In the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge lies one of America's gems, San Francisco. Its northern California location along the Pacific Ocean lends to its temperate climate year round. The city offers a plethora of family fun ranging from incredible dining to world-class museums and the innovative nature of the area along with its affluent past has inspired the citys evolving present.

1. San Francisco is home to some of the most beautiful parks on the planet The Bay Area's landscape, composed of sandy beaches and rolling hills enclosed between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, is nothing short of divine, and the city has done an excellent job preserving nature by maintaining over 220 parks. From the massive Golden Gate Park to the historical Presidio, it is easy to spend an afternoon getting lost in one of San Francisco's urban oasis. Don't miss Alamo Square Park or Crissy Field

2. San Francisco is a true melting pot of culture San Francisco is one of the most culturally rich cities in the United States. It is influenced by its unique past while remaining entirely open to all kinds of new inspiration. San Francisco proudly hosts the largest population of Chinese heritage outside of China and is also home to one of America's most bustling LBGTQ communities. Don't miss out on Chinatown or the Japanese Tea Garden, and other great places listed in our peer-crafted travel guide!

3. San Francisco possesses an extremely significant and unique history From the Gold Rush of the 1840s to the Tech Boom of the 1990s and everywhere in between, San Francisco has a unique history built by dreamers. You can peer into the lifestyle of the Victorian Era on a cable car or explore the infamous prison that housed Al Capone and George Kelly. Hang out at Pier 39 to get a glimpse of the fishing community that has been a staple of San Francisco's culture from the city´s start. Don't miss Alcatraz and the Fishermans Wharf, and see whats nearby in the local SF guide.   

4. San Francisco has inspired some of the world's most delicious food Taking influence from the oceanfront landscape, affluent culture, and history, is San Fran's noteworthy cuisine. Here, you will find local classics, such as Joe's Special (a scramble of egg, ground beef, spinach, and garlic) and Hangtown Fry (an omelette stuffed with bacon and oyster), authentic international food, and creative fusions of multiple unique flavors.

Must-Eat locations: Sourdough Bread at Boudine and  Its It Ice Cream. Add your own favorite to the map!  --

San Francisco truly has it all, making it your family's perfect travel destination this year. To discover more interesting San Fran foods, check out Red Tricycles post on Fun Things To Do With Kids in San FranAnd please, feel free to add your favorite places to the San Fran peer-made travel guide!