The California Bay Area showcases two cities by the Bay: San Francisco and Oakland. Home to the infamous Silicon Valley and pleasantly warm weather year-round, the Bay Area has something for everyone to enjoy. Read on to learn more about some of the Bay Area’s most exciting attractions.
Get a 360 view of San Francisco at the Coit Tower. Built by one of San Francisco’s most eccentric socialites in 1933, the first floor of Coit Tower is covered in realistic and whimsical murals that depict a deep message from another era.
Another important landmark of the Bay Area is Lake Merritt in Oakland. Lake Merritt is the oldest designated wildlife refuge in the United States. Established in 1870, the Lake offers endless bird and animal sightings along its three-mile heart-shaped shoreline.
After a healthy break from the city life, dive right back in with a visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown. One of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in North America, the area consistently holds cultural festivals throughout the year to keep you and the family entertained.
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After all that sightseeing, cozy up to a glass of wine at The Fat Lady in Oakland. Known as one of Oakland’s finest lunch and dinner houses, this former brothel has all its original ambiance – without the scandal.
Match the savory bites found at The Fat Lady with the sweet treats of James and the Giant Cupcake in Oakland. James and the Giant Cupcake offers you the chance to feel good about every bite because of the locally sourced and sustainable ingredients used to make each cake.
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Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see during your next trip to the Bay Area. Located in San Francisco, this wharf is laden with shopping, dining, and activities for everyone in your family.
If you haven’t satisfied your shopping itch yet, then head to Jack London Square in Oakland. Named after Jack London and owned by the Port of Oakland, it is the home of many stores, restaurants, and hotels. Enjoy the farmer’s market each Sunday morning or tour the USS Potomac at the Bay Ferry Dock.
But before you leave the Bay Area, you should head to Marshall’s Beach in San Francisco to watch the sunset in one of the Bay Area’s most secluded beaches.
Next time you head to the Bay Area, be sure to check out some of the locations above to have the experience of a lifetime!
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O’ahu is home to Honolulu, Hawaii’s capital, making it a central location for islanders and travelers alike. Coined as the gathering place, O’ahu has naturally brought people together for fun, business, and to enjoy nature.
Also called the Rainbow State for their frequent appearances on the island, O'ahu boasts some of the most famous beaches in the world. Waikiki, Ala Moana, and North Shore beaches all have something unique to offer for each adventure seeker. North Shore is known for their big waves, attracting surfers from all over the world, and Waikiki lines the shore of Honolulu, drawing visitors while in the city. Join the fun and book your trip to the beautiful island of O’ahu!
Waimea Bay – Located on North Shore beach, making it great place to have fun in the water like bodyboarding, surfing, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. Waimea Bay also has beautiful cliffs. Be sure to check out the beach conditions before you head out to know what the waves are going to be like for the day.
Diamond Head State Park – Hawaii’s best-known landmark holds historical, cultural, natural, and recreational importance to Hawaii. It was formed more than 150,000 years ago after a huge volcanic eruption and eventually became the Diamond Head that exists on the eastern edge of Waikiki. It’s a must-see for every trip and will wow anyone who sets eyes on it.
Banzai Pipeline – Here lives another surfer’s paradise. This beach boasts perfect rolling waves and beautiful sunsets. Watch surfers take on unimaginable waves during the winter and go snorkeling to see the reef in the summer when the waves die down
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Waikiki Beach – This beach is lined with luxury resorts and high end shopping, dining, and entertainment. Historically, it was where the royals of the island would play. With views at every angle, enjoy the beach and the liveliness around it. Visit Waikiki to experience what generations of Hawaiians have enjoyed.
Ala Moana Beach – Beautiful beaches are not hard to come by in Hawaii, but finding a beach that suits you is important for picking the day’s excursions. Ala Moana Beach has plenty of trees, picnic tables, and tennis courts to enjoy. This is great beach for someone who wants to picnic and lounge around for a couple hours.
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The Royal Hawaiian Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort – This is a luxury resort on Waikiki beach that was the vacation destination of royals back when it was originally built in 1927. Since then, visitors from around the world have traveled to visit the resort in Waikiki. The menus at the restaurant use locally-sourced ingredients, like fresh fish and tropical fruits, and each dish is beautifully-presented. While you enjoy your meal, you can watch hula dancers and fire spinners perform. Come join the luau!
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It’s one of the best kept secrets at Southwest—what will Gary and Team dress up as for Halloween? Lips have been sealed tight and the anticipation has been building, and it’s finally time for his grand reveal! Here’s a hint… Gary’s character: “Have I gone mad?” Alice Kingsley: “I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” You guessed it… Gary Kelly, our CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board, is none other than the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland! See the video to catch a glimpse at the transformation!
