Set at the tip of a 120-sq-kilometre Peninsula,
San Francisco is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, the north
by the Golden Gate Strait and northeast by the Bay.
This Spanish fishing village renamed San Francisco, after the old
Franciscan mission nearby steadily mushroomed with a population
soaring more than 300,000.
San Francisco, the financial capital of the West Coast is one of
the prime shipping gateways to the Pacific, with most cargo ships
heading for Oakland. Chinatown and Japan town constitutes the biggest
Asian enclave outside Asia, and in place of horse-drawn streetcars
that traversed Russian and Nob Hills, the cable cars were introduced
at the approach of the 20th century changing the way people got
around. Today, the city takes pride in its diverse population. It
retains its relationship between materialism and money and progressive
cutting-edge technology equally well, thereby experiencing rapid
growth in the economy.
Tourism is the key industry and adds billions of dollars to its
income each year.
With a mild year-round climate, it can be the perfect escape from
the hurly-burly of life.
You can visit the Bay, which fits neatly between the Golden Gate
Bridge to the west and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to the
east or even take a trip to the 14 small islands, including Alcatraz,
Angel, Yerba Buena, and Treasure.
These can be the perfect escape from the city.