Vibrant San Francisco
Collected by Kristin Zibell, AFAR Local Expert
The gold rush mentality has never left San Francisco: The city’s residents thrive on finding hidden treasures in this exciting city by the Bay. Recent tech-army arrivals and longtime residents living side by side provide liveliness and perspective.
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The California Academy of Sciences is an unfortunately stuffy name for an institution that is anything but staid. The country's largest natural-history museum includes an aquarium, a planetarium, an enormous rain-forest exhibit under a...
Financial District, San Francisco, CA, USA
The legacy of California's Gold Rush can be seen in San Francisco’s past and present. Visit the Financial District and download the Barbary Coast Trail's audio tour, following the gold medallions embedded in the city sidewalks to imagine this...
Dolores St & 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Mission Dolores Park, aka Delores Park, is one of the most popular parks in San Francisco, especially when the sun is out and the mercury is up. On a sunny weekend, you'll be hard pressed to find a patch of green to plant yourself on, but that's...
740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
When you think of a chocolate factory, a hip and airy space in the heart of one of the city's hottest neighborhoods may not spring to mind. But therein lies the surprise that is Dandelion Chocolate: part factory, part café, part...
1330 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
San Francisco is home to a diverse music and concert scene for all types of music lovers. The world-class San Francisco Symphony, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, performs at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Find your inner Miles Davis...
Japantown, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Travel around the world within San Francisco's city limits. Stroll the streets of downtown's Chinatown, starting at Grant Street, for trinkets and windows full of jade jewelry. (Though the outer avenues—in the Richmond and Sunset districts—are the...
Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA, USA
Walking the hills of San Francisco is a rewarding—and challenging—prospect. Spectacular views (and sculpted calves) are the reward. Start strong by going uphill first. From downtown, follow the cable car tracks up California Street to the top of...
San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Once a U.S. Army airfield, Crissy Field has undergone an amazing transformation over the past 20 years and is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A popular spot for dog walkers, bikers, runners, and families, the 1.5-mile...
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