A city known for both its bohemian vibe and gorgeous hills, San Francisco welcomes one and all to experience its beauty and diverse culture. The city was founded in 1776, when Spanish colonists established a fort and named it for Saint Francis of Assisi. Now, it’s the second-most densely populated major city in the United States, after only New York City.
The city’s array of activities will entertain all ages, from foodies, to outdoor adventurers, political activists to architects. The Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see, and is especially stunning as the sun hits the bay, casting its own golden, glowing reflection across the inlet. Biking across the bridge gives a beautiful view of the city, as well as a great workout.
Another must, and captivating in a darker way, is the nearby Alcatraz Island. The infamous abandoned prison is worth touring for the extensive history and stories of activism you’ll hear. But the best thing to do in San Francisco is simply stroll through the city. Fisherman’s Wharf is buzzing with activity, shopping and restaurants.
Visit, but spend more time in the Mission District, where an authentic Mexican ambience means the food is fantastic, the murals make your head spin and the boutiques and bodegas add charm. For a more tranquil stroll, Nob Hill and Russian Hill are lush with history and splendor. And this is only a taste of what the city has to offer.