This west coast city on the bay appeals to nearly everyone – business-types, boho beatniks and those looking for some quaint, unique vibes from the countless neighborhoods spread throughout the city. Located in Northern California, the weather here is always good, but often a little chilly with its breeze coming off the eye-catching San Francisco Bay. Dress in layers and always be prepared for a thick layer of fog to roll in and saturate the area with clouds and mist.

Getting around San Francisco is easy, thanks to the multiple options of public transportation. The Bart rail system transports visitors from San Francisco International Airport and beyond, making it easy to avoid renting a car if you choose to walk throughout the city. Be prepared for some steep climbs, though, as San Francisco is built on countless hills and some of them are pretty substantial in elevation for a city. Hop on and off a quintessential Trolley for that perfect San Francisco experience – you can purchase passes for any length of stay.

Once you’re in the city, there’s a lot to do. One of the most iconic destinations is Lombard Street, considered one of the world most crooked streets. There are two ways to see it – by car, down the one-way street or on foot. Whether you view it from the top or bottom of the hill, it’s always a sight to see! If you love chocolate and sweets, no trip to San Francisco is complete without a stop at Ghirardelli Square – a chocolate-lover’s dream – to pick up some treats for the ride back to the hotel.

There’s history and charm in every part of the city, but San Francisco is best known for its place in hippie culture of the 1960s. Check out the shops and restaurants along Haight-Ashbury for a fun immersion into eclectic boutiques, record shops and vintage finds. Of course, no trip to San Francisco is complete without viewing the Golden Gate Bridge or Alcatraz! Tours are offered at Alcatraz daily, which lends a fascinating peek into this chilling prison destination that once housed famed gangster Al Capone.