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Over the last few weeks, you’ve gotten a glimpse of Southwest’s short film featuring 12-year-old Emily from Trenton, MO who has big dreams to become a professional ballet dancer. She never imagined that a Southwest Airlines Pilot would play a huge role in taking her dream on the dance floor to 30,000 feet. Today, you’ll learn about the final ingredient of making this little girl’s dream come true in our world premiere of Southwest’s short film, "The Voyage of a Dream." Southwest First Officer Gary has volunteered for our Adopt-A-Pilot program where more than 42,000 fifth-grade students in nearly 1,500 classrooms adopt a Southwest Pilot to lead them through science, math, and other core subjects based on aviation-related activities. This is where Gary met Emily—in her fifth-grade classroom. Gary asked his fifth grade class in Trenton, MO to write an essay on what they aspire to be when they grow up. He takes this essay assignment one step further for all of his students and makes an announcement on his flights asking if anyone would like to be a mentor to an aspiring child.
On a recent flight, he shared Emily’s essay and dream of one day becoming a professional ballet dancer with a plane full of Southwest Customers. When Gary asked if anyone would like to mentor this little girl, NYC Ballet Gala Co-Chairman Andrea rang her Flight Attendant call button. Although Andrea has traveled a lot in her life, she’s never experienced a Pilot doing what Gary did. She became the final ingredient in making Emily’s dream come true with an invitation to learn from the NYC Ballet Principal Dancers and even go backstage to meet them before the spotlight was on their pique turns and jetés across the stage.
Check out this short film and follow Emily’s voyage of a dream and why it’s so important to help kids dream big dreams.
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Bright lights, tutus, and pink satin pointe shoes. Those are the ingredients that make up a big dream for 12-year-old Emily from Trenton, MO. Over the last two weeks, you’ve heard from Emily and her desire to become a professional ballet dancer. You also met Southwest Airlines Pilot, Gary, who has helped kids dream big dreams for more than a decade through our Adopt-A-Pilot program. Stay tuned to Southwest’s Facebook page next Tuesday, September 18, where we’ll host the world premiere of Southwest’s short film and you can find out our Pilot’s role in taking Emily’s dream on the dance floor to 30,000 feet. What are you dreaming about? Tell us your dream story by commenting below.
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Last week, you met 12-year-old Emily from Trenton, MO who has big dreams to become a professional ballet dancer. She never imagined that a Southwest Airlines Pilot would play a huge role in taking her dream on the dance floor to 30,000 feet.
Emily met First Officer Gary through Southwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot program—an education initiative where more than 42,000 fifth-grade students in nearly 1,500 classrooms adopt a Southwest Pilot to lead them through science, math, and other core subjects based on aviation-related activities. When Gary is in the classroom, he helps his students dream big dreams, because if he doesn’t, they might never have that big dream, or they might keep it hidden because they’re afraid someone might tell them they’re not good enough to do it.
Stay tuned to the Nuts blog next Monday, September 10, where you’ll get another glimpse of Southwest’s short film, which will make its world premiere on our Facebook page on Tuesday, September 18.
What are you dreaming about? Tell us your dream story by commenting below.
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Dear Adopt A Pilot,
Can't wait to hear Emily's story. Very touching. My dream has been to visit Branson, Mo for all of the entertainment and homey atmosphere. Few airlines fly to Branson and I'm thrilled to hear that Southwest will be flying there. Since my hubby is disabled and uses a scooter to get around we are limited in our travels but long to travel more. Driving from Las Vegas to Branson would be out of the question for us due to our advanced age but we both dream of going there.
Living in the Entertainment capital of the world is wonderful especially since entertainment venues offer complimentary tickets to locals for many events, and are made accessible for people with physical disabilities. We are originally from Chicago and we chose the proper place for our retirement years.
Southwest has become our airline of choice to visit Chicago twice yearly through the Rapid Rewards Dining program, and Rapid Rewards airline mileage program which has helped us greatly because of being on a fixed income.
Thank you Southwest for making dreams come true.
