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San FranciscoBy Rob Bruce

Noted for the steep winding roads, San Francisco overlooks the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The weather is ideal for year-round tourism. Summers never get overly hot or humid, though it can be foggy, and winters are usually mild with some rain, so no matter when you travel, you’re not going to encounter lots of ice and snow or hot, humid days.

About the City


San Francisco has a blend of cultures in the varying neighborhoods. The Mission District was settled by immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Scandinavia, and more recently by Central Americans and Mexicans. Chinatown and Japantown showcase Asian cultures. You’ll find Italian heritage in Little Italy. Some mistakenly think Russian Hill is where Russian culture is celebrated, but that honor goes to the Richmond District. Russian Hill received its name when people found a Russian cemetery during the Gold Rush.

America's CupNob Hill, once home to the rich and famous, still has upper-income families, but it’s also seeing an increase in Asian families looking to be near Chinatown. Nob Hill is one area where historic hotels are located. Haight-Ashbury was the heart of the “Summer of Love, ” and it still has that independent charm with privately owned boutiques and restaurants.


Visitors flying into the city will likely fly into San Francisco International Airport. The airport is just over 13 miles from the city, but a range of transportation options make it easy to reach the cheap hotels in San Francisco, as well as the major attractions.

Alcatraz IslandBART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) links all of San Francisco with the airport and the outlying cities of East Bay. Children 4 and under ride the trains for free, others can buy tickets at vending machines in the BART stations. The machines accept change providing it is a nickel or higher and up to $20 bills.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operates all public transportation options. Muni buses run 24/7, so it’s easy to use the bus system, even if you need a ride in the middle of the night. This also includes the famous cable cars, street cars, and trolleys. Riders receive free transfers, and there are discounted rates for children ages 5 to 17 and seniors 65 or older. Children 4 and under ride free. Purchase tickets at vending machines in the station.

San Francisco CityPASS is the best way for visitors to get around the city. With a CityPASS, you can ride any of buses, cable cars, streetcars, or trolleys for one low price for 7 days. It also includes your entrance fee to some of the hottest attractions in San Francisco, such as the SF Museum of Modern Art. If you don’t plan to visit any of the city’s museums, there’s a Muni Passport that only covers transportation for 1, 3, or 7 days.

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