City and County of San Francisco Flag of San Francisco Seal Nicknames: The City by the Bay Fog City
History of San Francisco The first Native Americans to settle this region found the bay to be a vast natural resource for hunting and gathering their provisions and for the establishment of many small villages. The first Europeans to see what would become San Francisco were members of a Spanish exploratory voyage San Francisco became part of the United States with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in San Francisco is now estimated to be the twelfth largest city in the United States, and has been characterized by rapid economic change and cultural diversity.
Geography San Francisco is located on the West Coast of the United States in the north part of the San Francisco Peninsula and includes significant stretches of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay within its boundaries. There are more than 50 hills within city limits. Some neighborhoods are named after the hill on which they are situated, including Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, and Russian Hill. Near the geographic center of the city, southwest of the downtown area, are a series of less densely populated hills. Twin Peaks, a pair of hills resting at one of the city's highest points, forms a popular overlook spot. San Francisco's tallest hill, Mount Davidson, is 282 m high and is capped with a 103-foot (31 m) tall cross built in Dominating this area is Sutro Tower, a large red and white radio and television transmission tower.
Climate San Francisco's climate is characteristic of the cool- summer Mediter ranean climate of Californias coast, "generally characterized by moist mild winters and dry summers."
Culture of San Francisco The culture of San Francisco is major and diverse in terms of arts, music, cuisine, festivals, museums, and architecture. San Francisco's diversity of cultures along with its eccentricities are so great that they have greatly influenced the country and the world at large over the years.
Museums Palace of Fine Arts Palace of the Legion of Honor Haas-Lilienthal House
Performing arts Classical and Opera venues in San Francisco include the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. They all perform at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. San Francisco's Ballet and Opera are some of the oldest continuing performing arts companies in the United States. San Francisco is the birthplace and home city of the renowned vocal ensemble Chanticleer. War Memorial Opera House
Popular music San Francisco has often hosted influential rock music trends. Two of the most influential bands from that era, the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane Head. Punk, electronica, industrial, goth, and rave activity 1980s and early 1990s, was also somewhat influential. Famous songs about San Francisco include Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", the Scott McKenzie song "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)", People Under the Stairs' "San Franciscan Nights", Chris Isaak's "San Francisco Days", Journey's "Lights", "Fake Tales of San Francisco" by the Arctic Monkeys, and "Save Me, San Francisco" by TrainTony BennettI Left My Heart in San FranciscoScott McKenzieSan Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)People Under the StairsSan Franciscan NightsChris IsaakJourneyLightsFake Tales of San FranciscoArctic MonkeysSave Me, San FranciscoTrain
Architecture and tourist attractions The C. A. Belden House, a Queen Anne Victorian in the Pacific Heights section on Gough Street Between Clay and Washington Streets. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco.
These Victorian rowhouses are in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California