San Francisco, Calif.
San Francisco is a great example of a city that has something for everyone. There's the mercantile bustle of Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, the thrilling disquiet of visiting infamous Alcatraz across the San Francisco Bay, and the novelty of traipsing through Chinatown and Japantown. Golden Gate Park offers all sorts of outdoor leisure opportunities, as well as museums and botanical gardens. A ride on the cable cars is, of course, a must for any family visiting San Fran, and the rest of the city's comprehensive public transportation network (while sometimes confusing for first-timers) is the way to go after a long day spent walking and sightseeing.