San Fran, says travel blogger Kathy Petrino

Edgy, imaginative, adventurous and full of free spirit, San Francisco has been drawing tourists from around the world for many decades. Its quintessential California charm partnered with established landmarks has made this city — and county by the same name — a top-five destination in the United States among foreign tourists. Whether traveling from within the U.S., as travel blogger Kathy Petrino has done, or visiting good ole’ San Fran from another global region, this seaside port in western North America welcomes one and all, adding to its 25 million annual visitors.

Founded in 1776 by Spanish colonists, it was not until the California Gold Rush of 1849 that San Francisco’s growth expanded more swiftly. It grew into the largest city on the West Coast of the United States for a short time, peaking around 1900. Mere years later, in 1906, much of the city was destroyed by earthquake and fire. Although it was quickly rebuilt, it took significant time for San Francisco to gain its tourist appeal — particularly among the post World War I and World War II immigrations, peace movements, vast liberal culture and more. Now, as an immensely popular international destination, says avid traveler Petrino, San Francisco’s rich history has become a cornerstone as well as its Golden Gate Bridge and other landmarks, its cool climate, its eclectic culture, its rolling hills and its seaside location, including Fisherman’s Wharf. Kathy Petrino says San Fran is a wonder of American growth and contemporary culture that must be experienced.

Travel Blogger Kathy Petrino Suggests Sports Spots

Many sports fans don’t travel much farther than their local stadium, rooting for the home team. But for those avid sporting fans with a desire to view the BIG game or defining locations in the history of baseball, basketball, football, hockey and more, avid traveler and writer Kathy Petrino has a few suggestions. Among her many travels across the globe, Petrino has identified several destinations that the biggest fans must see, must experience, must capture in their entirety to truly appreciate the game.

And nearing the top of that list is Fenway Park — even for those who immensely loathe those Boston Red Sox. For lovers of America’s favorite pastime, seeing the Big Green Monster in person as well as cheering within the stadium is a bucket list goal. Plus, and Kathy Petrino will note, the vendors surrounding and within the field are top-notch. In Iowa, tucked away in Dyersville, baseball lovers — and movie lovers — can discover the Field of Dreams movie set, an iconic landmark for many sports fanatics. Then across the Atlantic, in London, the United Kingdom’s largest soccer stadium, Wembley, is not just a place for amazing sporting events, it’s also the scene for fashion, theater and art. Soccer, which is notably the world’s sport, also brings in visitors worldwide to stadiums in Brazil — Allianz Parque in Sao Paulo — and Spain’s Camp Nou in Barcelona, both of which Petrino recommends for those football fanatics.