A Fond Southwest Traveler,
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This Memorial Day, as with others, we invite Servicemen and Servicewomen to enjoy a free adult beverage of choice, and to board directly following our Business Select Passengers. Throughout the year, Southwest hosts Honor Flights all across the nation. These flights carry military veterans to war memorials in Washington, D.C., and provide an unrivaled send-off and return. Military heroes are greeted with an audience of hundreds, cheering, waving flags, and displaying a much-owed respect for those who have sacrificed their lives, those present for the voyage, and for those who will enter the Armed Forces to protect our Freedom. In celebration of Armed Forces Day, The Palazzo/Venetian Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines joined with the Armed Forces Foundation and Omaha Steaks to salute our nation’s wounded veterans with a weekend of world-class entertainment, dining and relaxation in Las Vegas from May from 16th to 19th. You can read a personal account from Harry "Butch" Brown, who is the father of Airline Reporter David Parker Brown. The following account is from Southwest's own Stephanie Schaller: Earlier this month, Southwest had the opportunity to “Salute Our Troops” from San Antonio Military Medical Center with a celebratory Vegas getaway for dozens of Wounded Warriors and their guests to enjoy a break from hospitals and doctor visits. When I sat on my Southwest Airlines flight back to Dallas after this amazing event, I had a moment to reflect on the truly humbling trip I just experienced. As you’ll see in this video, I met an amazing group of men and women who serve our country and Protect our Freedom, and I will never forget their sacrifices or their stories. During one of the nights on the trip, we had a group dinner on the Palazzo® Las Vegas patio sponsored by Omaha Steaks where these brave men and women shared their stories with me and debated which branch is better. As a daughter of a Marine and a granddaughter to two Sailors, I tried my best to represent both branches, but was outnumbered by the soldiers (Army) in the group! I really enjoyed playing electronic roulette with one of the heroes and now my new friend Josh, who shared with me his "strategy" he learned the last time he was in Vegas. It worked by the way, as we both won and I plan on using it for the future! I was even able to take my $20 and turn it into $40! Thanks, Josh! Another hero, James, and the rest of us enjoyed dancing our hearts out at LAVO and showing the club the best way to "Party Like a Rockstar!" James shared with me that he hadn’t had that much fun in a long time! Even though I couldn’t pick a favorite, I think these experiences combined are what made this trip so special and meaningful to me. I’d be lying if I said the stories these heroes shared with me didn’t change my life and offer new perspective about things that are worth fighting for—our Freedoms. Now, since some things that happen in Vegas usually need to stay there, here are a few stories from my new hero friends. Specialist James, U.S. Army Even though we had very little sleep the entire trip, it was nice to feel appreciated. The VIP experience at the club, enjoying the musical influence of the Blue Man Group, and having a little last minute luck ($$$) right before we left are just some of the activities that come to mind during my trip to Vegas. It was also nice to be able to experience this with my brother and fellow Solider. Getting off the plane was extremely overwhelming because I didn’t realize how much people cared; not all cities have military support like this! Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible. I can’t wait to go back! Specialist Josh, U.S. Army Even though I am not in an ideal situation right now of being in the hospital, it was nice to get away to the city that never sleeps and act our age! We were able to get away and cut loose. Not to mention I tried every kind of food there--now that’s a buffet! They even shut down the pool, which gave us time to relax, be away from the crowd, and enjoy each other’s company. I am very flattered by the amount of people who came out to show their support at the airport and when we arrived at the Palazzo Hotel; I almost didn’t want to get off the bus! I was able to bring a friend from my old unit in Germany who was there since there is always something to do! Even though I had been to Vegas a few times previously, this by far was the best, so thanks to everyone who helped coordinate this.
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This is the final part of a video series on Lee Toland Krieger and Will McCormack, makers of the Sundance film “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” The cast includes Rashida Jones (also co-writer), Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood. This year, Southwest Airlines partnered with the Sundance Film Festival to fly selected filmmakers to screen their work in other cities during the festival. In the conclusion, Lee Toland Krieger and Will McCormack cap off their travels with the East Coast premiere of “Celeste and Jesse Forever” at Boston’s Coolidge Corner Theatre. The duo also talks about the gratification of selling a film after years of trying to make it, and also their hopes for the film’s future. Thanks to Lee, Will, and the folks at Sundance for allowing us to capture this behind-the-scenes piece. Enjoy.
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This is part two of a video series on Lee Toland Krieger and Will McCormack, makers of the Sundance film “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” The cast includes Rashida Jones (also co-writer), Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood. This year, Southwest Airlines partnered with the Sundance Film Festival to fly selected filmmakers to screen their work in other cities during the festival. In part two, Lee Toland Krieger and Will McCormack travel from Salt Lake City to Boston Logan Airport on their way to the East Coast premiere. The duo also talks about selling their film “Celeste and Jesse Forever” to Sony Pictures Classics.
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This is part one of a video series on Lee Toland Krieger and Will McCormack, makers of the Sundance film “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” The cast includes Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, and Will McCormack. McCormack and Jones co-wrote the film's script. This year, Southwest Airlines partnered with the Sundance Film Festival to fly selected filmmakers to screen their work in other cities during the festival. To document what this is like, I spent a few days with filmmakers Lee and Will on their journey from the snowy scene at Sundance to Boston’s Coolidge Corner Theatre. Despite the buzz surrounding their film, both were incredibly down to earth.
With that said, I introduce to you Lee and Will, in part one of our three-part video series.
And one last note: I’d like to thank them for letting me stick a camera in their face for three days.
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What a wonderful human interest story! Nice job gentleman. It is so refreshing to have a good story for a change and this surely could have been a not so good story for Douglas Wong! Mr. Wong, we don't always get to know the "why" we have been given another chance at life right away...just live your life to the fullest and appreciate every second thanks to Will Pierce and Juan Milo. God Bless all.
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In true Frankenstein fashion, we called Gary's costume for Halloween 2011 an "experiment gone wrong." But watch this video, and you'll see that a lot of hard work went into making Gary... scary.
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Rangers players "subbed" for Southwest Airlines Operations Agents and Ramp Agents to marshal in a Southwest Airlines 737, unload baggage from the aircraft, and greet passengers as they arrived at Dallas Love Field, and mingled with travelers at the terminal.
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