Originally a Spanish (later Mexican) mission and pueblo, it was conquered by the United States in 1846 and by an invading army of prospectors following the 1848 discovery of gold in its hinterland. The Gold Rush made San Francisco a cosmopolitan metropolis with a frontier edge.
San Francisco is best described as home to a little bit of everything — from startups, tech companies, and picturesque views to starting social revolutions, good times, and vibrant music venues (and let’s not forget the electric food scene and restaurants!). This special place in California has lost everything in earthquakes, but never its diversity and spirit hidden away in the foggy weather. So dress warmly, grab a handful of glitter and join an endless adventure in the wonderland that is the city by the bay.
There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco. Which is why finding a place to stay that aligns with your plans is crucial. Whether you're a foodie, coming in for an event like Pride, or just want to see the sights, we break down the best areas to see and visit for everyone.