Sitting on 43 hills, and surrounded on three sides by water, San Francisco is ideally located so that almost every one of its streets ends or begins with a panoramic water view. Some call it the City by the Bay, but to most of its residents, it is known simply as The City. Seldom has there been such a passion for preserving the past with its colorful legends and architecture as there is in San Francisco. Seven times it has been rebuilt after fires and earthquakes; and seven times, it has been carefully and lovingly restored. To get the real San Francisco experience, take a ride on one of the iconic cable cars and make sure not to miss Fisherman’s Wharf for sightseeing, dining and shopping, and head to Pier 39 to get a look at lounging sea lion who’ve made it their home. Catch some of the beautiful architecture of the city with the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid, and the beautiful Victorian painted ladies. Nightlife, dining, and plenty of shopping round out a visit to the city.