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San Francisco OVERVIEW
Tie-dye, rainbow flags and Democrat blue are all emblematic of San Francisco. Indeed, the beautiful Northern California City by the Bay takes pride in its live-and-let-live history and the fact that it's a spirited place where hippies, homosexuals and liberals happily roam free. There is, however, much more to this socially conscious metropolis of 8 million. After all, it's one of the top tourist destinations in the country, where people routinely fall in love with the hills and diverse neighborhoods, and with the regal Victorian architecture and stunning Bay views. Foodies are drawn to San Francisco's innovative restaurant scene with a focus on organic and seasonal ingredients. The breadth and depth of cuisine and superstar chefs has rightly earned it a gastronomic reputation on par with (and locals would say besting) New York and Paris. Cultural pursuits are world-class, as well. The San Francisco Ballet and Symphony, and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, de Young Museum ...See More and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are but a few of the treasures that inhabit the city's famous and easy to navigate 47 square miles. Shopping, too, is superb, led by Union Square's excess of department stores and local institutions like Gump’s and Modern Appealing Clothing (MAC), followed by prime trendy, hipster and vintage boutiques that cluster in Hayes Valley, the Mission, Pac Heights and the Marina. Icons such as the Golden Gate Bridge, twisty Lombard Street and Alcatraz are perfect reflections of San Francisco itself: Gorgeous and quirky with a fascinating history. See Less
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