The neighborhood that the San Francisco City Center Hostel calls home is a true melting pot, and in our Meet the Neighbors series we've talked with the people behind the many businesses that give this 'hood so much flavor.
Cultural experiences are things that travelers often check off a list like they're shopping for groceries. Monument of historical significance. Check. Museum of some kind of art. Check. Bread and butter. Check and check. In San Francisco, a relatively new city by global standards, those who hunger for a socio-cultural sandwich can experience contemporary art, literary ephemera, and historical artifacts (all organic, of course) in one building at the brand new San Francisco History Museum.
When visitors think of iconic thoroughfares in San Francisco, the mansions, manicured gardens, and hairpin turns of Lombard Street are probably the first images that come to mind. While Lombard may be the most well known, San Francisco has several other notable streets that offer travelers a local experience and some insight into the zeitgeist of the city's distinct neighborhoods. Our new series, "Streets of San Francisco" examines the offerings of the unique arteries that define the City by the Bay.
Modern California holds sprawling metropolitan areas, the biggest population of all the United States, and the eighth largest economy in the world. But prior to the mid-1800s, California was a land of sleepy settlements. Now densely populated, San Francisco had only 459 residents in 1847. Everything changed when gold was discovered east of Sacramento in 1848, and the rush of gold prospectors that followed gave rise to California as we know it today.