San Francisco, the City by the Bay, combines a mild climate and spectacular views with all the basic amenities you'd expect in a big (but not too big) city. Each of its diverse neighborhoods has its own style. There's something here for everyone. Start with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge — clearly visible from the Letterman Digital Arts Center, Lucasfilm's main campus — but you're only scratching the surface of this special place. Even for those of us who call it home, San Francisco and the Bay Area take years to explore. There's always a coastal trail you have yet to hike. There's always a great new restaurant you have yet to try. There's always an interesting museum exhibit you have yet to check out. In other words, there's always something new to discover.

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The Marina is the neighborhood closest to Lucasfilm's LDAC campus. Highly popular with singles and young couples, it features quiet residential streets lined with Victorians and well-kept apartment buildings. There's easy access to the Presidio and the Bay, including spectacular views and plenty of green space at the restored Crissy Field. Fashionable Union Street (technically part of the Cow Hollow neighborhood) is crawling with upscale clothing boutiques and spas. Chestnut Street attracts young singles with a wide range of restaurants.

Union Square is the heart of downtown San Francisco, surrounded by department stores such as Macy's and famous hotels like the Westin St. Francis. Within a few short blocks of the square itself are some of the city's best shopping, from the flagship Apple Store to Crate & Barrel, from the brand new Westfield Shopping Centre to Georgio Armani.

North Beach is a traditional Italian neighborhood, nestled in the shadow of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill. The Beat Generation was born here, and City Lights Bookstore — where Jack Kerouac and co. hung out — still stands on Columbus Ave. It's the most European-style neighborhood in the City, too, with sidewalk seating at many restaurants and stylish cafes serving up frothy cappuccinos and lattes. Come here after dark for great nightclubs and bars.

You'll recognize Pacific Heights from countless movies — the enormous mansions, the tree-lined streets, and the incredible views of Alcatraz, Angel Island and the Bay. It's a great place to walk, and Fillmore Street is sprinkled with great shopping opportunities for clothes mavens, furniture fanatics and designers alike.

The Haight is best known to visitors as the home of hippie culture, the place where the Summer of Love never ended. And while that's certainly true to an extent, those who live here know that it's got a friendly, hang-loose vibe that's unique, even for San Francisco. Enjoy the neighborhood's attractive Victorian homes, funky vintage clothing shops, hip record stores, casual restaurants, and the city's best playground — Golden Gate Park — right next door.

The Castro is the celebrated neighborhood that's home to a large portion of San Francisco's gay population. It's a lively, vibrant scene full of quirky shops, countless restaurants, dance clubs, and the historic Castro Theatre, where classic films are screened in Art Deco elegance.

Few urban neighborhoods are as charming and low-key as Noe Valley, which is almost like a small town within a city. Its quiet, tree-lined streets are filled with refurbished Victorians, while the sidewalks are packed with twenty-somethings, young married couples, dogs and baby strollers. 24th Street is the village where everyone comes together to enjoy a coffee or bakery treat and shop at one of the many artisan boutique stores.

The Mission is home to both urban hipsters and a large part of the city's Latino population. Art galleries, experimental theatre and boutique clothing stores are mixed in among taquerias, produce markets and auto repair shops. With a great collection of cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs, the Mission is great place to hang out any time of the day.



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