San Francisco is the only consolidated city-county in California and is officially named the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco takes up a land area of 46.9 square miles and is also the most densely settled large city in California and the second most densely populated city in the United States coming in second behind New York City.
San Francisco is named after Saint Francis and was founded on June 29, 1776 when Spanish colonists settled a fort at the Golden Gate. They also established a mission nearby named for Saint Francis of Assisi. San Francisco saw its initial growth with the California Gold Rush of 1849 and quickly it became the largest city on the West Coast. San Francisco has a rich history including a deadly earthquake and fire that destroyed much of the city in 1906. The city was also a port that led to the Pacific Theater in World War II. After the war was over San Francisco quickly became home to the gay rights movement and the city became a center of activism in the United States.
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San Francisco is famous for the many hills in the city. Many neighborhoods are named after the hills on which they are situated and the hills themselves have become a major tourist attraction for the city. These hills are no problem for the many bikers and pedestrians in the city. Because of some freeway revolts in the 1950s, San Francisco doesn't have many highways in the city and instead relies on arterial thoroughfares. Public transportation is a great way to get around San Francisco. The Municipal Railway is the the seventh largest transit system in the United States and operates with a combined light rail, subway system and bus network. The city also boasts a historic streetcar lines which operates on Market Street from Castro Street to Fisherman's Wharf. In addition, the city has several cable cars still running that have been designated a National Historic Landmark. You can fly to San Francisco by way of the San Francisco International Airport or through Oakland International Airport located across the bay.
Into nature? So are many San Francisco natives. The city boasts more than 220 parks, the largest of which is the Golden Gate Park. The Golden Gate Park was thought up in the 1860s and is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Looking forward to the culture in the city? Check out San Francisco's War Memorial and Performing Arts Center which is home to the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. The city is also home to many museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Palace of the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum. Love Sports? San Francisco is also home to the NFL team the 49ers and the Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants.