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by Michael C. Lowe | July 01, 2011
Top Spot
U.S. News & World Report named San Francisco #1 for both Best U.S. Vacations and Best Summer Vacations. Read the articles here: travel.usnews.com.
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Local Update
The Grand Hyatt San Francisco will complete a renovation next month of all 685 guest rooms, adding flat-screen televisions, high-speed Internet access and works by Bay Area artists. Also being revamped is the 35th-floor fitness center.

Kimpton's Sir Francis Drake Hotel is in the process of remodeling its 417 guest rooms and public spaces, including Harry Denton's Starlight Room, the 1930s-style nightclub on the property's 21st floor. Guest rooms will receive new bedding, carpet, furnishings and artwork. The renovations are expected to be complete in August.

The 400-room Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront completed a renovation of its entire 11,500 square feet of event space in February. Function rooms are now outfitted with new A/V technology, including retractable screens and ceiling-mounted LCD projectors, and meeting rooms come equipped with wireless Internet capabilities.

The San Francisco Marriott Marquis will complete a renovation of all 1,500 rooms and guest-room corridors in July 2012. By next May, all rooms will feature high-speed wireless Internet.

San Francisco International Air­port completed its $383 million renovation of Terminal 2 in April. The 640,000-square-foot facility is the new home for American Airlines and Virgin America, and the first U.S. terminal to achieve LEED Gold certification. New features include skylights for more natural lighting, an innovative ventilation system that uses 20 percent less energy, a car-free connection via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system and local organic food vendors.

The 1.2 million-square-foot Moscone Center is in the midst of a $56 million renovation. The most noticeable change will be new architectural and design enhancements that will reflect the character of San Francisco, including images of the city and the use of colors indicative of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Other improvements include a revamped lobby, new digital displays and telecommunication upgrades. The project, which began in October 2010, is aiming for LEED Gold certification and slated to be completed by July 2012.

San Francisco Electric Tour Co. now offers Segway tours in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The eight-mile route is fully narrated.