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San Francisco

Wandering artists, progressive reformers, and tech-savvy trendsetters stay true to San Francisco’s creative roots.

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Public Transit

The MUNI, comprised of rail and bus systems, work well for getting around the city. BART will take you to much of the surrounding areas. MUNI is $2.00 and BART varies based on the distance you travel. Biking is an extremely popular mode of transit, and you can plan your route online to avoid major hills. Caltrain takes commuters south to Silicon Valley. If you’re short on time, taxis are always an option. Depending upon your destination, a ferry across the bay may work for you.

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Known for

The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Victorian architecture, steep hills, dense fog, gay pride, bohemianism, Beatniks, tech start ups, culinary prowess

Locals Love

Locals Love

Indian summers, independent…everything, organic...everything, apps, The 49ers, The Giants, the wiggle, IT’S IT, craft coffee, defining neighborhoods, startups

Locals Complain About

Locals Complain About

Lack of housing, high rent, parking tickets, BART strikes, bad traffic, bad coffee, impenetrable fog, people getting their neighborhood wrong, startups

Discover San Francisco

Discover San Francisco, a west coast city that reaches great heights. Its hills steep, its bridges esteemed, and its vistas incomparable, this energetic bohemian outpost packs a lot into its 7x7 mile environs. San Francisco's neighborhoods and the locals that love them each tell their own story. Take the time to speak with them and you'll learn a lot—you're likely to find a resident that spends the extra time to help you get where you want to go, and then suggests a spot they know that you just might like even better.

Fun facts
  • Fun Fact

    Lombard Street is not SF's crookedest street, as popularly believed. It is actually Vermont Street.

  • Fun Fact

    San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia.

  • Fun Fact

    San Francisco was originally called Yerba Buena, a Spanish name meaning “good grass.” In 1847, the name was changed to San Francisco after St. Francis.

  • Fun Fact

    The Chinese Fortune Cookie was invented at the Japanese Tea Garden by Makato Hagiwara. Irish coffee was invented in SF.

  • Fun Fact

    Soon after Golden Gate Park opened in 1890, a free-range zoo was added, home to elk, bears, goats, and buffalo. The buffalo are the only ones that remain.

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