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Whether you choose to become a newly minted San Franciscan or decide to make your new home elsewhere around the Bay Area, you will find Northern California living to be a rewarding choice, thanks to its diversity, storied history and beautiful, temperate weather. San Francisco continues to charm and mesmerize with her famous sites, stunning vistas, arts and cultural offerings, renowned restaurants, and countless activities. Union Square pulsates with shops that range from classic to hipper-than-hip; Fisherman’s Wharf still makes waves thanks to its many family-friendly offerings; the Haight-Ashbury continues its colorful, counter-culture tradition in welcoming all walks of life. More active options await once you head outdoors for a nearly endless array of recreational pursuits. Start at Golden Gate Park and let its gardens, lakes, manicured lawns and fields take your breath away, while its tennis courts, golf course, riding stables, plus baseball, soccer and polo fields beckon you to play. The shoreline of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area tempts with its beachcombing, jogging, biking, kite flying, fishing and picnicking options.
Not to be outdone, the surrounding areas outside of The City also present a diverse approach to life. Scenic communities abound throughout the Bay Area, from the natural spectacles of Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods in Marin County, to the easy pace of life in the East Bay, to the Silicon Valley’s other offerings of the good life that dot the Peninsula. Traveling further out rewards you with indulgent day trips to wine country, be it the Napa or Sonoma Valley. Even Lake Tahoe is just a few hours’ drive — and an astoundingly beautiful road trip — from San Francisco and once there, your biggest dilemma will be which activity to take up first. Winter months include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe tours and more; summertime features spectacular boating, sailing, backpacking and mountain biking, to name a few. And no matter what time of year you venture into South Lake Tahoe, you can try your luck at the casinos around the clock.
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