With a skyline highlighted by the distinctive pointed spire of the Transamerica Pyramid, the art deco façade of the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, and the breathtaking scarlet-colored towers and cables of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco stands as one of the most iconic cities in the world.
Today an economic and cultural hub in Northern California, the city boasts a rich history that dates as far back as 5,000 years ago. The Spanish colonization of the area began in the 18th century, when an exploration party led by Don Gaspar de Portolà arrived in 1769. Seven years later, in September 1776, they established a military base called El Presidio Real de San Francisco—The Royal Fortress of Saint Francis. Over the centuries, this small fortified encampment has grown into a thriving metropolis that is as immensely cosmopolitan as it is diverse in terms of the surprises it holds.
Visitors of San Francisco today can discover great food at Chinatown, ride cable cars to Fisherman’s Wharf, explore the wonders of nature at the California Academy of Sciences, stroll along Ocean Beach, or visit the historic Alcatraz Island.
The city is also a center of the arts, something that remains evident throughout its many diverse neighborhoods. From its beautiful street murals and world-class museums to its Victorian townhouses and its fine collection of performing arts venues, the city buzzes with an electric arts and culture scene. Make sure to check out the de Young Fine Arts Museum, the War Memorial Opera House, the Davies Symphony Hall, and the Swedish American Hall.
San Francisco is likewise a hotbed for some of the most exciting gastronomic activities in the country. Credited for blazing a trail for the organic food revolution, the city continues to surprise with its buzzing food and beverages scene. It has the highest restaurant density in the entire United States, and with so many dining spots competing for customers’ attention, you can expect nothing less than the most frenetic display of culinary invention and innovation.
After sampling many of the sights, sounds, and tastes that the city has to offer, consider ending your day with a stroll along one of its many picturesque hills. You can also choose to while the afternoon away at the waterfront area, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the world-famous San Francisco Bay.
Treat yourself to an extraordinary Bay Area holiday in the beautiful city of San Francisco, California. Book any one of Villaway’s villa rentals or luxury vacation homes and secure a fabulous accommodation for your luxury vacation.
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