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BOSTON

While the San Francisco Bay holds the No. 1 spot in my heart, Boston is my home away from home.

Most people come to this thriving city to see the various world-class educational institutions and explore the many historical monuments. Whether you enjoy shopping, eating, exploring or learning, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Boston.

While in Boston you must...

1. Catch up on the history of our country; walk the Freedom Trail. This red trail that travels throughout the city will take you on a walk to all the historic monuments in Boston.

2. Make your way down to the Bay and check out the New England Aquarium.

3. Take a walk through the Boston Common, one of the nation's oldest public parks. If at all possible, go during the fall; the trees are beautiful.

4. Browse the Museum of Science. You won't realize how quickly time flies by when your engulfed in the many exhibits, shows and activities.

5. Spend a day in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of America's most famous shopping and dining experiences.

SAN FRANCISCO

When I think of San Francisco, one thing comes to mind- diversity. Known as one of the most diverse cities in the world The Bay area has something to offer everyone.

Architecture plays a key role in the beauty of the city. The various Victorian houses in the area stick out like sore thumbs. Lombard Street, one of the city's most well-known attractions, is often called the "crookedest" street in the world.

The West Coast weather is also what attracts so many visitors to The Bay every year.

My favorite thing about San Francisco is, by far, the amazing food. When eating along the Coast in Southern California, you can taste the freshness of the ingredients being used. That is something you can't find in many places.

My Top 5 Favorite Eateries

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1. Mama's on Washington Square -- Great for breakfast, but get there early or you will be standing in a 45-minute line. This family-owned joint will take your taste buds for a wild ride.

2. Brenda's French Soul Food -- Delicious for any meal, though I enjoyed their breakfast/brunch menu the best. You have to order the beignets, a New Orleans favorite. If you're a coffee drinker you just might fall in love, their house blend is to die for.

3. Scoma's -- A real family-style dining experience located in Fisherman's Wharf. Scoma's is on the pricey side but the fresh-food is well worth the dent it will put in your wallet. I ate here for lunch and ordered the Dungeness crab and baby shrimp Louis. This salad was by far the best crab dish I have had to date; it was large enough to share with a party of four.

4. Koi Palace -- Dim sum is the heart of the Chinese culture, which is huge in the San Francisco area. Dim sum literally means "to touch the heart". Traditionally Americans would view dim sum as more of a lunch or dinner meal, however in the Chinese culture dim sum is eaten as breakfast. Koi Palace is located south of the city, but well worth the drive.

5. E'Tutto Qua! -- Located in the heart of North Beach, this eatery is a local favorite. I recommend coming for dinner and making reservations to avoid long waiting times. Everything from the bread to the antipasti is scrumptious, but save room for dessert, or as the Italians call it, dolci. I had the protiteroles, cream puffs filled with chantilly cream and covered in chocolate. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.