San Francisco, California
Hello Ocean City! In honor of the 4th of July, Cassandra and I decided on a domestic Port O’ Call this week. Our local hot spot is San Francisco. Bizzarro World politics
aside, the Bay City offers a spectacular slice of Americana. The 14th largest U.S. city, San Fran metro is home to 4.2 million people. Settled in by the Spanish in 1776, the city was named after St. Francis of Assisi. In 1848 the California gold rush catapulted the city to prosperity. The ensuing windfall coined the term “49er” that the local sports fans embrace. Today San Fran is one of the wealthiest cities on earth. Gold prospectors were replaced by the dot com gurus of Silicon Valley in the late 90’s. The roaring tech sector has pushed housing prices through the roof. The diverse population is heavily Asian. Community leaders are predominantly liberal and “ambisextrous” policies are en vogue.
San Fran has a lot to offer for tourists. The Golden Gate Bridge is the most recognizable in the world. Park benches on the southside offer picturesque photo opportunities. On the north side of the bridge is Muir Woods National park. Muir is home to the largest Redwood and Sequoia trees in the country. On the southside you’ll find the charming fishing village of Sausalito. Sausalito is a Mediterranean style marina with posh botiques and dining.
San Francisco has temperate winters and notoriously cool summers. Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” The cool ocean mixes with the warm California air to produce a ton of fog. There is no bad time of year to visit San Fran. A six-hour flight from BWI will get you there. They are three hours ahead and Sunday afternoon 49er games kickoff at 10 am. Crime is very low for a large city. This is a wealthy city and everything costs nearly double what it does in Ocean City. Its overall charm makes it well worth the visit and we rate it as our most cosmopolitan U.S. city. Can’t say we left our hearts there, but we’ll definitely be back. Happy Birthday America!
– The Rox