San Francisco is called The City by the Bay. The city is located on the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula, which separates San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. As a result, panoramic views from almost every site is the norm for this city that is known for its waterfront.
San Francisco is a Northern California commercial, financial and cultural center. Tourist attractions, banking and corporate headquarters, institutions of higher learning and museums combine to make San Francisco a major travel destination. Companies headquartered in San Francisco include Levi Strauss, Gap, Dolby, Electric Company, Twitter, Pinterest, and Uber. It doesn't hurt to have a cool Mediterranean climate.
Fisherman's Wharf district is a major location of shopping, restaurants, entertainment and museums in San Francisco. Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square are major shopping venues. Restaurants in this district are known for serving fresh seafood, including Dungeness crab and clam chowder. Other populat attractions in the district include, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf and San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
Chinatown is a large Chinese enclave. There are four Chinatowns in San Francisco. The one centered on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street is the oldest one in North America and the largest enclave outside Asia. The people of Chinatown retain the customs and traditions of Chinese culture. Most residents speak Mandolin or Cantonese. Westernized Chinese cuisine was birthed in San Francisco's Chinatown restaurants.
Popular San Francisco landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge that spans the Golden Gate strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, cable cars and Alcatraz Federal Prison.