San Francisco is a city and county in the state of California, in the United States. It is the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. This densely populated city is one of the top tourist destinations in the country and in the world. The city is set on San Francisco Bay on the Pacific Ocean. It is known for its rolling hills, eclectic architecture, vibrant and mixed ethnic communities, and landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and former Alcatraz Prison Island. San Francisco is also home to Chinatown, the largest Chinese community outside of China, and the historic and popular cable car system.
San Francisco’s economy is based on tourism, banking, finance, government, and biotechnology. Major companies with office space or other facilities in San Francisco include the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Wells Fargo corporate headquarters, the Bank of America, Craigslist, Twitter, Zynga, Salesforce.com, Airbnb, and the Wikimedia Foundation.
Entertainment And Dining Out
In San Francisco there are so many things to see and do. This major tourist attraction features the Golden Gate Bridge, and the most visited tourist attraction is Chinatown. As the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest concentration of Chinese residents outside of Asia, the area overflows with herbal shops, restaurants, temples, pagoda roofs, and dragon parades. The annual Chinese New Year Parade is the largest event of its kind outside China. Dining options in San Francisco include Greens Restaurant, Café Claude, Kokkari Estiatorio, John’s Grill, and First Crush. Restaurant Gary Danko offers a unique dining experience in the area that offers tasting menus and is famed in the area for its lobster dishes.
There are several large international airports serving San Francisco, including the San Francisco International Airport located 13 miles from the city center, and Oakland International Airport which is just 20 miles from the center of San Francisco. Over one-third of the city’s residents use public transportation daily. San Francisco has a well developed transportation network that allows it to be ranked first on the West Coast, and third in the nation. You can get around San Francisco via bus, ferry, metro-rail, cable cars, and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) which also serves outlying cities.