About San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area is a region that surrounds the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California, United States. The region includes the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, as well as smaller urban and rural areas. The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its natural beauty, liberal politics, entrepreneurship, and diversity. The area generally has high income levels, performing above the state median household income in the 2010 census. There are countless amenities and activities in the area to enjoy, including San Francisco City, national parks, live baseball and basketball matches, as well as a host of restaurants, bars, convenience stores and retail outlets throughout the Bay Area.
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As of 2011, the San Francisco Bay Area had a GDP of $535 billion. Silicon Valley is situated within the southern reaches of the Bay Area. This is the leading high technology region in the world, and covers San Jose and several cities of South Bay. The Valley is home to many of the technology industry leaders, including Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, eBay, Cisco, Apple, Oracle and Intel. The region also encompasses California's famous Wine Country, home to hundreds of vineyards and wineries. The Bay Area is also a hotspot for media outlets, and there are 3 major newspapers based in the region; The San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune and the San Jose Mercury News.
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Things to do in San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay area is full of experiences to participate in, including visiting one of the sporting arenas to enjoy one of the many sports on offer, including NFL, MLB and NBA. The San Francisco Giants baseball team has a fantastic rivalry with the LA Dodgers, and many fans make the trip to support their team, which is not common within the USA. In Oakland, Jack London Square is a historic waterfront with dozens of stores and a weekly farmer’s market. Union Square, in San Francisco City is also well known for its shopping opportunities. There are countless museums and galleries in the area, including the Oakland Aviation Museum, Chabot Observatory and Science Center and the African American Museum and Library of Oakland. Quinn’s Lighthouse Restaurant is situated on the marina at Embarcadero Cove, and Scott’s Seafood Restaurant is also a hit with the locals. Yoshi’s Restaurant and Jazz Club offers an air of sophistication, and the Everett & Jones BBQ serves up delicious lashings of meat. Romolo is enjoyed for its extensive cocktail menu, while the Albatross Pub is a typical pub, frequented by both locals and professionals.
- Subway: Light Rail from Market Street & Gough Street, 9th Street & Market Street and various other stops throughout the city
- Railway: San Francisco Caltrain Station, Hayward Station, Oakland Station
- Nearest freeway:I280, I580, I680, I-880, I-205, I-5, I-80
- Nearest airports: San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport
- Other: All major bus routes served nearby