Welcome to the San Francisco Area

No doubt about it, the San Francisco Bay Area is an extraordinary place to live, work and play.

Rolling hills and tall redwood trees, world-class museums and art galleries, fine restaurants and farmers markets – they’re all here. With an entrepreneurial spirit that began in the California Gold Rush, there’s a spark here that ignites. The Bay Area’s year-round moderate climate invites outdoor entertaining and activities, from sailing to mountain biking.

Take a drive along the Pacific Coast and stop into one of the small coastal communities for a plate of fresh oysters or a cup of clam chowder. Head east to the mountains for skiing, camping or wilderness hiking. Or, stay close to home and enjoy a local festival, a great meal, a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge or a hike in one of the Bay Area’s premier parks.

Every region in the Bay Area is distinctly different. San Francisco, one of the world’s favorite destination cities, is rich with cultural possibilities. Napa and Sonoma counties, known for their premium wines, have maintained their rural flavor. Marin County’s national recreation areas, national monuments and agricultural lands invite those who seek room to roam. Contra Costa and Alameda Counties enjoy a warm climate, vibrant cities and oak studded rolling hills.