We visited San Francisco frequently over the period of ten years and always found something new and enchanting in a town which is not one of the largest or more populated cities in America, but that has got the magic and fascinating feel like no other.
The city is on top of the Golden Gate Strait, a narrow passage to the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, discovered by explorer John C. Fremont, who was amazed at its splendor in 1846, just two years before gold was found in California.
Few cities combine the charisma and fascination as San Francisco, the City on the Bay where people came to pursue the First the American dream, the “Dream of the West”.
The history of the town began with the gold rush to California in 1849, after the discovery of the prized yellow metal in Northern California when ships flocked and docked in San Francisco, the gateway to the West.
San Francisco is also the “end of the line” of the “Transcontinental Express” the train from New York that linked America from the East to the West since 1869, in a railroad voyage that in those times lasted three and a half days.
Today San Francisco is a city that combines the innovation of nearby Silicon Valley and nonconformity and, above all, a source of artistic quality in arts and literature.
Not many places can claim to be the “habitat” and source of inspiration for the doyen of American poetry Robert Frost, the creator of Perry Mason the detective fiction books, Erle Stanley Gardner, or the intellectuals of the “Beat Generation”, Irwin Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac.
Mark Twain, although not born in San Francisco, discovered his talent as a writer of masterpieces like “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “ Huckleberry Finn “and made his mark in American literature, by starting to work as a reporter in a local newspaper.
Among the most significant tourist attractions of the city, there are architectural and scenic wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge,” the most photographed bridge in the world “, the emblematic Cable Cars, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Coit Tower the Embarcadero and the Fisherman’s Wharf Waterfront and the Alcatraz Island penitentiary.
The Golden Gate Bridge links the city of San Francisco to Marin County and the beautiful scenic drives of the neighboring towns of Sausalito and Tiburon.