Your Guide to San Francisco | National Geographic

Your Guide to San Francisco | National Geographic


– [Narrator] San Francisco is a rush. A rush of art, flavors,
history, and innovation. (funky rhythmic music) It’s all packed into a
seven-by-seven-mile square, between the Pacific Ocean
and the San Francisco Bay. The city has long attracted trailblazers and countercultures. The Gold Rush, immigration, beatniks, hippies, the LGBTQ community,
and the tech industry have all fueled San
Francisco’s enduring influence on American culture. If you’ve seen a movie
set in San Francisco, you’ve probably seen Chinatown. The Dragon Gate arch at
Grant Avenue and Bush Street tells visitors they’re entering
America’s oldest Chinatown. In the mid-1800s, the
lure of the Gold Rush and the availability of work
building the Pacific Railroad, drew large numbers of Chinese
immigrants to San Francisco. Today you can take in the
scene on packed Grant Avenue, and head to Stockton Street for the authentic Chinatown experience. You can shop for traditional
Chinese ingredients, sip a cup of fragrant jasmine
tea, and eat at some of the best Chinese restaurants in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge might be the most iconic San Francisco landmark, but the massive Golden Gate Park is one of the most visited
green spaces in the U.S. 20% larger than New York’s Central Park, it covers a thousand square acres in a near perfect rectangle, stretching from the oceanfront west, to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. It includes numerous gardens, the historic Conservatory of Flowers, and two world-class museums, the California Academy of Sciences, and the de Young Museum of Fine Art. It also has some pretty unusual
residents for the big city, a herd of bison. Buffalo have lived in
the park since the 1890s. And the tradition continues
today with a small group of six bison that spend their days in a bucolic green pasture
next to Spreckels Lake. Keep going west and you’ll
find yourself at Ocean Beach. The top of the five-mile
stretch of shoreline borders Lands End, a national
park with otherworldly views on the Northwest coast of the city. You can also explore the modern
ruins of the Sutro Baths. When they opened in 1896, it was the largest indoor
swimming facility in the world. But the massive complex of
saltwater pools, restaurants, games, and even a museum,
burned to the ground in 1966. After you’ve climbed the crumbling walls, stairs, and tunnels, you can unwind at the historic
Cliff House restaurant. Originally constructed in 1863, the resort has been rebuilt
three times over the years. Today you can take in the panoramic views in one of the two restaurants that now occupy the
neoclassical structure. The lure of the city by the bay goes so much deeper
than its natural beauty. San Francisco’s diversity,
artistic spirit, and innovative drive all make
it a rich source of adventure for any free spirited traveler. (upbeat funky music)

97 thoughts on “Your Guide to San Francisco | National Geographic

  1. Umm, no. Nice try, but you're glossing over the real sewer that city has become. I'm glad to have good memories of when I lived there…very glad I got out!

  2. My sister just moved here a year ago. It’s expensive to rent and she says there’s a lot of homelessness.

  3. Those Chinese restaurants cooking American version Chinese food. How can be the best restaurants of the world? We took Chinese guest for dinning and they where keep asking “what is this “?

  4. Love the buffalo with its tail up. They only do that for one reason. Looks like you cut the clip before the volley.

  5. I'm from around there and I despise the city, too many people, no parking, plenty of rude wanna bees. I say just enjoy the food and that's pretty much it

  6. BRRRUUUHHHH, i literally got back from San Fran yesterday, missed a load of it apparently!! you guys best send me back to do everything in this video??

  7. San Francisco has gone through many changes over the past 50 some years. To learn more about this city, you can read on here: https://on.natgeo.com/2F4jjEe

  8. Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian, San Francesco d'Assisi) founded the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church. Born in 1181 (or 1182), he is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers. However, what many people recall most favorably about him is his love for animals and nature. Many of the stories that surround the life of Saint Francis say that he had a great love for animals and the environment. He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. Pope Gregory IX canonized Francis on July 16, 1228.

  9. No bathrooms drug addicts every where ! Very un friendly to tourists not a place for kids save your self a lot of trouble by a post card with the Golden Gate Bridge . Your car will probably be broken into the cops won’t do a thing !

  10. My guide to San Francisco is stay away please. We don't want you here. Especially more tech bros and illegal people.

  11. What about all the homeless hobos and the poo all over the streets ? It's part of the quintessential San Francisco experience.

  12. Though it does have its downfalls like high living prices, lots of traffic, and a large homeless population, the city is full of so many unique people, fun things to do, and beautiful sights that make up for it. I'm always as happy to explore the city as any tourist would be, even though I only live a short drive away!

  13. Ignore people who say SF is dirty. Yes, in some neighborhoods (the Tenderloin, which spills over into parts of Downtown), just like any other city. Here are some that aren’t: Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Lower Haight, Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, Inner Sunset, Bernal Heights, SoMa, North Beach, the Marina, Potrero Hill, Japantown and mooooooooore.

  14. I lived in S.F. from 1991-2010 down around Leavenworth and Bay St.
    San Francisco was a different town than, rent was pretty reasonable and the City, while still having problems was much cleaner than today.
    The Mission and even The Castro is being gentrified with Silicon Valley techies, hipsters & yuppies.
    Mom and Pop fresh fruit & vegetable stores along Mission and Valencia are disappearing and being replaced by Walgreens, Starbucks or "new" restaurants or brew-pub etc….
    EVERY Mayor I had said he had a plan to fix the homeless problem…….and EVERY Mayor failed.
    What happened to my City by the Bay?

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