Your Guide to San Francisco | National Geographic
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Your Guide to San Francisco | National Geographic

August 20, 2019

– [Narrator] San Francisco is a rush. A rush of art, flavors,
history, and innovation. (funky rhythmic music) It’s all packed into a
seven-by-seven-mile square, between the Pacific Ocean
and the San Francisco Bay. The city has long attracted trailblazers and countercultures. The Gold Rush, immigration, beatniks, hippies, the LGBTQ community,
and the tech industry have all fueled San
Francisco’s enduring influence on American culture. If you’ve seen a movie
set in San Francisco, you’ve probably seen Chinatown. The Dragon Gate arch at
Grant Avenue and Bush Street tells visitors they’re entering
America’s oldest Chinatown. In the mid-1800s, the
lure of the Gold Rush and the availability of work
building the Pacific Railroad, drew large numbers of Chinese
immigrants to San Francisco. Today you can take in the
scene on packed Grant Avenue, and head to Stockton Street for the authentic Chinatown experience. You can shop for traditional
Chinese ingredients, sip a cup of fragrant jasmine
tea, and eat at some of the best Chinese restaurants in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge might be the most iconic San Francisco landmark, but the massive Golden Gate Park is one of the most visited
green spaces in the U.S. 20% larger than New York’s Central Park, it covers a thousand square acres in a near perfect rectangle, stretching from the oceanfront west, to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. It includes numerous gardens, the historic Conservatory of Flowers, and two world-class museums, the California Academy of Sciences, and the de Young Museum of Fine Art. It also has some pretty unusual
residents for the big city, a herd of bison. Buffalo have lived in
the park since the 1890s. And the tradition continues
today with a small group of six bison that spend their days in a bucolic green pasture
next to Spreckels Lake. Keep going west and you’ll
find yourself at Ocean Beach. The top of the five-mile
stretch of shoreline borders Lands End, a national
park with otherworldly views on the Northwest coast of the city. You can also explore the modern
ruins of the Sutro Baths. When they opened in 1896, it was the largest indoor
swimming facility in the world. But the massive complex of
saltwater pools, restaurants, games, and even a museum,
burned to the ground in 1966. After you’ve climbed the crumbling walls, stairs, and tunnels, you can unwind at the historic
Cliff House restaurant. Originally constructed in 1863, the resort has been rebuilt
three times over the years. Today you can take in the panoramic views in one of the two restaurants that now occupy the
neoclassical structure. The lure of the city by the bay goes so much deeper
than its natural beauty. San Francisco’s diversity,
artistic spirit, and innovative drive all make
it a rich source of adventure for any free spirited traveler. (upbeat funky music)


  • Reply IMA March 16, 2019 at 12:01 pm


  • Reply Rajinder Kumar March 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Very nice commentary. Artistic photography

  • Reply govinda adhikari March 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    great infrastructure

  • Reply Akshat Chaudhary March 16, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    need more of this.

  • Reply cj Manchester March 16, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    SF condensed into a 3.5 min vid sounds about right

  • Reply allan March 16, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    needs to be longer!!

  • Reply Lyrics ASF March 16, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    It reminds me of GTA San Andreas !!

  • Reply Viktor Borg Grelsson March 16, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    when i grow up i wanna be a city

  • Reply Shandi Maulana March 16, 2019 at 12:09 pm


  • Reply WWE Immortals Gamer March 16, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Come to India

  • Reply Azliana Lyana March 16, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    City of colour and diversity. Perfectly described. Would love to visit it some day. Thanks for this NG.

  • Reply DoMadrid March 16, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Umm, no. Nice try, but you're glossing over the real sewer that city has become. I'm glad to have good memories of when I lived there…very glad I got out!

  • Reply Rahul Disari March 16, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    for 1:16, vegans disliked this video

  • Reply Anirudh Ramesh March 16, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    But what if you're broke…?

  • Reply Go Green Chicas March 16, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    My sister just moved here a year ago. It’s expensive to rent and she says there’s a lot of homelessness.

  • Reply Izatudin 2/16/2015 March 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm


  • Reply Taslim Chaudhry March 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Amazing. 🇮🇳

  • Reply b March 16, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Do more of these please

  • Reply Slim Jimmy March 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm


  • Reply Mukul Ingle March 16, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    *Gets GTA San Andreas Flashbacks*

  • Reply King Louie March 16, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Why are you telling us about the hordes of walking homeless!

