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San Francisco is America's second most densely populated city, known for its vibrant alternative culture. The city is located in Northern California and was founded by Spanish colonists. This distinctly Latin influence is still noticeable to this day. The city also has large Asian communities. San Francisco is known for its liberal attitudes and has often been the focal point for various countercultures, including the Beats, hippies and the LGBT rights movement. Different areas of the city offer a totally different experience, meaning there's a wide variety of San Francisco attractions. Visitors will struggle to fit everything in and are sure to book more flights to San Francisco so that they can see the rest some other time.
Where to start? There is so much to experience in San Francisco, but a visit isn't complete without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, possibly San Francisco's most famous attraction. There are many other things vying for that title though. Alcatraz Island out in the bay, the city's steep hills with their old-timey trams, the City Lights book store and much more compete for visitors' attention. There are fantastic places to eat, tons of history to explore and unbelievable culture to take in. The area around San Francisco also offers stunningly beautiful scenery.
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Flights to San Francisco land at either San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport. As the crow flies, the two airports are roughly the same distance from San Francisco, though it takes longer to drive from Oakland International due to its location across the bay.
It is found roughly 21km south of Downtown San Francisco.
The airport has its own station on San Francisco's BART public transport system plus 5 lines of the SamTrans bus service (140, 292, 397, 398 and KX), all of which allow visitors to travel between San Francisco and the airport. It is also possible to find a taxi at the airport.