San Francisco covers the tip of a 30mi (50km) peninsula in Northern California, with the Pacific Ocean on its western side and the San Francisco Bay to the north and east. San Francisco is just one of many cities in the Bay Area; others include San Jose (an hour's drive southeast of San Francisco, near the southern tip of the bay), Oakland (east across the Bay Bridge) and Berkeley (just north of Oakland). Marin County and the Wine Country lie to the north of the city, across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Arts and Events
In keeping with San Francisco's colorful reputation, there is an interesting mixture of festivals and exhibitions almost all year round in the city. There is everything from a Cable Car Bell-Ringing Championship in June and July through to Halloween night in Castro Street as well as Shakespeare performances and Opera and Blues in the parks during the summer.