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San Francisco California is divided into many sections and neighborhoods - each with their own distinctive style. To get directly to the heart of San Francisco, head downtown to Market Street on a Muni bus (unless you want to spend a good part of your day hunting for parking spaces and parallel parking on steep hills). Union Square is several blocks away and Chinatown is within walking distance. From there, head over to North Beach where you'll find the Coit Tower and a fantastic panorama of the city and bay. North Beach leads into Fisherman's Wharf, with its colorful San Francisco hotels, seafood restaurants, entertainers, and shops. Take a ferry to Al Capone's old stomping grounds at Alcatraz, browse the Maritime Museum, and don't forget to buy some fresh chocolate at Ghirardelli Square. No matter what, at some point give your feet a rest and catch a trolley. Spend a sunny afternoon at Golden Gate Park, with its museums and concerts. Or go to the Haight Ashbury and take a look at the old haunts of the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and other icons of the 1960's. Check out the murals in the Mission District. Go towards Lake Merced, in the southwest corner of the city, and take your kids to the San Francisco Zoo. If you do want to drive, take the 49-mile scenic drive by following the blue-and-white seagull signs that will take you on a tour of the best-known sights of the city.

Early History: The San Francisco area was first settled at least 15,000 years ago by the Ohlone Indians, who lived in the coastal area between San Francisco Bay and Point Sur. The Spanish found the entrance to the bay in 1769, and by 1776, the first colonizing party arrived to found the Presidio of San Francisco and Mission Dolores. San Francisco remained a tiny settlement until the Gold Rush of 1849. Mercantile establishments, small industries, and shipping to the Orient brought prosperity to the newcomers. Famous writers such as Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, and Mark Twain congregated here. In 1869 the first westbound train arrived in San Francisco and by 1870 San Francisco had become the tenth largest city in the United States. Irish immigrants settled into the Mission area and French, Italian, German, Russian, Australian, Jewish and many other nationalities contributed to the city's international flair. The 1906 Earthquake and fire devastated the city. But with its characteristic spirit, the city rebuilt itself--into a grander city than even before.



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