  • Reply Healing Nature & Meditation March 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm


  • Reply Gabrielle Beatrice Ross March 16, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Chinese people already invaded the whole world😐

  • Reply Ino Dahtgui March 16, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Unfortunately, San Francisco is full of hobos and litter now.

  • Reply Неоандерталец Австралийский March 16, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    China city in North America

  • Reply Anna M. March 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Those Chinese restaurants cooking American version Chinese food. How can be the best restaurants of the world? We took Chinese guest for dinning and they where keep asking “what is this “?

  • Reply Ryan Davis March 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Love the buffalo with its tail up. They only do that for one reason. Looks like you cut the clip before the volley.

  • Reply Dick Boat March 16, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    All you techies ruined fri$co yall need to bounce

  • Reply lakes March 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I'm from around there and I despise the city, too many people, no parking, plenty of rude wanna bees. I say just enjoy the food and that's pretty much it

  • Reply Amal Dev U March 16, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Playing Watch Dogs 2 Will Give More Knowledge about San Francisco 😍

  • Reply Smart Cookie March 16, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Where are the heroin trees and poopy streets??

  • Reply UNLEASHING POTENTIAL - PSYCHOLOGY VIDEOS March 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    San Francisco is beautiful 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Reply Godiva Chanel March 16, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    The thumbnail made me sing the Full House theme song!

  • Reply Sir Yogi Rocks March 16, 2019 at 4:58 pm


  • Reply 1994 AA March 16, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    There's so much more then this in San Francisco

  • Reply Michael G March 16, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Kinda low budget on the 'stock' aerial footage there NatGeo-Salesforce Tower??

  • Reply Tim Holm March 16, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    SF is easily my favorite city in the USA

  • Reply Ryan Behrendt March 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    AKA shitsville USA

  • Reply harry myers March 16, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    BRRRUUUHHHH, i literally got back from San Fran yesterday, missed a load of it apparently!! you guys best send me back to do everything in this video??

  • Reply Fernando Romera March 16, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I'm in love with this town

  • Reply Kelly Plante March 16, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Smells like 💩 infected with liberal pathogen

  • Reply JÖYの貓 March 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Visited once, went to Lombard and Chinatown and LGBTQ community. Nothing else. Total regret.

  • Reply Leon'sGooDreamer March 16, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    WD2 <3

  • Reply Olawz March 16, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    From someone born and raised in the bay.

    You see Oakland? Don't go there.

  • Reply National Geographic March 16, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    San Francisco has gone through many changes over the past 50 some years. To learn more about this city, you can read on here:

  • Reply Mike Rodriguez March 16, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Only city you can get an std just by walking down uncleaned flight of stairs

  • Reply Agou Ange March 17, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Please anybody knows the name of the music at 0.20 ?

  • Reply Righteous1 March 17, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Oh and everything costs double the normal price

  • Reply Ms Daisy March 17, 2019 at 2:36 am

    How much is the distance from California to San Francisco?

  • Reply Susan Diane Howell March 17, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian, San Francesco d'Assisi) founded the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church. Born in 1181 (or 1182), he is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers. However, what many people recall most favorably about him is his love for animals and nature. Many of the stories that surround the life of Saint Francis say that he had a great love for animals and the environment. He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. Pope Gregory IX canonized Francis on July 16, 1228.

  • Reply Fubar March 17, 2019 at 4:30 am


  • Reply Diego Cortez March 17, 2019 at 5:18 am

    "Whatever happened to predictability?"

  • Reply Rando Gaming March 17, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Stop moving to Austin

  • Reply প্রবাসীর অন্তর March 17, 2019 at 7:10 am


  • Reply JuliusCaesarRR March 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Fake News!

  • Reply Ashok Sachan March 17, 2019 at 7:38 am

    I don't know when I'll be financially able to go there!

  • Reply M Lau March 17, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Starfleet headquarters is located in San Francisco.

  • Reply Bat Man March 17, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Who else read San Fierro? 😂

  • Reply Yuki_SF March 17, 2019 at 10:25 am

    SF is my fave city no matter what. <3

  • Reply Brendan Harrington March 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

    SF is my hometown

  • Reply Mookles Mookle March 17, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Any Australians here?

