Welcome to San Francisco, CA!

San Francisco the city by the bay, the only thing bigger than its hills is its personality. San Francisco lives loudly and invites you to do the same. Be it the bustling shopping areas or the picturesque architecture, San Francisco provides it all. Eat, explore, learn about some of the amazing history in this city, and head home with memories you’ll never forget!

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Here's Whym's top ten things to know about San Francisco, CA


There’s a reason Tony Bennet Sang about leaving his heart in San Francisco. The Bay City is full of personality and will be sure to steal your heart too. From scenic views, to culture, to new foods, to incredible music, there is so much to explore! There is no perfect number of vacation days here in San Francisco, because around every corner is a new piece of history and a new story waiting to be unveiled.

Finding Your Way

There are several ways to get around San Francisco. Cable cars go near some of the most popular tourist destinations. SF Muni, the city bus system, goes everywhere but can be crowded at rush hour. The historic “F” Line Trolley runs along Market Street. A Taxi service like Lyft or walking are great ways to get around, too.

Airport Deets

When traveling to and from the airport you can take the BART rapid rail, Caltrain commuter rail, or SamTrans bus route. A taxi service like Lyft is around $40 from San Francisco International Airport and the Oakland International Airport to downtown.


Before Europeans arrived there were two groups of Native Americans living in the bay area. In 1769 the Spanish led an expedition claiming the area, and shortly after that built a mission. In the 19th century, whaling ships and traders made their way to the San Francisco area and the population continued to grow. On April 1906 an earthquake struck measuring 8.25 on the Richter scale. 28,000 buildings were destroyed and 250,000 people were made homeless. After the earthquake the town was rebuilt. Today San Francisco continues to grow as a multicultural city with a population of 870,000.

Why Am I Here?

San Francisco is known for its cool summers, breath taking views, foodie paradise, and green way of living. Whether it’s its fascinating history, its vibrant nightlife, its unparalleled food scene, or its unique architecture, San Francisco defines itself as one of a kind. Don’t let the fog fool you, this city shines bright.


In the winter the high averages 61º with a low of 46º. In spring the high is 63º with a low of 49º. In summer the high is 68º with a low of 51º. And in the fall the high is 71º with a low of 51º. San Francisco is famous for if you don’t like the weather, wait an hour. It varies drastically throughout the day, bringing a bit of everything every day.

Local Delicacies

San Francisco is known for its seafood. Cioppino is a seafood stew made with everything but the kitchen sink. Try fresh fish such as oysters or ceviche, you wont be disappointed. If you’re ready for a change from seafood, try San Francisco’s Mission-style burrito. They are named some of the best in the world. Finish it off with a hot fudge sundae from Ghiradelli!


You can’t leave San Francisco without getting a souvenir with the Golden Gate Bridge on it. Be sure to root for the home team and check out all the awesome Giants gear. And since the fortune cookie originated here, a personalized one is definitely a fun gift!


Layer up! In the bay area it can be warm during the day, but as soon as the sun sets, the temperature can drop. It also gets windy by the water. Locals rarely wear shorts because of this weather change. Cute and comfortable walking shoes are favored over flip flops, and everyone carries a reusable bag. Plastic bags are illegal and you have to pay for paper.

Must Know

San Francisco is know for its hills. You will be sure to get a workout if you decide to walk some of them. P.S. the fog’s name is Karl.

If you’re alive, you can’t be bored in San Francisco. If you’re not alive, San Francisco will bring you to life

- William Saroyan