The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 14th most populous city in the United States. Among the most densely populated cities in the country, San Francisco is part of the San Francisco Bay Area metropolitan area, which is home to more than 7.2 million people. The city is located at the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Francisco Bay to the east, and the Golden Gate to the north.
San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination famous for its landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, Coit Tower, and Chinatown, its steep rolling hills, and its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. The city is also known for its diverse, cosmopolitan population, including large and long-established Asian American and Hispanic communities plus a very active lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/transsexual community.
San Mateo County (The Penninsula): 697,456
Land Area: 47 square miles.
Flight times: Chicago 4.5 hrs, London 10 hrs, N.Y. 5 hrs, Los Angles 1 hr, Miami 5.6 hrs, Tokyo 10.5 hrs
Center S. F. to S. F. Int'l Airport: 20 minutes (10 miles)
Average mean temperature: 63°F (18°C)
Days of sunshine: 309 days
Annual precipitation: 20.31 inches
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March: 63°F / 49°F
June: 66°F / 53°F
September: 72°F / 51°F
December: 57°F / 45°F
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San Francisco Visitor Information Center: lower level of Hallidie Plaza, between Powell/Market(lower level, (415) 391-2000
recorded daily events ( 415) 391-2001
Bay Area Weather: (831) 656-1725
National Park Service (Pacific West info): (415) 556-0561. S. F. has the largest urban national park in the U. S., Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Web Info: (www.sfvisitor.org)
Three International Airports serve the San Francisco Metropolitan Area:
San Francisco International (www.flysfo.com): Airport Information Hotline: (650) 875-8575 , General Info:(650) 876 2377.
Oakland International Airport (www.oaklandairport.com):1 Airport Drive Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 577-4000.
San Jose International Airport (www.sjc.org): 2077 Airport Blvd., San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 501-7600.
MUNI (www.ci.sf.caus/muni): Buses, cable cars, streetcars. (415) 673-MUNI
BART (www.bart.gov): Trains to East Bay.) (650) 992-2278.
AMTRAK (www.amtrak.com): (800) 872-7245
CAL TRAIN (www.caltrain.com): (800) 660-4287
Golden Gate Transit (Marin): www.goldengate.org (415) 923-2000
AC Transit (www.actransit.org): or 511 or (510) 817-1717
SAMTRANS)(www.samtrans.com): (800) 660-4287
Airport Shuttles: Door-to-door vans provide transportation to the airport.
Good Neighbor (415) 255-4899
Super Shuttle (415) 558-8500
Taxis: First 1/5th of a mile: $3.10, each additional 1/5th of a mile: $0.45, each minute of waiting or traffic delay: $0.45.
De Soto (415) 673-1414
Bayshore Cab (415) 648-4444
Luxor ( 415) 282-4141
Yellow (415) 626-2345
Metro (415) 920-0715
Carey Limousine Service (800) 872-3090
Alcatraz (www.alcatraztrips.com): originally a Spanish fortification guarding the entrance to S. F. Bay, it became a military prison in 1868 and then in 1933 a federal penitentiary. Designed to be escape-proof and administered in such a way as to break the most hardened criminals, it is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Guided tours at Pier 41. (415) 773-1188
Coit Tower: on Telegraph Hill (enter from Lombard St.), (415) 362-0808. Built as a memorial to S. F. volunteer firemen from funds left by Lillie Coit. Great views of the Bay Area plus interior murals painted by Depression Era artists.
Chinatown (www.sanfranciscochinatown.com): The Gold Rush attracted S. F.'s first Chinese immigrants in the 1850's. Later more came to help build the Central Pacific Railroad. See one of the worlds largest Chinese communities outside Asia with architecture and culture that mirror China of the 1800's.
Fisherman's Wharf (www.fishermanswharf.org): a tourist area, but still home to S. F.'s fishing fleet, numerous seafood restaurants, novelty shops and boat tours of the bay. Also visit Pier 39, the Cannery and Ghirardelli Square.
Fort Mason (www.fortmason.org): previously a fort, is now a civic park with museums, galleries, theaters and work shops. Also home to ecological, environmental and artistic organizations. A short walk to Fisherman's Wharf.
Golden Gate Bridge: Best to walk across the bridge between 10 am and 3 pm. Pedestrians free.
