San Francisco's hilly neighborhoods, innate fabulousness and history of innovation remains undeterred from earthquakes and the dot-com bubble bursts. The weather seems to change as fast as the city evolves, it can be quite warm until a sudden fog rolls along with a sudden chill. Each neighborhood offers a different perspective on the city, from Dogpatch with its art studios and start-ups to Mid-Market with its established high tech firms and up-market eateries. San Francisco is also a city for outdoor activities, whether it's a stroll in Golden Gate Park to take in a foggy vista of the Golden Gate Bridge, surfing on Ocean Beach or the views of the Marin Headlands from Lands End, you always seem to be seeing the city from a different light.
The center of Silicon Valley, San Jose has high-tech modernity and the Spanish charm of its origins. It also has many standout museums, such as the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and the San Jose Museum of Modern Art all offering impressive exhibitions. A visit to the Winchester Mystery House, perhaps the most bizarre building in America, is also worthwhile. It is the former home of Sarah Winchester who kept building onto the mansion throughout her life, it became a sort of maze over 4 acres with mysterious dead end hallways and staircases leading to nowhere.
Home to the University of California, Berkeley is an famous college town that has been at the forefront of many of America's progressive political ideals. Most attractions have an educational appeal, from the university's Museum of Paleontology to its Bancroft Library that houses the papers of Mark Twain. Prepare to be enlightened.