Francisco © Rachael Nusbaum

To celebrate the launch of The Best Things in Life Are Free, last weekend we hit the streets of San Francisco on a walking tour with San Francisco City Guides (sfcityguides.org) to give sightseers free copies of the book and a free drink at Vesuvio Cafe.

We had the chance to explore the city ourselves, following the recommendations in the book. Starting in Chinatown in the morning, we made our way up to Coit Tower with its breathtaking views, and then headed back down to visit the iconic sea lions at Pier 39.

The best part? We didn’t spend a dime! As The Best Things in Life are Free says: "You can definitely leave your heart here, but there’s no need to leave your wallet."

CoitTower2 Our tour companions seemed happy with their free gifts! © Rachael Nusbaum

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Chinatown12 There's so much to see for free in San Francisco © Rachael Nusbaum

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