— words by Jennifer Campbell

San Francisco – the city by the bay where crooner Tony Bennett left his heart. A sensory feast of culture and innovation, it is a city of many faces with a personality that's difficult to pin down. Long defined by its stunning natural setting and for being at the vanguard of America's counter-culture revolution, Northern California's golden city pulsates with cool rhythms and a vibrant spirit – cultured on the outset, but bohemian at heart.

San Francisco's star-power of course is its iconic Golden Gate Bridge along with the once-notorious Alcatraz Island, which now sits silent and haunted especially when swirling fog from the Pacific Ocean rolls in to Horseshoe Bay as twilight falls. Then there are the great gastronomy experiences, art festivals and museums, clanging cable cars, and a squadron of Victorian houses that cling to its impossibly steep hills.

Be captivated by the picture-postcard views of a gleaming skyline  ̶  from the tallest building, Transamerica Pyramid, to the 360 degree panorama at Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill – the mystical bay waters and intriguing neighborhoods – all places where you'll feel the verve of the city by day or after dark.  

With over 18 million visitors flocking to the city each year to soak up its diverse attractions you can also be assured that San Francisco is always on tap in either a neon blaze or gossamer lights – 24 hours a day. It seems that every seismic rumble in San Francisco prompts another season of cultural innovation and fresh discoveries. But one thing's for certain; the city by the bay's bright lights never fail to beckon.