26 Awesome Things The Bay Area Does Right

By the time you’re done reading this, your bags will be packed.

1. The geeks are the cool kids.

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In high school, it was cooler to found a startup than a club.

2. 0% humidity.

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3. Having enough In-N-Outs so that you’re never too far away from one in an emergency.

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4. Sourdough bread.

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5. Chinese food from Chinatown.

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6. Coffee brewed by the cup, thanks to the Blue Bottle and Philz barista you know by name.

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7. Muir Woods

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8. Outside Lands, aka The Best and Prettiest Music Festival in America.


No sweaty deserts, no rave-y weirdos.

9. Knowing your produce is coming from a farm that’s only a couple of miles away.

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Forget church: Sunday is for the farmer’s market!

10. Burritos. And if you’re not satisfied, you can always drive down to Mexico.


11. Morning fog rolling over the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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12. Napa Valley for wine tasting.

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Slash the destination for every wedding, anniversary or work retreat.

13. Caltrain: The best DD the Bay has to offer.


Honorable mentions to Bart and Muni.

14. It’s-Its.

Most underrated ice cream sandwich ever.

15. Bay To Breakers.


The 12K with more nudity than you’ll ever be prepared for.

16. 280.

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Every Bay Arean knows that taking 101 is faster, but 280 is so pretty it’s worth the time.

17. Tom Hanks.

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18. Choosing Birkenstocks over Crocs.

19. Getting the ultimate Chaco tan.


20. The Hyphy Movement.

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When “Tell Me When To Go” comes on, no true Bay Arean can keep from breaking out that Thizz face.

22. The Giants.

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And the Warriors and 49ers from time to time.

23. Being good at making change actually happen.

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Thanks, Harvey!

24. Having the most badass LGBTQ community in the world.

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Celebrating Pride is like celebrating Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa.

25. Keeping working people happy.


You can always spot a Google employee by those funny bikes they ride around on.

26. And everyone else happy, too!

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So let’s be honest, we all know the Bay is hella cool.

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