About San Francisco

As author Rudyard Kipling once said, “San Francisco has only one drawback--’tis hard to leave.” San Francisco serves as Northern California’s commercial and financial epicenter with millions of residents and vacationers navigating its streets each year. Originally a Spanish mission and pueblo, the city was later incorporated by the United States and rapidly rose to prominence during the Gold Rush era. Over time, and despite setbacks, the city has progressed into a haven for creatives, tech giants, activists, culinary enthusiasts, and beyond.

Neighborhood Personalities

Each neighborhood represents a different face of San Francisco, containing its own microcosm of culture. PIER 39, Ghirardelli Square, and Jefferson Street in Fisherman’s Wharf draw in crowds with fresh seafood restaurants, renovated historic buildings, popular attractions like Aquarium of the Bay, and tours of nearby Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. The Mission District is famous for Mission Dolores, its Mission-style burritos, and Dolores Park. Chinatown offers authentic cuisine, layered history, and transportive, ornate architecture. The corners of Haight and Ashbury showcase colorful Victorian-style homes known as the “Painted Ladies”, with bustling shops lining the streets. And these are only a fraction of what you can encounter on your trip.

Pioneering Food Scene

Famous for its trend-setting culinary culture, San Francisco’s regional delicacies are just as much of a good reason to visit as any. According to WalletHub’s 2019 study, San Francisco ranked #4 among the best food cities in the US when considering diversity, quality, and accessibility. This foodie city leads the pack in authentic and fusion cuisines from around the world, plant-based alternatives, the brunch craze, freshly caught seafood, and so much more. A few San Francisco staples include Dungeness crab, Joe’s Special, cioppino, Xiao Long Bao, and Mission-style burritos.

City of Hills & Ocean Views

Lauded for its natural landscapes, San Francisco’s urban trails and parks offer space from the hustle of city living. In fact, San Francisco became the first city in the nation to ensure residents are within ten minutes in walking distance to a local park. Glen Canyon Park leads lead hikers through thick vegetation and scrublands to a slope of gorgeous wildflowers each spring. Grandview Park Trail in the Sunset District gives incredible views of Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean. Twin Peaks or “Los Pechos de la Choca” provide the perfect vacation picture with panoramic views of the Bay Area at 922 feet. Overall, the local Parks and Recreation Department oversees over 200 areas, so get outside and explore.

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