Not everyone wants to hike through the wilderness of Yosemite or see the sights in San Francisco. The nerds among us—and we mean that in the nicest way—just might be thrilled to spend hours or days visiting the mother lode of innovation: Silicon Valley. Actually named Santa Clara Valley, the famous brainiac mecca got its […]
San Francisco, a city renowned for its world-famous landmarks, cultural diversity and vibrant neighborhoods, has been the subject of various narratives lately. Along with glowing reviews, concerns about homelessness, crime rates and business closures in popular neighborhoods have raised eyebrows among visitors and locals alike. While these circumstances cannot be ignored, the colorful city should […]
San Francisco and its famous bay, originally inhabited by native Americans, became a possession of Mexico in the 18th century. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War and the execution of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, California became part of America, and two years later, a state.
Are you ready to get your culture on in San Francisco? How about a visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, one of the country’s largest displays of contemporary and modern art? Or maybe the Museum of Craft and Design or the Museum of Performance & Design would be more appealing to you. […]
San Francisco’s Presidio, steeped in American history, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1962. The military complex, housing more than 700 buildings, 433 of which are designated historic, closed in 1989 and, in 1994, the National Park Service took over its operation.
Covering about 30 city blocks, San Francisco’s Chinatown is North America’s oldest Chinese community. Dating back to the mid-1800s, the area bustles with pagoda rooves, hanging lanterns, specialty shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Old St. Mary’s Church, the continent’s first Asian church, was built in Chinatown in 1853. In 1859, the Chinese School welcomed Asian […]
Like many of the most interesting places to visit in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf became populated during the gold rush of the mid-1800s. Immigrants flocked to the city, and many, particularly Italian and Chinese immigrants, used their skills as fishermen to make a living. Back in the day, the Italian sailors were known for their […]
In the 1920s, the well-to-do residents of the 1000 block of Lombard Street in San Francisco decided the street was too steep, causing problems for horse-drawn wagons, early Model T’s and even those walking. Their solution was to convert 600 feet of the street turned into eight hairpin turns. A decade later, it had become […]
In how many locations in the world can you take a luxury private tour of one of the most fascinating and iconic cities one day, and without boarding a plane, find yourself immersed the next day in a famous and beloved national park that people travel thousands of miles to visit? Welcome to our classy […]
One of the most famous bridges in the world, and the most photographed, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has been the backdrop for many a tourist photo. It also has appeared in numerous movies over the years, including “The Maltese Falcon,” “Vertigo,” “The Love Bug,” “Superman: The Movie” and several Star Trek films. […]