2. Feel Like You’ve Gone to Hong Kong In San Francisco’s Chinatown
Need a dim sum fix? Head to San Francisco’s renowned Chinatown and pretend you’ve transported to the Far East. San Francisco has the largest Chinatown beyond Asia. Established in 1848, it is also the oldest on the North American continent. The moment you pass through the ornate Dragon Gate, you’ll be immersed in the hustle and bustle of merchants, herbalists, fish markets, temples and restaurants. It’ll give you a good sense of the hubbub along Hong Kong’s Nathan Road. Meander down some side streets and alleys off of Grant Street to absorb some more authentic Chinese character. If you can visit during the Autumn Moon Festival or Chinese New Year, all the better. Go on and check out the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, but know that this take-out staple is not a traditional Chinese post-meal nibble. They were invented and popularized here, making them a real San Francisco treat.