Welcome to San Francisco and the Bay Area — home to 101 cities, nine counties, and seven million people. Our regional metropolis serves as the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. Since the National Planning Conference was last in San Francisco in 2005, the Bay Area has changed dramatically and continues to evolve as communities respond to the challenges of affordable housing, loss of diversity, and an increasingly influential technology sector.
Beyond the images of cable cars, hills, and the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay Area adds up to far more than the sum of its parts. This city guide was curated by local planners who have highlighted regional sights, sounds, and tastes of San Francisco and the surrounding area for you to explore during your time at NPC19. Enjoy, and welcome to San Francisco!