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San Francisco, officially City and County of San Francisco and colloquially known by its initialism SF, is a city in, and the cultural, commercial, and financial center of, Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, and the fourth-most populous in California, with 883,305 residents as of 2018. It covers an area of about 46.89 square miles (121.4 km2), mostly at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large U.S. city, and the fifth-most densely populated U.S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is the 12th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States, with 4,729,484 people in 2018. With San Jose, it forms the fifth most populous combined statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area (9.67 million residents in 2018).

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Plan Your Perfect Family Vacation

View from the Slopes at Northstar in Tahoe

Skiing in Lake Tahoe

Kasumi Ito describes her experiences skiing in Lake Tahoe (in California) with her young son and offers some advice for families planning a trip there

Melissa Dona with her family at Yosemite National Park

Experiencing Yosemite National Park

In the Summer of 2017, our family took a two week trip-of-a-lifetime to California. One of our stops was a 3-day stay in Yosemite. At the time of the trip our children were 8 and 12 years old. Here are the things that made our trip to Yosemite wonderful, and some tips to help you in your planning!

San Francisco Trip Advice from a Local

San Francisco is an amazing city and one I called home for 5 years, 2 of those with a baby. It is easy to get around if you do your research.

Sightseeing in San Francisco with our Family

San Francisco is such a great city to explore with children. We found a comfortable hotel with a pool and a convenient location. We were able to fit in sightseeing, hikes and great food in this trip!

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