  • Reply FACT BASED March 17, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    SF Bay Area is Satans shiiiitttthole central!!!!

  • Reply Patrick plumber March 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    No bathrooms drug addicts every where ! Very un friendly to tourists not a place for kids save your self a lot of trouble by a post card with the Golden Gate Bridge . Your car will probably be broken into the cops won’t do a thing !

  • Reply San Francisco Patriot March 17, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    My guide to San Francisco is stay away please. We don't want you here. Especially more tech bros and illegal people.

  • Reply John a. March 17, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I was here and rocked this City by Bay ……….

  • Reply hotneo7 March 17, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Now Rocksteady needs to make GTA VI set in SF.

  • Reply Rosetta Walker March 18, 2019 at 1:25 am

    You didn’t even talk about Alcatraz or Pier 39

  • Reply Susan Pepper March 18, 2019 at 1:42 am


  • Reply Large Churro March 18, 2019 at 4:43 am

    I know there’s about to be hella people hating in the comments
    Edit: a word*

  • Reply MisterX3866 March 18, 2019 at 7:46 am

    What about all the homeless hobos and the poo all over the streets ? It's part of the quintessential San Francisco experience.

  • Reply mrjjthor Thor March 18, 2019 at 8:32 am

    I visit SF often and its usually not that clean. Its getting worse with each passing year.

  • Reply Sharp Phenomenon March 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Sewer Francisco, not San Francisco

  • Reply Gaurika Paudel March 18, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Beautiful America…

  • Reply Paulo de Tarso Gregorio Pereira March 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    And about its Spanish name?

  • Reply PangoPixel March 19, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Though it does have its downfalls like high living prices, lots of traffic, and a large homeless population, the city is full of so many unique people, fun things to do, and beautiful sights that make up for it. I'm always as happy to explore the city as any tourist would be, even though I only live a short drive away!

  • Reply Kardozah Tv March 19, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Bay Area🚢⚓💯

  • Reply Chasing Arches March 19, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Ignore people who say SF is dirty. Yes, in some neighborhoods (the Tenderloin, which spills over into parts of Downtown), just like any other city. Here are some that aren’t: Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Lower Haight, Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, Inner Sunset, Bernal Heights, SoMa, North Beach, the Marina, Potrero Hill, Japantown and mooooooooore.

  • Reply Emir March 19, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Makes me want to visit this place

  • Reply Grégoire Sallaz March 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Maybe the best city in california 😍

  • Reply Irwan Adhitya March 19, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I love SF

  • Reply Archana Jhala March 20, 2019 at 11:46 am

    The national geography of San Francisco

  • Reply Archana Jhala March 20, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Is good

  • Reply voongnz March 28, 2019 at 3:55 am

    If you're homeless, why be somewhere cold and foggy?

  • Reply Astronomy79 March 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    It's a liberal hellhole!

  • Reply Elon Musk March 30, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Its every expensive though

  • Reply Adrian G March 30, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    What's the tune at 0:19? It's sooo good! And my Shazam won't pick it up…

  • Reply Menelik Nelson April 2, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Beautiful place.

  • Reply Carolyn's RV Life April 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I lived in the SF area for 30 years. It's a wonderful City!!!

  • Reply Sanddab Z April 21, 2019 at 6:01 am

    I lived in S.F. from 1991-2010 down around Leavenworth and Bay St.
    San Francisco was a different town than, rent was pretty reasonable and the City, while still having problems was much cleaner than today.
    The Mission and even The Castro is being gentrified with Silicon Valley techies, hipsters & yuppies.
    Mom and Pop fresh fruit & vegetable stores along Mission and Valencia are disappearing and being replaced by Walgreens, Starbucks or "new" restaurants or brew-pub etc….
    EVERY Mayor I had said he had a plan to fix the homeless problem…….and EVERY Mayor failed.
    What happened to my City by the Bay?

  • Reply Zenarchy May 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Best City in the World.

  • Reply Cringy Guava June 6, 2019 at 5:43 am

    So proud to be a San Franciscan

  • Reply XF-35 US Conqueror June 8, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Mirip GTA san Andreas

  • Reply Teresa Kelton June 22, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I just love your channel very calming nature videos and very informative.

  • Reply fonsie 32 July 3, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I'm going to San Francisco in a couple of days wish me luck

  • Reply bandaram Aravind July 15, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    explain good sir

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