San Francisco has a population of 805,235 making it the 4th biggest city in California. It operates on the PDT time zone, which means that it follows the same time zone as Los Angeles.
|Country||The United States Of America|
|Elevation||28 m over sea level|
|Airport||San Francisco International Airport|
Known for Victorian architecture, Alcatraz, cable cars, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, steep hills and trademark fog, San Francisco sits on the shores of its namesake bay, bridged by its most famous landmark - the Golden Gate Bridge.
The city of San Francisco was built on 43 hills, and that's reflected in its incredibly steep and curving streets; Filbert is steepest at 31.5 degrees, but Lombard is the most popular with its seductive, winding curves.
The San Francisco Bay Area has a history of cultural diversity and tolerance. The first San Francisco residents included a diverse population of Ohlone Indians, New Zealanders, Spanish Californians, Americans, Chinese, Hawaiians, South Americans and Europeans, and that diversity is the city's charm.
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- San Francisco experienced rapid growth as a result of the the Gold Rush when the precious metal was found at Sutter's Mill in 1848. By 1852, the number of residents had swelled to 35,000.
- San Francisco is the birthplace of the Chinese Fortune Cookie, invented at the Golden Gate Park Tea Garden by the Japanese Hagiwara family.
- San Francisco is built on 43 hills with incredibly steep and curving streets. Filbert is steepest at 31.5 degrees, but Lombard is the most popular with its seductive, winding curves.
These are the only moving national monuments in the United States. Almost 10 million people take a ride on these 9-mile-per-hour transports every year. The San Francisco Cable Car Museum is the heart of the system where visitors can view the continuous cable winding machinery in action and enjoy historical cable car treasures.
The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest in the world from its beginnings in 1937 until 1964 when the Verrazano opened in New York City. With its graceful structure and patented 'International Orange' paint, the Golden Gate remains one of the most admired and photographed structures in the world.
This was first a military and then a notorious federal prison for many years. Situated in San Francisco Bay, the island is now managed by the U.S. National Park Service and is home to the Alcatraz Museum and the first lighthouse in California. 'The Rock' has been the not so happy home of Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, and the famous Birdman of Alcatraz.
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