San Francisco offers a distinctive contrast to Los Angeles. While now a major center for all things tech – both Apple and Google have headquarters about 40 miles south of the city – San Francisco has maintained a progressive, countercultural feel, a reflection of its onetime status as the center of the hippie culture of the 1960s.
To travel around this compact metropolis – as opposed to sprawling L.A., San Francisco is a tidy 47 square miles – is to stumble across iconic destinations at every turn. Enter the city from the north and you will cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, with the scent of pine trees wafting along beside you head over to Haight-Ashbury, where the hippies held sway and where tie-dye shops, funky cafés, and Victorian homes painted in garishly bright colors still offer a taste of the offbeat, take a highly circuitous drive down the steep slope of Lombardi Street, perhaps the twistiest toad in all of America, grab a delicious lunch in the city's busting Chinatown, and for dinner, head over to the Mission District – the Mexican food at La Taqueria is particularly highly rated.
Now let's hop on a helicopter, and enjoy this impressive aerial images of this video, which is a wonderful, unforgettable journey you can experience, too. San Francisco offers you hundreds of tours and amazing things to do. It's just a matter of picking the activities that fit better into your style of traveler, and enjoy it to the fullest.
Golden Gate Bridge