On July 17, 2014, Santa Clara sprung into the minds of football fans everywhere when the home base for the San Francisco 49ers relocated to Levis Stadium from Candlestick Park. Today, visitors are flocking to the city not only to check out the state-of-the-art stadium but also to enjoy the many other attractions the destination has to offer.
Affectionately known as the "live music capital of the world," Austin is filled with much more than crooning hipsters. Spawning more than its fair share of tech lodestars, transforming this quirky city on the banks of the Colorado River into a start-up scene nicknamed Silicon Hills, there's also design-savvy shopping and craft cocktails to keep you entertained, plus pounds of barbecue to stuff into your mouth.
It's been a particularly star-spangled year, with solar and lunar eclipses, a new comet, and an abundance of northern lights. Following last month's double planets (which will occur again later this year), our solar system is delivering a plethora of astronomical events for photographers and stargazers. Mark on your calendars with these can't-miss celestial dates.
Despite San Francisco's rapidly changing landscape, Nob Hill has managed to keep its luxurious and majestic character centuries after the first California barons built their colossal mansions overlooking the bay.