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San Francsico, California An Overview

The State of California

San Francisco California  An Overview

Extending along much of America 's Pacific Coastline, California is one of the country's most beautiful visitor destinations. More than anything, California is recognized for its diverse landscape and great attractions. In Northern California, visit the coastal town of Eureka and the vineyards of Napa Valley . The capital city of Sacramento is close to some incredible destinations. Turning southward you will find the Central Valley and High Sierras (featuring South Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park ). San Francisco, California and Greater Los Angeles claim some of California 's most popular travel attractions including Alcatraz Island and Disneyland respectively. The Central Coast features many beach resorts including Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Monterey. The south offers San Diego and the California Deserts, featuring Palm Springs and Death Valley.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California covers the tip of a 30mi (50km) peninsula in Northern California, with the Pacific Ocean on its western side and the San Francisco Bay to the north and east. San Francisco is just one of many cities in the Bay Area; others include Oakland (east across the Bay Bridge ), Berkeley (just north of Oakland ) and San Jose (an hour's drive southeast of San Francisco, near the southern tip of the bay). Marin County and the Wine Country lie to the north, across the Golden Gate Bridge . San Francisco, California is arguably the most beautiful, certainly the most liberal city in the US, it remains true to itself: a funky, individualistic, surprisingly small city whose people pride themselves on being the cultured counterparts to their cousins in LA -- the last bastion of civilization on the lunatic fringe of America. It's a compact and approachable place, where downtown streets rise on impossible gradients to reveal stunning views of the city, the bay and beyond, and blanket fogs roll in unexpectedly to envelop the city in mist. This is not the California of mono-tonous blue skies and slothful warmth -- the temperatures rarely exceed the seventies, and even during summer can drop much lower.

Even people who hate the USA love San Francisco , California . It has an atmosphere of genteel chic mixed with offbeat innovation, and a self-effacing flutter-of-the-eyelids quality so blatantly missing from brassy New York and plastic LA. This is a place that breeds alternatives: it's the home of the Beat Generation, flower power, Critical Mass direct action bike rides and gay pride. One of the USA 's most attractive cities, San Francisco 's hilly streets provide some gorgeous glimpses of the San Francisco Bay and its famous bridges. This is a mosaic of a city, a big picture made from the colorful tiles of bustling Chinatown , the gentrifying Mission , gay Castro , clubby SoMa , hippie Haight-Ashbury and faux-hemian North Beach.

Population: 775,000 (7 million in the San Francisco Bay Area, including 400,000 in Oakland, 100,000 in Berkeley and 895,000 in San Jose)
Area: 49 sq mi (127 sq km)
Elevation: 155ft (45m)
State: California
Time Zone: Pacific Time (GMT/UTC -8)
Telephone area codes: San Francisco and Marin County 415; Oakland and Berkeley 510; the Peninsula 650; Wine Country 707; San Jose and Santa Cruz 408

San Francisco hotels

The Argent Hotel San Francisco Argonaut Hotel Chancellor Hotel on Union Square Comfort Suites San Francisco Airport Commodore Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel Hotel Cosmo, A Kimpton Boutique Hotel Courtyard by Marriott Fishermans Wharf Dakota Hotel Hotel Diva Embassy Hotel