Jun 11, 2012 — San Francisco has so much to see and do packed within its boundaries that it’s hard to believe the city is barely seven square miles.
Marvelous attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge or the expansive meadows of Golden Gate Park are counterbalanced with bustling Fisherman Wharf, fascinating Chinatown, and the toy-like cable cars that amble along the city’s beautiful hills. San Franciscans are socially and environmentally conscious, evident in the wealth of local produce at institutions like the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market and the fabulous festivals and boisterous protests that spring up everywhere you look.
The culturally diverse citizens support a phenomenal international restaurant scene, with some of the best budget meals to be found in the Tenderloin. Above all, there’s a sense of appreciation and tolerance of whatever alternative lifestyle you might enjoy: you don’t have to be gay to have an amazing night of dancing or singing karaoke in The Castro, or a hippy to enjoy the eccentric madness of The Haight, or even rich to party down in the posh Marina.
Getting to each neighborhood by bike or even on foot is a breeze, and while it’s a very expensive town, to be sure, the grandest sights – from the towering Golden Gate to The Presidio’s urban forests and the postcard-perfect hills – are free.