06/24/2014 08:59 am ET Updated Jul 09, 2014

San Francisco's Must-See Sights, According To Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy is the kind of guy with whom you want to tour the world. His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, was a New York Times bestseller, and he is a regular contributor to the likes of Travel + Leisure and AFAR. So, when the actor set out to experience the best of what San Francisco has to offer, we were right there with him.

With the help of a helicopter ride from Seaplane Adventures, McCarthy got a quick tour of The City by the Bay, including aerial views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. "With over 80,000 miles of wire in its main cables, the Golden Gate has become the symbol of San Francisco," he said.

Next, McCarthy took in San Francisco's Chinatown, which is the largest Chinatown in the world outside of Asia. He received a rejuvenating treatment from a local acupuncture clinic, and got a quick lesson in the uses and benefits of Chinese herbs.

Working up a hunger, the adventurer headed to State Bird Provisions, a San Francisco hotspot and recipient of a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, where he was thoroughly impressed by what Chef Stuart Brioza was serving.

When the sun went down, McCarthy caught up with an old friend and had a drink at a bustling speakeasy called Bourbon & Branch, located in the Tenderloin. The evening officially ended on a high note, though, when the pair hit Pancho Villa Taqueria in the Mission District for a burrito night cap. According to McCarthy, this is how you do San Francisco.

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