The Big Apple has a lot to offer, no doubt about it. The nightlife never ends, you can get quality meals after 10 p.m., the arts are world class. And an East Coaster in both birthright and heart is warmed at the sight of brick and stone buildings again. But the unending concrete has a way of suffocating a converted Californian. Returning to San Francisco, you'll be reminded how beautiful and airy the city is, with its finely landscaped, green-all-year-round parks (Central Park seemed dreary next to Golden Gate Park), and those spectacular views -- as close as the nearest hill -- of the famous bridges, or the Pacific and the bay twinkling in the sunlight. Sure, the Empire State Building has a breathtaking view of New York City, but it ain't free now is it?