The Afar Guide to
San Francisco

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.

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Things to do in San Francisco

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Davina BaumSan Francisco Local Expert

Davina Baum has been in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. She has lived and worked in Oakland, the North Bay, the South Bay, and San Francisco, and relishes exploring each region and neighborhood.
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Andi FisherSan Francisco Local Expert

Andi Fisher blogs at Misadventures with Andi.
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Kristin ZibellSan Francisco Local Expert

Kristin Zibell blogs at Take Your Big Trip