Golden Gate Park stretches 3 miles from Haight-Ashbury to the Pacific Ocean, contains museums (Art, Science and Natural History), a Japanese Tea Garden, outdoor theaters, the Conservatory of Flowers and more. Enjoy 1000 acres of wooded groves, lakes, lawns, hiking trails, tennis courts, etc.
Japan Center (www.sfjapantown.org): Bordered by Geary Boulevard and Fillmore Post, and Laguna Street., (415) 922-9300. Shops and art galleries reflect traditional Japanese culture.
Mission Dolores (www.missiondolores.org): founded by Spanish priests in 1776, was the city's first settlement. It still is a functioning church. Interesting Spanish Colonial architecture.
Union Square: Shopping shopping & shopping plus restaurants, theaters and more shopping.
San Francisco Symphony (www.sfsymphony.org): 201 Van Ness, (415) 864-6000. Box office open Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm.
Ghirardelli Square (www.ghirardellisq.com): 900 North Point, (415) 775-5500. Shopping, theaters, restaurants and more. Next to Fisherman's Wharf.
San Francisco Zoo (www.sfzoo.org): Sloat at 45th Ave. (415) 753-7080
Yerba Buena Gardens (www.yerbabuenagardens.com): Visual & Performing Arts Complex. Next to Moscone Center between 3rd & 4th Streets and Mission & Howard. (415) 978-ARTS.
San Francisco Ballet: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. Box office. Open Monday-Saturday 12 pm-6 pm. (415) 865-2000
Japanese Tea Garden: Golden Gate Park, 8th Ave. Daily 9-6. (415) 752-1171
Metreon Entertainment Center (www.westfield.com/metreon): 101 4th St, (415) 369-6000. AMC Theaters, bookstores, electronic stores, restaurants.
San Francisco Opera House: 301 Van Ness. (415) 864-3330. Box office open Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm.
San Francisco City Hall: 400 Van Ness. Public welcome. (415) 554-4000
Moscone Center: Howard between 3rd & 4th Streets. (415) 974-4000
Museum of Modern Art (www.sfmoma.org): 151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets, (415) 357-4000. Open Monday-Tuesday 10 am-5:45 pm, Thursday 10 am-9:45 pm, Friday 10 am-5:45 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am-7:45 pm. Admissions: Adults-$12.50, Seniors-$8, Students-$7
Asian Art Museums (www.asianart.org): 200 Larkin St, at San Francisco Civic Center, (415) 581-3500. Open Tuesday-Wednesday 10 am-5 pm, Thursday 10 am-9 pm, Friday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm. Admission: Adults-$12, Seniors-$8, Students and Youth-$7.
Cable Car Barn and Museum (www.cablecarmuseum.org): 875 Howard Street, (415) 474-1887. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.
California Academy of Sciences (www.calacademy.org): In Golden Gate Park, 8th Ave. at JFK Dr. Temporary location: 878 Howard St. Daily (415) 321-8000. Open daily10 am-5 pm.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor (www.famsf.org/legion/index.as): Lincoln Park, 34th Ave., (415) 750-3600. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30 am-5 pm.
De Young Museum: 21st Century architectural masterpiece of an art museum in Golden Gate Park, 8th Ave. at JFK Dr. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-5, time will vary, (415) 863-3330.
Exploratorium: Pier 15, (415) 561-0360. A playful hands-on museum for adults & children. Open Wednesday 10 am-9:30 pm, Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm.
Children's Creativity Museum (http://creativity.org/): 221 Fourth Street (@ Howard Street), (415)820-3320. This museum is a non-profit multimedia arts and technology museum with a mission to foster creativity and innovation in young people of all backgrounds, communities and learning styles.
National Maritime Museum Aquatic Park: foot of Polk St., (415) 556-8177. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.
Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org): 685 Mission Street (at Third), (415) 358-7200. Open Sunday 12 pm-5pm, Wednesday 11 am-6 pm. Admission: Adults-$10, Students and Seniors-$5, Children 12 & under-free.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum (www.ripleyssf.com): 175 Jefferson Street, (415) 771-6188. Open Sunday-Thursday 10 am-10 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-midnight. Admission: General-$14.99, Children-$8.99.
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