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San Francisco, California Travel Guide

Complete Vacation, Recreation and Tourism Information

San Francisco is one of the few North American cities to achieve a place in the pantheon of great urban centers around the globe. Sophisticated, cosmopolitan, often foggy and infamous for its high-priced real estate, "San Fran" ranks well up the list of cultural "it" spots on the West Coast. While collisions - of Mexican, Asian, and American cultures, of the cold north Pacific Ocean with the sunny California mainland, of 18th-century Spanish missions with modern skyscrapers and of course, the rattling slide of the San Andreas Fault's earthen sides - may have shaped this city, it's the multi-cultured populous and atmospheric setting that makes it such a desirable destination in its current form.

This water-framed city's most recognizable sights might range from architectural landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to steep streets, cable cars, and salty Fisherman's Wharf, but San Francisco is also home to world-class museums, a zoo, an aquarium and an expansive urban park. When the fog lifts, find here neighborhoods that range from high society Nob Hill to historic Chinatown, the Mission District to the Castro or up-and-coming Deco Ghetto.

San Francisco and the surrounding area have expanded tremendously over the past century, creating an urban metropolis known as the Bay Area. Centered around the 50-mile long San Francisco Bay, the area is connected by an extensive public transportation network and a series of impressive bridges. San Francisco itself is located on a peninsula; San Jose is at the south end of the bay and Oakland is on the mainland side to the east.

San Francisco is located on the west coast of central California, about 90 miles southwest of Sacramento.

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Vallejo Vallejo Vallejo
Bay AreaVallejo…Your Bay Area Fun Starts Here to explore San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma wine country and stay in our affordable hotels. Attractions include Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park, Mare Island Historic Park tours, Jelly Belly factory tours, Sonoma Raceway, world-class golf, unique shopping, a thriving downtown arts & entertainment district, and direct ferry service to and from San Francisco!
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Marin County Marin County Marin County
Marin County is just a little out there. As in, one famous bridge away from San Francisco. And right next door to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Closer than you could ever imagine to everything that’s unique in this clever corner of California. So come take a vacation from the typical vacation. The question is, where do you want to start?
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Tri-Valley Tri-Valley Tri-Valley
Three Valleys, two counties and five distinct cities make up the Tri-Valley Region, and there are a variety of attractions for every visitor. From historic downtowns to modern shopping centers, wine tasting to brew pubs, each of our communities has been shaped by its own history, culture and values. Discover Tri-Valley, California and the communities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon.
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Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Santa Rosa
Welcome to Santa Rosa, where everything comes together. Wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. And in the center, our charming downtown lined with intriguing shops and restaurants that delight casual diners and epicureans alike. So come, dip into California's Cornucopia, and fill up on our place of plenty.
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