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Why you should go to San Francisco !

Long celebrated for its friendly live-and-let-live attitude, and as renowned for its natural beauty as it is for its progressive politics, San Francisco is perhaps the most famous LGBT-friendly city in the world. A 2015 Gallup poll confirms it has the highest percentage of gay residents anywhere in the US, and has been a haven for LGBT communities throughout the 20th century. It also serves as a significant piece of living history for the Gay Rights Movement, with multiple monuments to its struggles. One of the most notable is Harvey Milk Plaza-named for the first openly gay political candidate in California-which flies an 18-foot-long rainbow flag at the corner of Castro and Market Streets.

As the self-styled Gay Capital of America, there is much to love about the City by the Bay, and because it's home to rolling hills, the Golden Gate Bridge, and an array of impressive architecture, it's also one of the most photographed places on Earth. With this in mind, it's no surprise that San Francisco is a supremely popular tourist destination. The temperate climate, thriving restaurant scene, top-notch museums, and world-class Pride parades make it an attractive choice for LGBT travelers year-round.

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All the News That's Fit to Print

Some of the best parties in the city are hosted by clubs that only cater to gay clientele one night a week. These parties...

Ladies Night

Like many other cities, San Francisco has struggled to offer gay women as many places to party as there are for gay men....

Remember to Curb Your Wheels

Remember that San Francisco police will ticket you if you don't curb your wheels when parking on hills.  This means...

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Runabout has been to and reviewed San Francisco

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Lived there for about 20 years... magnificent place.

Laura Varela has been to and rated San Francisco

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Scott Patterson has been to and reviewed San Francisco

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Amazing city... If you haven't been, you need to!

Margaret Steinbrunn has been to and rated San Francisco

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BosGuy has been to and reviewed San Francisco

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San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. It is beautiful because of its geography as well as its architecture and has so many inviting and interesting neighborhoods to explore and enjoy.

Unfortunately, in recent years the homeless problem and those afflicted by the opiod epidemic have created a situation where it can sometimes be hard to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

However, if you do visit, I like to encourage people to look beyond downtown. Making plans for a nice brunch in Saucilito which is across the bay can provide a wonderful way to enjoy the views of the city and is usually warmer and more sunny than San Francisco. Fortunately, you can get there relatively easily either by car or ferry.