San Francisco, lovingly called SF by locals, is a cultural, commercial and financial center and a liberal cosmopolitan city known for its scenic beauty, diverse communities, romantic surroundings, technology-forward thinking, startup tech culture, world class cuisines and theaters, and one of the expensive city for living in the world. San Francisco came to prominence and was known as the wickedest town in the country during the gold rush era which started in 1848 and exploded in 1949. The San Francisco 49ers got their names and painted ladies (beautiful pastel-colored houses on Steiner Street in the city) got their vibrant paint color because of this time period. The city also became the hub for both the hippie movement of the 1960’s and LGBTQ civil rights movement.
The city is filled with world-class landmarks like Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Alcatraz and the oldest and largest Chinatown in western hemisphere, Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit tower, Telegraph Hill, Baker Beach, Land’s End, Crissy Field, the Presidio and many other natural scenic vantage points.
Many intriguing and diverse neighborhoods in the city allow the visitors to learn its history, and enjoy theaters, arts, shopping, opera, symphony and other entertainments, parks, culture, cuisines and breathtaking views. Visitors can explore the hippie culture in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, LGBTQ hub Castro neighborhood, Latino neighborhood with excellent street art Mission District, vibrant Japanese culture in Japantown, Italian food and culture in North Beach and many more.
Each neighborhood in San Francisco has its own micro-climate, the best bet is to always dress in layers. Summer is foggy and cool, Winter is rainy and mild, Fall is warm and sunny and Spring is sunny and warm. San Francisco Fog in the summer is well known among locals which can stay up until midday.
San Francisco is close to the source of the freshest ingredients, adding delicious flavors to the innovative, diverse, cultural and modern cuisines in the city. It is important to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved while exploring this beautiful city. San Francisco is home to one of the best public transportation systems. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway connects airports, and suburbs to the city while Muni (San Francisco Municipal Railway) Buses and Metro Transportation System which also includes famous cable cars connect various places in the city. It is advisable to utilize public transportation and shared ride services like Uber and Lyft over renting the car so that visitors can enjoy exploring the city instead of worrying about parking and cost.
Just like any big city, visitors should be careful to not leave any valuables in the car, be aware of the surroundings while exploring the city, pickpocketing can happen at the popular tourist spots. Travelers must remember or save these numbers when visiting San Francisco: Police/Fire Emergency – 911, Police/Fire/City Services Non Emergency – 311.
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