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San Francisco, California

San Francisco, California

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West Coast Repositioning Itinerary

The City by the Bay. Grand bridges shrouded in fog, cable cars scaling storied hills, exotic neighborhoods nurturing poets, painters, writers, and musicians; great food, fine wines, constant innovation and strong traditions... San Francisco is a city and legend unto itself.

Famous cable cars of San Francisco

AMBIENCE

This is the second most densely populated major U.S. city, heart of one of the nation’s largest and most prosperous metro areas, with a cultural footprint far greater than its size. But where to begin? Perhaps the cool breezes, dramatic views, and bright sunshine that greet your arrival? The nearby Golden Gate, Alcatraz, Telegraph Hill, and the towers of downtown? Legendary Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Presidio? The universities in Berkeley and Stanford? Napa Valley to the north? Silicon Valley to the south? All have made their mark on this very remarkable place.

HISTORY

Archaeological evidence of San Francisco’s popularity dates back over 5,000 years, though recorded history began with explorer Don Gaspar de Portolà in 1769. Within seven years, a mission dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi and the military base known as The Presido had been raised. Despite her natural attributes, this was a sleepy outpost until the 1849 California Gold Rush filled the harbor with ships. The transcontinental railroad arrived 20 years later, so when the Great San Francisco Earthquake hit in 1906, 400,000 called the city home. That setback was so brief, the economy so strong, that both of the city’s great bridges were built at the height of the Great Depression. World War II’s Pacific headquarters found new life post-war as a center for progressive culture, technology, and tourism.

FACTS

Size: City: 231.89 sq. mi. (600.6 sq. km.) Metro: 3,524.4 sq. mi. (9,128 sq. km.)
Climate: Mediterranean Temperatures: 46°F (8°C) to 71°F (22°C)
Population: 805,235/4,335,391 Busy Season: Year-round
Language: English Money: U.S. Dollar ($)
Time Zone: Pacific Transportation: Walking, bus, subway
Phones: Area Code 415, dial 911 for emergencies
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