San Francisco Tourism - A Quick Overview
The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth-largest city in California and the fourteenth-largest in the United States, with a 2005 population of 739,426. It is located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and has traditionally been the focal point of the San Francisco Bay Area.
When packing your bags, don't expect Sunny California when coming to San Francisco. Even during Summer, the city can be downright cold due it geographic features that bring in chilly winds from the ocean. San Francisco is often twenty degrees colder than towns just a few miles away.
The must see attractions for tourists are the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Koit Tower, and Golden Gate Park. While at Fisherman's Wharf, you might want to check out Pier 39 as well. However, that is largely a tourist trap with cheap t-shirts and the like.
Notable San Francisco museums include the Exploratorium, the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Other museums include the International Museum of Women, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of Craft & Folk Art, the Cartoon Art Museum, and the Mexican Museum.
Performing arts venues in San Francisco include the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. San Francisco's Ballet and Opera are some of the oldest continuing performing arts companies in the United States. The city is also home to the American Conservatory Theater, also known as A.C.T., which has been a leading force in Bay Area performing arts since its founding in 1965.
In addition to professional, mainstream performing arts, San Francisco is home to the 200-member San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (the world's first), as well as the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world's first gay marching band. Two additional choruses, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and Golden Gate Men's Chorus, also perform throughout the year.
If sports are your thing, you might check out a San Francisco Giants or 49ers game, depending on the season. Furthermore, the Oakland Athletics, Raiders, and Golden State Warriors play only about thirty minutes away in Oakland.
San Francisco - Official City Site
www.goldengatebridge.org - Official Website of the Golden Gate Bridge
EscapeSFTours.com - San Francisco's premiere outdoor & adventure tour company specializing in custom, private, and group Cycling/Mtr Biking, Hiking/Walking, Wine Country & tours throughout Northern California.