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San Francisco Introduction


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San Francisco, California, is a world-class destination, a favorite of international travelers and domestic tourists alike. An unmatched spectrum of dining experiences, first-class cultural events, exceptional scenery and a pleasant climate combine for an enjoyable visit. Tourism is its prime industry, and the city has a thriving convention business that keeps its hotels and restaurants busy throughout the year.  Click here to see the full San Francisco travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Francisco Geography


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Perched on the northern tip of a peninsula, San Francisco is surrounded on three sides by water: to the west by the Pacific Ocean; to the east by San Francisco Bay, with Berkeley and Oakland on the other side (across the East Bay); and to the north by the narrow mouth of the Bay, spanned by the Golden Gate Bridge, which stretches to Marin County.   Click here to see the full San Francisco travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Francisco History


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The San Francisco Bay Area was originally inhabited by the Miwok and Ohlone people about 10,000 years ago. However, after Spanish explorers arrived in 1775, the Native Americans were almost wiped out by disease and mistreatment. The Spanish established an army base at the Presidio and the Mision San Francisco de Asis (more commonly known as Mission Dolores). The Spanish themselves were pushed out in 1846 when U.S. forces captured San Francisco during the Mexican-American War, and a small outpost founded by Mormon priest Sam Brannan became an official part of the U.S.   Click here to see the full San Francisco travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Francisco Sightseeing & Things to Do


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San Francisco offers a combination of scenic beauty, artistic accomplishments and brash character that is unmatched in the U.S. It's one of our favorite cities in the world.   Click here to see the full San Francisco travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Francisco Nightlife


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At night, the city offers something for every taste, from quiet piano bars on Nob Hill and trendy SoMa hot spots to colorful saloons downtown and in North Beach.   Click here to see the full San Francisco travel guide on Travel42 »

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San Francisco Restaurants & Dining


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The city's stellar restaurants representing cuisines from around the world are a source of pride for San Franciscans, who claim they have more restaurants per capita than any other city.   Click here to see the full San Francisco travel guide on Travel42 »

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