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, California, USA
North of the Golden Gate, along the ocean all the way to the giant redwoods, there stretches a somewhat desolate landscape littered with lighthouses and fog induced towns that inspire hitchcockian daydreams on a clear sunday afternoon road trip.
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The academy of arts and science museum in golden gate park offers a whole day of fun and learning. A planetarium, an aquarium and a rainforest is such a diverse experience under one roof which is designed with the environment in mind. The roof is...
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
Since moving to San Francisco three months ago, I've gone to Dolores Park almost every weekend. The vibe there embodies what I've come to love about San Francisco. There's public drinking, yes, but people clean up after themselves, and behave...
740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
San Francisco's Dandelion Chocolate is a MUST if you love chocolate. This bean-to-bar chocolate factory recently opened and already they have a following. In the small café in front of the factory you can sample different types of chocolate...
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
The close of a day of celebrating The Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary. Crissy Field is one of the best spots to get your head and eyes wrapped around this marvel. Rent a bike and pedal the path leading to and from the bridge. Best ride of your...
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