San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco is considered one of the greatest cities in the world for many things, including five-star dining, a happening theater scene, and gay and lesbian culture. And, beyond the fifty-square-mile city, in the surrounding Bay Area, there’s so much more to explore, including Silicon Valley’s innovations, Marin’s Headlands, the Napa Valley’s vineyards, and Berkeley’s free spirit.
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The Golden Gate Bridge
When it was built in the mid-1930s, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Golden Gate remains San Francisco’s iconic structure, stretching almost 2 miles to Marin County and soaring 4,200 feet above the bay. But most people see it through a car window, speeding by at 60 miles an hour. The bridge is worth a walk across for the vertigo-inducing view alone—the rounded green hills of Marin, San Francisco’s skyline, the Pacific running to the horizon, boats skipping across the water.
The question in Los Angeles is never what to do, but where to begin. The county is home to many famous attractions in a relatively concentrated space. Your choices include amusement parks, architectural landmarks, art museums and galleries, beaches, parks, hiking and shopping, to name a few. After the sun goes down, you’ll find there’s an abundance of nightlife options, including movies (of course!), as well as live music and comedy provided by performers both legendary and yet-to-be-discovered.
Arts & Culture
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California has a reputation as a haven for people with creative minds, and you can see this in its multifaceted cultural offerings. Arts abound here in four main formats: large-scale, world-class organizations; smaller, quirkier museums, often showcasing the Golden State’s history and its abundant idiosyncratic subcultures (think surfers, Silicon Valley techno-wizards, and Peanuts aficionados); music venues galore; robust artists’ communities, and cultural offerings through California State Parks. Below you'll find a small sampling of California’s cultural bounty. Want to learn more? Go to California!