Ah, San Francisco. It may be known more for its fog than its sunshine, but there are plenty of beautiful days in SF (just please don't call it "San Fran" or "Frisco" around the locals). Whether you live for the excitement of the big city or you prefer a quieter vibe, you'll love paying a visit to the Golden City. Believe it or not, there's something for everyone here, and we happen to believe everyone should see San Francisco in their 20s (and after).
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So, why should you visit San Francisco, and why should you do it while you're young? Here are eight good reasons to explore the City by the Bay and eight life lessons you just might learn from doing so:
Having a rental car will give you excellent freedom to be able to explore the area. That being said, San Francisco is definitely a walking city. Come prepared to hike uphill to the park, venue or restaurant you want to see, and don't forget to bring comfortable shoes.
Life lesson: You're capable of pushing yourself further than you think.
San Francisco has one of the most amazing, expansive and diverse food scenes in the country. It's a top leader in culinary discovery. You can find a restaurant that highlights almost any cuisine in the world, and they're almost guaranteed to do it well. And if American classics are what you're craving, you'll find plenty of those too.
Life lesson: Try new foods, always. You never know what you might end up loving. Always be willing to be a little adventurous with your cuisine.
San Francisco is a melting pot of culture. From aging hippies to tech geniuses, American-made hipsters and people from other countries, you'll find it all. If you've never experienced true cultural diversity, you owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in it.
Life lesson: You can learn a lot from people who have different life experiences and from stepping outside of your comfort zone.
With its sporting events, concerts, live music venues and Broadway shows, the Golden City is a mecca of first class entertainment options. Some of them, like the Fillmore and the Golden Gate Theatre, have a long history that make them extra-special destinations. Shows and concerts are fun at any age, but experiencing new music and performances while you're young can really shape your tastes as you age.
Life lesson: Expose yourself to new genres of music or shows you may not have otherwise considered. You just might be pleasantly surprised.
You might think of Los Angeles as California's shopping capital, but San Francisco can really hold its own. The Union Square area is one of the largest shopping neighborhoods in the country, and you'll find tons of obscure but amazing boutiques in the city's neighborhoods like the Mission District or Pacific Heights. Save room in your suitcase for some new finds, because you're going to want to do some browsing.
Life lesson: You're never too young or too old to reinvent yourself. Find your personal sense of style by experimenting with new colors, textures and silhouettes.
Whether you're an avid reader or you haven't seen the inside of a book in ages, surely you can appreciate a good read. Like most major cities, San Francisco is home to a plethora of wonderful bookstores. City Lights, a landmark independent bookstore and publisher, specializes in world literature, the arts and political publications. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, and it's a real gem in the North Beach area.
Life lesson: Read. Expand your mind, and discover new authors and new points of view. You'll carry the perspective with you.
Golden Gate Park. Alcatraz Island. Fisherman's Wharf. Pier 39. Dolores Park. San Francisco has so many quintessential spots, you could stay for months and not see them all. Their popular tourist attractions are fun and always worth exploring. For a fun look into the city's hippie past, sign up for the Magic Bus Tour (1-855-969-6244).
Life lesson: We have a lot to learn from history, including the history that is all around us.
The Day Trips
San Francisco is surrounded by some seriously amazing small cities and towns that are worth checking out. You'll be close to wine country, and you can designate a driver for your rental car and sip vino in Napa or Sonoma. You'll also be within easy driving distance of the much-loved Santa Cruz, which has a beautiful boardwalk full of family-friendly fun your inner child will adore. There are many other options for exploring the outskirts of San Francisco, all you have to do is decide what you're in the mood for.
Life lesson: Go off the beaten path once in awhile. You just might love it.
Enjoy the City by the Bay!