The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County, California. It spans almost two miles across the Golden Gate, the narrow strait where San Francisco Bay opens to meet the Pacific Ocean.
San Francisco is less than 50 square miles and has a population that doesn’t even crack a million, but it ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. Famous for grand-dame Victorians, cable cars, a beautiful waterfront, and a soaring golden bridge, this city truly has it all. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks; you can walk or bike across the span to the Marin Headlands.
San Francisco’s high cost of living starts with a hot housing market. Simply put, San Francisco houses for sale are hard to come by. California is known for its remarkably expensive homes, but San Francisco takes the cake. On the plus side, the economy across the entire Bay Area is on fire right now. San Francisco has a fabulous public transportation system. You have access to cabs, bicycles, scooters, buses, trolleys, and light rail so that you can access almost any part of the city.
San Francisco's arts and culture scene is incredibly diverse. There are world-renowned museums, great collections of street art to discover, galleries with glorious collections of paintings and crafts. If you enjoy classical music and dances, there are three destinations to visit the city’s ballet, symphony, and opera. Animal lovers will not pass by the San Francisco Zoo.
You’ll be spoiled with outdoor space. From the wide-open fields of Golden Gate Park to the cliffs of Lands End, the city has plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air. There’s no need to get a gym membership, since there are much more scenic places to sweat. Whenever you feel rundown by city life, going outdoors will be the perfect cure for all.
There’s so much to do in the city, but a quick drive can land you in the mountains, at the beach, or in wine country. Hike the redwoods, drive out to Yosemite or south to the sunny peninsula. You can be on the slopes in Tahoe in under five hours by car, or go south to LA, San Diego, or Mexico. Napa is just over an hour north, and Half Moon Bay (the beach) is 30 minutes east.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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