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San Francisco came to life with the gold rush, caused by the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada foothills. In the 1930s with the construction of the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, the city was connected to the bay area, now known for its numerous high-tech companies.
San Francisco has a unique character with very distinct neighbourhoods, like SoMa, Chinatown, Japantown, Castro and Mission district.
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Originally a cargo pier but later renovated into some sort of picturesque fishing village with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, Pier 39 is one of the country's most visited tourist attractions.
Once the commercial center of the city's fishing industry; today tourists flock to this waterfront area and the nearby Pier 39 attracted by the many restaurants and shops.
After a cable car line was opened here affluent people started to build mansions on top of this hill. Today it is still an upper class area with several luxury hotels.
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