San Francisco Facts To Whet Your Appetite For The Bay City

If you're like us, you like to find out about a place before you visit it, so we thought a few San Francisco facts might whet your appetite for the city, making you familiar with its history, customs, and interesting tidbits. It's a way to start to feel like you know the city, even before you arrive.

The Bay Area is inherently an interesting place, so there are lots of fascinating San Francisco facts about its history, its people, and what the city has to offer.

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10 Essential San Francisco Facts

10 Essential San Francisco Facts

You already know a bit about San Francisco. But did you know, for instance, that it's one of the smartest cities in the country? Or about the thriving festival scene?

Before you head off for The City by the Bay it's good to know a few essential facts about the city and its people. Therefore, we've put together a list just for you, the 10 essential San Francisco facts first-time visitors need to know.

What Makes San Francisco Vacations So Special?

San Francisco Vacations

You already know that there are tons of things to see and do (and eat!). But we think there's more to this city than just attractions and activities. In fact, just of the top of our heads we can name five fabulous reasons to come to San Francisco — the neighborhoods, the people, the views, the fascinating history, and the culture. We'll tell you more about it…

The San Francisco Skyline

The San Francisco Skyline

It's one of the most iconic of city skylines in the country. But it's not just skyscrapers and the Golden Gate Bridge. There are towers, hills, parks, and historic buildings to gaze at and to view from. We'll tell you where to look.

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San Francisco History in a Hurry!

San Francisco History in a Hurry!

Don't have time to read a long book about San Francisco history before, you leave? That's okay, we have you covered with a 5-minute capsule history of the city, covering forty-one key dates. It all starts with Sir Francis Drake back in 1579, goes through the Spanish explorers, touches on the Gold Rush and earthquakes, and includes the constructions of the bridges. Ready?

Moscone Convention Center

Moscone Convention Center

A lot of visitors come to San Francisco to attend a convention. In fact, San Francisco is the leading convention destination in the US. To accommodate that traffic, the Moscone Convention Center has undergone a number of expansions since it first opened in 1981. We'll tell you about the center itself, as well as the best things to do, places to stay, and places to eat in the area.

You might be here for a convention, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the city while you're here!

Jewish San Francisco

Jewish San Francisco

From the Gold Rush era to the present day Jews have been an important part of San Francisco city life. In fact, by the late 19th century San Francisco had the nation's second largest Jewish community.

The city now boasts a wonderful museum of contemporary Jewish art and life and also hosts the largest Jewish film festival in the world, attracting 35,000 filmgoers. Learn about the festival, the museum, and many other aspects of Jewish life in San Francisco.

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Gay San Francisco

Gay San Francisco

From the Gold Rush days onwards, San Francisco has had a freewheeling reputation. That kind of open acceptance and anything-goes attitude was a magnet for the counterculture, including Beats, hippies, flower children, the Summer of Love, gays and lesbians.

From these roots a progressive undercurrent helped to legitimize gay and lesbian life as a powerful and positive force in the city. Find out how Gay by the Bay all began and how it added a positive element to city life.

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