Getting to Know San Francisco

San Francisco has much to offer in the areas of art, entertainment, and sporting events. The city is home to an internationally acclaimed opera company, symphony, and ballet. It hosts some amazing museums, and has nightclubs to meet any taste in music.

Don't miss the opportunity to see a Giants baseball team play at AT&T Park Stadium. In addition, you will not go hungry with more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S., again reflecting the vast ethnic diversity of the Bay Area.

To learn more about San Francisco, we recommend the following websites and books. The list is far from complete, but they are a good place to start.

San Francisco City Guides
Offering tours of many San Francisco neighborhoods.

SF Gate
San Francisco Bay Area news, entertainment and weather information. 

SF Station
City events, film, performing arts, visual arts, music, club and entertainment information. San Francisco
Browse featured and user reviews on everything from restaurants and shopping to every-day nececessities.

San Francisco City and County Government    
City agencies, public monuments, libraries, tourism, transportation, and more. 

San Francisco Convention and Visitor’s Service
Tourist information
900 Market Street
(415) 391-2000 or (415) 974-6900


Books On San Francisco

Numerous guides for San Francisco and the Bay Area are available.  We have included a couple of our favorites below.  They are published in the U.S. but may be found on the internet at or at any local San Francisco bookstore or library once you arrive. 

  • National Geographic Traveler: San Francisco, 3rd Edition(2008)
    By Jerry Dunn
  • Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in the San Francisco Bay Area: Including San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, and Palo Alto (Newcomer's Handbooks) by Scott van Velsor  (Paperback - Oct 13, 2009)
  • San Francisco (City Guide)
    by Alison Bing and John A Vlahides  (Paperback - Mar 1, 2010)
  • Walking San Francisco
    30 savvy tours exploring the CityAEs distinctive enclaves, colorful history, and back alley intrigues.
    By Tom Downs (Author)