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San Francisco

Okay, it's cheesy, but Tony Bennett left his heart there for a reason! Possibly it is the acceptance of all people regardless of background. The Gold Rush put this city on the map with the likes of Levi Strauss and Domingo Ghiradelli establishing their first trading outlets here. Then came the invention of the cable car so the wealthy could escape the hoi polloi and build their mansions high in the hills. The earthquake of 1906 was devastating, but the city was quickly rebuilt and grew from strength to strength.

San Francisco is essentially a series of neighbourhoods - approximately 90 of them. Here are a few not to miss - take a cable car up the steep incline to Nob Hill to see where the rich and famous built their mansions. Union Square is the main downtown commercial/shopping area. Cow Hollow is an upper middle class district with trendy boutiques and cafes on Union Street. Russian Hill is the neighbourhood home to the famous Lombard Street - the most crooked street in the US. The Mission district is where you'll find peace and love and Haight Ashbury!

Also must-sees include a trip to Alcatraz (get the headphones), Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. A visit to Chinatown is essential and of course there is still all of Northern California's wine country to visit!

"Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible." Walter Kronkite, Broadcaster

San Francisco Map

Landmarks    

A Taste Of San Francisco Pictures:   Previous    Next

Golden Gate Bridge at night slideshow


Typical San Francisco Weather
Month

High/Low
(F)

High/Low
(C)

Rain
(Inches)

January 58/46 14/8 4.8
February 61/49 16/9 4.2
March 62/49 17/10 3.4
April 65/50 18/10 1.3
May 65/51 19/11 0.6
June 68/53 20/12 0.1
July 68/54 20/12 0.1
August 69/56 21/13 0.1
September 71/56 22/13 0.3
October 70/55 21/13 1.2
November 64/51 18/10 3.3
December 59/47 15/8 3.2






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