San Francisco

A diverse and urban paradise in Northern California.

Welcome to San Francisco

California’s foggy, urban heart, home to cultural institutions and world-class cuisine
A diverse and urban paradise in Northern California, San Francisco understandably ranks as one of the best cities in the world. Considered California's cultural, commercial, and financial center, the "Golden City" is revered for its romantic rolling hills, world-class cuisine, grand Victorians, cable cars, and beautiful waterfront. There is no shortage of things to see and do in the city, and it is a global center for the arts and sciences, home to a number of educational and cultural institutions.

What to Love

  • Fisherman's Wharf has some of the freshest and best seafood destinations in the city
  • Easy to navigate with the famous cable cars convenient traveling between the waterfront and Union Square alongside the historic streetcars and the BART
  • Home of the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge

People & Lifestyle

San Francisco is one of the most populated cities in the state and stretches across approximately 47 square miles. It's an expensive city to live in, but the steep cost of living is well worth it to those who want to live in one of the world's top cultural hotspots. The nice thing about San Francisco is the multitude of neighborhoods, each with a unique personality. Whether you want to live near the area's best shopping, along the water, or in a more kid-friendly community, you'll have dozens of options to choose from.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Neighborhood staple Sotto Mare in the heart of North Beach is the best place for Italian-style seafood, pasta, and cioppino. Enjoy an authentic experience while sitting inside a warm space festooned with nautical decor.
Fans of Chinese food will find plenty of choices in San Francisco, including the cultural destination China Live in Chinatown. Experience the best restaurants and bars in this modern marketplace offering multi-fare Chinese fare and artisan teas. If you're craving something more high-end, try Mister Jiu's, which resides in a restored historic space.
Pearl 6101 plates California-inspired Mediterranean cooking with drinks from the city's top industry professionals. The recently-opened Sorella is a more casual Italian spot, and it comes from the same team behind Acquerello, a two-Michelin-starred establishment.
There is also plenty of shopping and dining options in Union Square and the Filmore Street Shopping District.

Things to Do

When it comes to finding something to do in San Francisco, you'll find there is no shortage of events, activities, parks, and family-friendly festivals. San Francisco is home to the third most-visited park in the county, Golden Gate Park, a large urban destination that stretches across 1,000 acres.

Other popular parks and outdoor areas include the Marin Headlands, known for its dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and unique geology. And speaking of the Golden Gate Bridge, millions of visitors come to San Francisco to view the 746-foot tall tower landmark. Baker Beach is one of the best beaches in San Francisco, with incredible scenic views and dramatic coastlines. Experience cultural and natural history at Presidio Park, which has served as an army post for more than 200 years.

As for festivals, New Year's Eve Fireworks Over the Bay is a great way to ring in the New Year, while the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown is a dazzling display showcasing Japanese culture. The San Francisco Pride Parade is at the forefront of the LGBTQ movement as a world-renowned event running for 52 years. For music lovers, the Outside Lands Festival is an annual music festival held at Golden Gate Park.

There are many other fantastic options for entertainment in San Francisco, such as San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Grace Cathedral, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco Ferry Building, and the annual Fleet Week Air Show.


Public schools are run by the San Francisco Unified School District, and the city also features more than 100 private and parochial schools. Below are some of the city's most notable and highly-rated institutions:

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