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San Francisco’s new waterfront
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San Francisco’s new waterfront

America’s Cup is the premier sailing compe­tition in the world, so when San Francisco was named a host city of the 2013 regatta, it was huge. For the first time in a long time, the city will actually feel like a port town. The northern waterfront (for decades a tangle of dilapidated piers) begins reno­vations this summer, and two weeks of races kick off in August. americascup.com

More: Insider guide to San Francisco Bay Area

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