You won't be disappointed visiting the SF Bay Area because there plenty of things to do, and lots of places to see! Not to mention there is a variety of foods and entertainment for you to enjoy.
San Francisco is known for its marvelous tourist attractions such as The Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, and Alcatraz Prison. However, there are other great San Francisco attractions for you to visit, such as the Japanese Tea Garden and Pier 39.
There's also a variety of San Francisco Museums that you and your company can enjoy.
...And I can't even begin to talk about the food here! From seafood, steaks, desserts, and pastas, the cultural diversity here in San Francisco produces an amazing variety of restaurant selections!
Ok, you're probably not going to jump for joy like this guy, but you just might, hehe.
I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life and I don't have much to complain about it...Of course, the weather's "bipolar as hell" (is what my friends and I say, lol) and parking is difficult in SF sometimes, but I think I can say that it's all worth it. :)
San Francisco may cross the mind of others as a city too commercialized, urban, and crowded to enjoy a peaceful, quiet vacation (well...kind of, haha.)
If you're looking to spend your vacation in a quiet, peaceful island, then I suggest you go to Hawaii... But if you're looking for a fun night in the city, looking to mingle with a bunch of other fun loving individuals, and don't mind sharing amazing, historical attractions with other tourists, then you'll have no problem enjoying your time here.
Don't get me wrong, there are a few spots where you can enjoy a nice quiet time with a special someone...I suggest you visit these Romantic Places in San Francisco if you're wondering where you can spend some quality time with your special guest. ;).
Hey, California may be sunny, but I'm not gonna lie...It's pretty darn cold and windy in San Francisco sometimes! If you do decide to visit San Francisco, make sure to bring an extra sweater, even if it looks sunny and hot. Later in the day or early at night, it does get kinda cold...
Since San Francisco and the Bay Area is indeed surrounded by water, it's no surprise that the weather may be generally cold...even in the Summer.
However, during the day and early Summer afternoons in the city, the weather is quite hot. But high peaks and locations closer to the water such as Twin Peaks and the Golden Gate Bridge will generally have you experiencing cool winds.
The weather can go as cold as 29Â°F and as hot as 101Â°F, but it tends to generally be around 51-71Â°F most of the year.
To me, it's either really hot here...or really cold... So don't be surprised if one day you find the weather too hot and the next too cold! So, dress appropriately and bring a variety of clothes when you visit San Francisco!
City of San Francisco
Living in San Francisco is expensive. The cost of living here is roughly equal or less than the salary of those that live here. Poverty here is not so much of an issue as those of third world countries, but there are quite a myriad amount of homeless individuals. When you visit San Francisco, there may be some neighborhoods which may appear to be more "ghetto" than others. Other San Francisco neighborhoods such as Embarcadero, Mission Bay, and South Beach house the more seemingly affluent population of San Francisco.
So what the heck do I do here on a daily basis? I go out...and when I have time, I work, haha. While others choose to be workaholics, I choose to go out as much as I can and enjoy my time with family, friends, and my boyfriend.
During the daytime, I take a walk or jog around the San Francisco Golden Gate Park or Fisherman's Wharf. I also enjoy little photo sessions and picnics at the parks and beaches. When I'm not walking around, I pig out at some favorite restaurants. I also enjoy shopping and watching movies at the Metreon with my friends. During the night time, I get crazy and dance around in one of the many night clubs of the Bay Area!
Those that live in San Francisco may value the importance of public transportation. Munis/Cable Cars and the BART provide those transporting to/from convenient transportation without having to bother with traffic, toll, and parking fees.
Just how many people live in San Francisco? According to the 2010 United States Census, SF currently has a population of 805,235. The majority consists of Caucasians and Asians.
Since SF has large gay population, plenty partake in political and cultural activities. San Francisco Pride or the Gay Pride Parade is something that the gay and lesbian communities strongly participate in. The Castro street in San Francisco displays rainbow flags and banners that represent the symbol of gay and lesbian pride.
When you visit San Francisco, don't be surprised by the expensive costs you may endure during your trip. Like I said, the cost of living here is expensive, it's also because the average salary here is quite high (if you're lucky enough to find a job that is). Many put importance on education when jobs are being considered, so if you decide to live here one day, make sure to remember that employment here is rather competitive!
Overall, I find San Francisco a fun, busy, safe, friendly, and convenient place to live in. If you're wondering how it feels to have that "city life", then I welcome you to visit San Francisco and experience it for yourself!
If you plan to visit San Francisco from another state...or country, you'll most likely arrive at the SFO (San Francisco Airport). There's a BART (train/sub) that you can take that can take you closer to your destination.
However, if it's your first time visiting San Francisco, I suggest you rent a car and have a GPS handy. It will make your travel a lot easier the first time you visit San Francisco as the GPS will guide you through all the freeways and one-way streets that most non-locals (or even some locals) find unnerving. =D.
And I do suggest (if using your own car) that you get your car checked up prior to driving around San Francisco because the roads are amongst hills, so prepare yourself for navigating through steep hills!
See you around,
Your friendly, local SF travel guide ;).
Always make sure you have coins handy just in case you need some for the parking meter or munis =D.
I hope that you do decide to visit San Francisco as you surely will not regret it. Regardless of what you decide to do here in San Francisco, the memories for sure will be memorable ones!
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