San Francisco

Excitement, Restaurants, City Life

Excitement, Restaurants, City Life

The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, is a populated region that surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California, United States. The region encompasses the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, along with smaller urban and rural areas.

The Bay Area’s nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Home to approximately 7.44 million people, the nine-county Bay Area contains many cities, towns, airports, and associated regional, state, and national parks, connected by a network of roads, highways, railroads, bridges, tunnels and commuter rail. The combined urban area of the region is the second-largest in California (after the Greater Los Angeles area), the fifth-largest in the United States, and the 56th-largest urban area in the world.

The San Francisco Bay Area has the 2nd most Fortune 500 headquarters in the country and is known for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship, and diversity. The area has high incomes, performing above the state median household income in the 2010 census; it includes the five highest California counties by per capita income and two of the top 25 wealthiest counties in the United States. Based on a 2013 population report from the California Department of Finance, the Bay Area is the only region in California where the rate of people migrating in from other areas in the United States is greater than the rate of those leaving the region, led by Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

It’s such a vibrant city with diverse views, unique neighborhoods and beautiful outdoor spaces. There is always so much to do in the City by the Bay. San Francisco is famous for its stunning landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39, but there are plenty of less-know, but still amazing things to do.

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco’s most defining landmark, and some say it’s the most beautiful bridge in the US.
Golden Gate Park
A peaceful park with winding walking trails, gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas, woods, and lakes.
Lombard Street
A beautiful street with eight curves and flowers that runs between Leavenworth and Hyde Street.
Alcatraz Island
A popular sight with gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and views of the Bay, and the remains of a former federal prison.
Palace of Fine Arts
A landmark with a romantic Greco-Roman rotunda and colonnades, lush grounds, and a lagoon, making it a good spot for an outdoor date.
Cable cars
Iconic cable cars known for their bells, panoramic views, and descents down steep hills.
A hands-on museum with over 600 exhibits and views of the city and bay from the Bay Observatory.
Twin Peaks
A peak with a 360 panoramic view of the city, including different districts and fog