Welcome to the capital of free thinking. San Francisco was the centre of the 1960s counterculture and hippie movement. Nowhere is its Bohemian spirit more alive than in the Haight-Ashbury district, where you can while away an entire day browsing its record stores, bookshops and poetry cafes.
The city is also considered the culinary capital of the United States. With over 3,500 restaurants offering fare from around the globe – from Cajun to Cambodian – San Francisco has more eateries per capita than any other city in the country. It's not all about Michelin-starred restaurants either (although it has them in abundance) – some of the best meals can be found in tucked-away, family-run bistros and street markets.
San Francisco is also the capital of the outdoors. From its miles of beaches to its buzzing waterfront areas and sprawling Muir Woods, it is hard to find a place where outdoor living is more celebrated.
It’s easy to see why the city, sitting on a small seven-by-seven-mile square of land, packs such a punch.