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San Francisco, officially the City and Country of San Francisco, is the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.6 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away.
Currently, San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, ranking 35th out of the 100 most visited cities worldwide, and is named because for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and its Chinatown.Entrepreneurs sought to capitalize on the wealth generated by the Gold Rush. Early winners were the banking industry which saw the founding of Wells Fargo in 1852 and the Bank of California in 1864. Development of the Port of San Francisco and the establishment in 1869 of overland access to the Eastern U.S. rail system via the newly completed Pacific Railroad helped make the Bay Area a center for trade.
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History of San Francisco

San Francisco is located on the West Coast of the United States at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and includes significant stretches of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay within its boundaries. Several islands-Alcatraz, Treasure Island and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island, and a small portion of Alameda Island, Red Rock Island, and Angel Island are part of the city.San Francisco's climate is characteristic of the cool-summer Mediterranean climate of California's coast, "generally characterized by moist mild winters and dry summers. Among major U.S. cities, San Francisco has the coldest daily mean, maximum, and minimum temperatures for June, July and August.

Although the Financial District, Union Square, and Fisherman's Wharf are the famous places to visit. San Francisco is also characterized by its numerous culturally rich streetscapes featuring mixed-use neighborhoods anchored around central commercial corridors to which residents and visitors alike can walk. Because of these characteristics, San Francisco was known as "most walk able" city. Many neighborhoods feature a mix of businesses, restaurants and venues that cater to both the daily needs of local residents while also serving many visitors and tourists it also has the place for boutiques, cafes and nightlife.

Popular tourist destinations in San Francisco

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, California, United States.

Golden Gate
Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city's busiest tourist’s also a colony of sea lions to see and historic ships to tour.

Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds.


  • Union Square: The Times Square is the Fifth Avenue of San Francisco is the Union Square with its wonderful upscale shopping, touristy vibe, and overall exciting atmosphere. The shopping includes Cartier, MaxMara, and Betsey Johnson.
  • Embarcadero Center: Embaracedo is a popular shopping center in San Francisco with a nice store and shops, as well as delicious eateries and restaurants.
  • North Beach Grant and Columbus: The Little Italy of San Francisco, North Beach is more expansive than its east coast rival, not the place only for Italian food, but also authentic Italian clothing and fashion boutiques.
  • Polk Street Polk St. and Broadway: Polk Street is one of the only shopping centers in San Francisco focused on the fashionable yet money conscious shopper. With outlets, resale stores, and other discount centers, Polk Street is the place to get fashions at a fair price.

Places to visit

  • Fisherman's Wharf: Shops, shops, and a plethora of great seafood restaurants line the Wharf, where you can still find the old fishing crafts used by the Italian immigrants who brought the Wharf to life after the Gold Rush.
  • Chinatown: Home to the largest urban population of Chinese people outside China, Chinatown is so authentic, you will never feel that your inside San Francisco.
  • Japan Center: This is the place to hang out for a spa, shops, furnishings, and for a great restaurants. Two public parking garages are available.
  • Live Theater: The theater district offers a wide range of live performances, both musical and dramatic. And nice dining is in close proximity as per the visitor's convenience.
  • Concerts, Performing Art and Sporting Events: Ranked with a fine symphony, a much-revered opera season, and an acclaimed ballet troupe, San Francisco has always something with its unique taste. San Francisco is home to two outstanding parks, namely: Candlestick and the new Pac Bell, where home runs land in the San Francisco Bay.


Freeways and roads: Interstate 80 begins at the approach to the Bay Bridge and is the only direct automobile link to the East Bay. U.S. Route 101 connects to the western terminus of Interstate 80 and provides access to the south of the city along San Francisco Bay toward Silicon Valley.
Northbound, the routing for U.S. 101 uses arterial streets Mission Street, Van Ness Avenue, Lombard Street, Richardson Avenue, and Doyle Drive to connect to the Golden Gate Bridge, the only direct automobile link to Marin County and the North Bay.
Railway: Almost 32% of San Francisco residents use public transportation ranking it first on the West Coast and third overall in the United States. The San Francisco Municipal Railway known as Muni is the primary public transit system of San Francisco. Bay Area Rapid Transit, a regional Commuter Rail system, connects San Francisco with the East Bay through the underwater Transbay Tube.
Airports: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is under the control of the City and County of San Francisco. SFO is a center for United Airlines, its largest tenant, and serves as Virgin America's principal base of operations. Oakland International Airport is a popular, low-cost alternative to SFO. Geographically, Oakland Airport is approximately the same distance from downtown San Francisco as SFO, but due to its location across San Francisco Bay, it is greater driving distance from San Francisco.
Seaports: The Port of San Francisco was once the largest and busiest seaport on the West Coast. It featured rows of piers perpendicular to the shore, where cargo from the moored ships was handled by cranes and manual labor and transported to nearby warehouses.

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