San Francisco is an enduringly popular tourist destination and with good reason – this Californian city is simply a whole lot of fun. From the time you wake up until you rest your head on your pillow at night, you will never be short of something to do in this city that is large enough to feel exciting, but small enough to be conveniently accessible. While in town, visit iconic sites such as the Golden Gate Bridge, take a ride on the Cable Cars, climb Coit Tower, or take that famous picture of the Painted Ladies or Lombard Street. You can also slow things down a notch and spend time at local farmers’ markets and vintage shopping at the incredible thrift stores that line the streets of the city.
Location: A jewel in the crown of the Bay Area
San Francisco is one of the main cities of California, and the primary city hub for the Bay Area. The international airport is serviced by uncountable airlines. Long distance and intercity trains also make their way here.
Business: Booming tech industry and super-venue for events
San Francisco and the Silicon Valley are huge areas for industry, especially technology start-ups. Many of the great companies we know today started their life in the Silicon Valley, including Cisco Systems, Adobe, Intel, and Netflix. Furthermore, numerous financial services, an expansive city government, and a diverse hotel scene call the city their home. Events and trade fairs find their best setting in the Moscone Center, an impressive, ultra-modern venue in downtown.
Culture: Galleries galore, big and small, modern and historic
If you want to discover a diverse and vibrant arts scene, visiting ‘Frisco’ should be a priority for you. This city is home to huge galleries that are celebrated across the world and host important works of art, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, but there is also a multitude of smaller, independent galleries dotted all around the city that display the works of up and coming artists.
Activities: Shop until you drop!
The City by the Bay has a lot to offer to those that enjoy visiting iconic landmarks like Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman's Wharf, but it is also a shopper's delight. To say that San Francisco is a great place for shopping is a huge understatement–this city is a shopping Mecca, and no matter what you are looking for or what your tastes might be, you are sure to find something you love in this city. Fashionistas will appreciate the abundance of vintage shops in the downtown area and the colorful boutiques on Castro Street, while all of the major high-end brands, such as Victoria's Secret and Macy's, can be found around Union Square. Finally, for a great trip outing with the family, visit the legendary Alcatraz Island.