San Francisco is probably the most beautiful city in the United States of America. Located in California, on a peninsula at the entrance to the large bay of the same name, along the Pacific Ocean. The city is characterized by modern skyscrapers flanked by many Victorian-style buildings. Famous are the bridges that cross the San Francisco bay. Among them the famous Golden Gate Bridge, built in 1937. The municipality has about 780,000 inhabitants, but the metropolitan area of the Bay exceeds seven million inhabitants. The city is also home to one of America’s largest Chinese communities, which partially live in the famous chinatown.
The city was founded by the Spaniards in 1776 as a military garrison to which was added a mission established by the Franciscans. In 1821, with the independence of Mexico from Spain, the city became part of the Mexican state to which it remained linked until 1846. In this year it was occupied by American troops. Then in 1848 the city officially became part of the United States of America. In 1906 the city was almost completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake.
INFORMATION ON FLIGHTS TO SAN FRANCISCO
The city is mainly served by the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which is located 21 km south of the city center. This airport has flights to numerous destinations in America in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. San Francisco International Airport is the 10th largest airport in the United States and the 20th in the world in terms of passengers (in 2011). The structure has 4 terminals, the domestic terminals (USA and Canada) are Terminals 1, 2, and 3, while Terminal 4 is reserved for international flights.
There are also two other international airports in the San Francisco Bay area: Oakland International Airport (OAK) and San Jose International Airport (SJC).