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Located on the west coast of the United States, San Francisco has travelled through the centuries without ageing a bit. From the gold rush of the 19th century to the hippy culture of the 1960s, discover a city bursting with history that is now an essential destination in any trip to the United States. Architecture, landscapes and atmosphere, an overview of the must-see stops during your stay in San Francisco.
San Francisco, the city of a thousand faces
San Francisco is the second most densely populated city in the United States, just after New York. A place of tolerance, open-mindedness and counter-culture, it has been home to gold hunters looking to strike it rich, the pioneers of the beatnik movement and defenders of gay rights. In addition to the important role it has played in the history of the United States, it is also known for its impressive Chinatown, the Victorian mansions that line its streets, the breath-taking panoramas of the bay and its laid-back lifestyle. Avant-garde and full of history, peaceful and yet full of life: San Francisco is a city of contradictions and it is exactly this that gives it its charm.
Lyon – San Francisco: flights and transfers
The international airport of San Francisco (IATA code: SFO) is 13 miles to the south of San Francisco, in San Mateo County. There are various transport options available for reaching San Francisco from the airport:
- on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train, which leaves the airport every 20-30 minutes and gets you into the city centre in approx. 30 minutes;
- by rented car. Prices vary depending on the rental company;
- by taxi, in approx. 20-25 minutes*, for approx. $40-50;
- by shuttle bus, with or without advanced booking, $10-15 per person.
* depending on traffic
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