Introduction to San Francisco

There's something about San Francisco. A Californian city that inspires and motivates all who pass through it. It's been responsible for numerous revolutions, movements and Human Be-Ins, from the Beat writers of the 1950s to the hippies of the 1960s, the homosexuals of the 1970s and the technology workers of the 1990s. Each group bringing forth new ideas and beliefs that have since ingrained themselves within the identity and personality of San Francisco. A city that is forever open-minded and happy to embrace you with open arms.

Like most big cities, San Francisco has its fair share of icons; Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the crooked craziness of Lombard Street, the historic cable cars. But for every typical tourist attraction, there's a place where you can truly experience that special San Fran something that has long lured locals to its shores where the weather is as famous as the sights.

You can feel it while sipping coffee in the Castro, browsing through vintage records at Amoeba Music in Haight- Ashbury, getting your Latino fix in the Mission District and chowing down on crab chowder in a sourdough bowl while watching the street performers and sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf.

It's a feeling of bohemia, acceptance and optimism all soaked in sunshine. It's a feeling that's addictive. But eventually you'll have to leave it where it belongs (along with your heart) - in San Francisco.

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