18 Exotic Places to Travel Right in the U.S.

Chinatown, San Francisco

Originally the port of entry for Chinese immigrants who arrived before the 1850s, today’s San Francisco’s Chinatown has grown into a dynamic center of Chinese culture. From the moment you walk through the gates at the intersection of Bush Street and Grant Avenue, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a totally different country. This vibrant ethnic destination is the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. You’ll find fish markets, produce, restaurants and retailers selling everything from staples to Chinese gifts and trinkets. Its narrow streets near the Financial District are made up of over 20 square blocks filled with interesting architecture and colorful décor. Don’t miss the oldest dim sum house in America, the Hang Ah Tea Room or the egg tarts at Golden Gate Bakery.

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