San Francisco is a foggy, electric seaside city that often finds itself on the leading edge of social and technological change. The small, friendly City by the Bay has long been a haven for immigrants, dreamers, artists, countercultural figures, and various marginalized groups—but in the 21st century, it is grappling with its identity in the throes of a tech boom. To know San Francisco, you must explore its neighborhoods: physical and cultural microclimates that lay nestled between wind-blasted hills. Look for the taquerias and tech scene in the Mission, the rainbow flags that fly above the Castro, the earnest hippie vibes of the Haight-Ashbury, and the beachy quietude of the Sunset. Visitors will find the city welcoming, temperate, and full of activities: for outdoorsy travelers, bookworms, shoppers, foodies, techies, and cultural mavens.
Davina BaumSan Francisco Local Expert
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