There's a lot to discover in Nor Cal, from the beautiful outdoors, to windy coastlines, and delicious wines. You just have to cross a bridge to get there.
Go beyond San Francisco to experience world-class wine in Napa and Sonoma, towering redwoods and dramatic shorelines in Marin County, vibrant culture and excellent dining in Oakland, the hub of innovation along the peninsula, quaint shops and beautiful views in Sausalito and Tiburon, the scenic beauty of Yosemite and more than 100 miles of stunning coastline driving down to Monterey. The best part is that most of these places beyond the bridge are just an hour's drive away.
California Highway 1 links a string of beach communities, each with its own surf shops, bait-and-tackle stands, restaurants-with-a-view, places to buy a wetsuit and spots to fill the cooler with ice.Learn More
Due east across San Francisco Bay, you'll find another bustling city, gorgeous parks, inspiring culture, and delicious food and wine. It's all in the East Bay and it's all easily accessible with BART.Learn More
Lake Tahoe / Sacramento
Alpine coolness, fresh-air forests and sparkling blue water distinguish Lake Tahoe, less than two hours from Sacramento (and only four from San Francisco).Learn More
Monterey County is an idyllic, postcard-perfect destination that welcomes beach lovers, golfers, outdoor enthusiasts and foodies.Learn More
North Coast / Shasta
Beyond the wine country of Napa and Sonoma lies one of the state’s best-kept secrets: the North Coast and Shasta Cascade regions.Learn More
Sausalito / Marin County
Cosmopolitan connoisseurs of sleek eateries and bars, humble houseboat colonies, deeply rooted farmers, and ranchers all provide Marin County with its character.Learn More
South of San Francisco, a band of communities and a variety of hotel options curve along the shoreline of the bay to San Francisco International Airport (SFO).Learn More
At first glance, it looks like a sleepy valley—but make no mistake: this is Silicon Valley, the capital of the high-tech world.Learn More
Just north of San Francisco, city lights give way to majestic vistas and warm, sunny days in the world-renown wine region,Learn More
Within three hours of San Francisco is some of the world’s most spectacular scenery in Yosemite National Park.Learn More
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San Francisco Neighborhoods
Explore the map to get a closer look at San Francisco's 19 major neighborhoods.
When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping in Union Square. Indeed, in a town with abundant citywide shopping, Union Square is the most renowned source of retail therapy.
If there's one part of town that visitors — both first-timers and many-timers — equate with San Francisco, it's Fisherman's Wharf.
SoMa / Yerba Buena
In the 1970s, industry moved out and artists moved in. Now, SoMa has so much to experience, including the country's most beautiful ballpark.
Old Italy, the New Deal, memories of Kerouac and the Beats and echoes of the waterfront Bohemianism meet of-the-moment eateries in North Beach.
Those little cable cars that climb halfway to the stars in Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco’’ are climbing Nob Hill, the historic and iconic neighborhood of San Francisco.
Embarcadero / Financial District
From captains of the high seas to captains of industry, the Embarcadero has often been where people first began their San Francisco journey.
Civic Center / Hayes Valley
This central city district encompasses everything from stately concert halls and museums to animated restaurants and wide-open public plazas just west of Downtown.
Marina / Pacific Heights
The Marina's boutiques and restaurants attract a hip, younger crowd, while the views and stately homes of Pacific Heights take your breath away.
San Francisco’s Japantown is the oldest in the U.S. From its famous Peace Pagoda to a variety of great eats, learn about this vibrant historic neighborhood.
A neighborhood full of music history, fine dining, and upscale shopping, The Fillmore packs more into a few city blocks than you can believe.
A combination of enterprise zone, high tech, arts groups, retail and restaurants, Central Market is witnessing a boom.
With its pagoda-style architecture, ornate lamp posts, exotic menus and other distinctive elements, a stop here can feel more like a trip abroad than a neighborhood stroll.
Bayview is the sunniest neighborhood in San Francisco, home to 35,000 residents, nesting ospreys and some of the most urban, diverse sights and bites in the city.
The Mission District is one of San Francisco’s most of-the-moment neighborhoods, packed with trend-setting boutiques, restaurants, and more.
Castro / Noe Valley
Regardless of your sexual orientation, no trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the world-famous Castro District, one of the country's first gay Neighborhoods.
Start your Summer of Love experience on the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets, where 1960s flower power blossomed.
Golden Gate Park / Sunset
Within Golden Gate Park, you'll find lakes, gardens, museums, golf courses and a herd of bison. The Sunset offers a zoo, views of the Pacific Ocean and tasty eats.
Richmond / Presidio
The southern anchor of the Golden Gate Bridge, the verdant, scenic Presidio, artfully reclaimed Crissy Field, and the Civil War-era Fort Point are just a few of the attractions in the northwest corner of town.
This gem of an island offers a bustling urban winery scene, popular flea markets and photo ops of San Francisco's downtown skyline.