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San Francisco

Tony Bennett famously left his heart here – and so will you. This city knows how to win your affections and keep you faithful to the last.

Everyone has a favourite picture of San Francisco. Historic trams, known locally as cable cars, rattling up impossibly steep hills; the iconic pillars of the Golden Gate Bridge rising romantically through the mist; hedonistic hippies preaching peace and love in Golden Gate Park; flamboyant street entertainers strutting their stuff along the Embarcadero … the list goes on.

This historic metropolis situated between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean is famously tourist-friendly. Its multicultural heritage and laid-back vibe makes visitors feel immediately at home. Whether you’re heading for the shopping nirvana of Union Square or soaking up the sunshine on Baker Beach, learning about American art in the de Young Museum or making friends with the sea lions on Pier 39, San Francisco will worm its way into your heart.

Take a trip across the bay to fashionable Sausalito, where the bohemian legacy of the artists’ community that thrived here in the 1950s and 1960s lives on in the gaily painted houseboats. Another popular ferry trip will deliver you to Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious maximum security prison where America’s most dangerous criminals were incarcerated. Tour the prison cells of murders and gangsters and feel the claustrophobia of the exercise yard with its tantalising views of the city across the bay.

Back on the mainland, celebrate your freedom with a feast of freshly caught seafood in one of the upmarket restaurants on Fisherman’s Wharf. This historic area, once the hub of the local fishing industry, is still proud of its heritage. Wander along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building, a famous local landmark dating from the Spanish Colonial era, where the farmers’ market sells home-grown fruit and vegetables and freshly baked bread and cakes.

San Francisco has an unpredictable climate thanks to its proximity to the ocean. It can be scorching hot one minute and blowing a chill wind the next. September to November is usually pleasantly sunny, and winter is a good time to enjoy the superb cultural facilities and benefit from cheaper accommodation. At festival times the city is particularly busy, especially during the famous Pride Celebration and Parade in June, one of the largest events of its kind in the US.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Union Square which includes a skyscraper and a city

Union Square

4/5Very Good!(287 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafes and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Union Square. Check out top attractions like SHN Curran Theatre and Westfield San Francisco Centre, and jump on the metro at Powell St & Geary Blvd Stop or Powell St & Post St Stop to see more of the city.

Union Square
Fisherman’s Wharf which includes a city and a marina

Fisherman's Wharf

5/5Exceptional!(4 area reviews)

Travellers love Fisherman's Wharf for its popular shops, and you can see more of San Francisco by jumping on the metro at Jones St and Beach St Stop or Jefferson St & Taylor St Stop. You might spend time checking out top sights like Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39.

Fisherman's Wharf
Nob Hill showing a city and street scenes

Nob Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(78 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants Chinatown and top sights from Van Ness Avenue to Grace Cathedral – discover Nob Hill, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Nob Hill
North Beach which includes a city and skyline

North Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(129 area reviews)

Travellers love North Beach for its popular shops, and you can see more of San Francisco by jumping on the metro at The Embarcadero & Bay St Stop or Beach St & Stockton St Stop. You might spend time checking out top sights like Pier 39 and Exploratorium.

North Beach
Civic Center

Civic Center

Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Civic Center. Top attractions like San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center Plaza are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Market St & Van Ness Ave Stop or Van Ness Station to see more of the city.

Civic Center
South of Market which includes cbd, a city and skyline

South of Market

3.5/5Good!(113 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants great entertainment and top sights from Oracle Park to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art – discover South of Market, a destination also famous for its shopping.

South of Market

Top hotels in San Francisco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
150 Anza Blvd, Burlingame, CA
The price is €161 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Crystal Springs Golf Course, and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Mateo County Event Center and Cow ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,280 reviews)

"It was a good stay. Close to the water so I saw a lot of people walking around the property."…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Park Pointe Hotel
Park Pointe Hotel
2 out of 5
245 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
The price is €56 per night

Located in The East Side, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from The Shops at Tanforan, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Oracle Park and San Francisco Museum of Modern ...

3.2/5 (1,202 reviews)

"Nothing unique; many many many many motels like this."…"

Reviewed on 6 May 2020

Park Pointe Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
The price is €136 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Lombard Street ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,218 reviews)

"The service desk was so rude and denied to give us the free"…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Popular places to visit in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(362 reviews)

Walk across one of the most photogenic bridges in the world for unrivalled views from both sides.

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4/5(364 reviews)

Sea lions are the star attraction at one of the liveliest piers on San Francisco’s historic waterfront.

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Island

5/5(247 reviews)

For three decades, desperate inmates dreamed of escaping this notorious prison; today’s fortunate visitors can come and go as they please!

Top things to do in San Francisco

Alcatraz Ticket with Roundtrip Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off
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Alcatraz Ticket with Roundtrip Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off

84% of travellers recommend
€136
Per adult
San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
€50
Per adult
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

100% of travellers recommend
€23
Per adult
Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island
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Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island

78% of travellers recommend
€39
Per adult
Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass

88% of travellers recommend
€71
Per adult
Bridge 2 Bridge Tour: Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge
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Bridge 2 Bridge Tour: Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge

92% of travellers recommend
€40
Per adult

Reviews of San Francisco

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
311
5 - Excellent 52.801358234295414%
4 - Good
219
4 - Good 37.18166383701188%
3 - Okay
48
3 - Okay 8.149405772495756%
2 - Disappointing
7
2 - Disappointing 1.1884550084889642%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.6791171477079796%

5/5 - Excellent

JudyFrumin

30 Mar 2020

It was great although the Corona virus had started,we were there from March 6th to 10th.It’s a fabulous place and we managed to do many things before it went into lockdown.Recommended Must do things once it opens up again.Alcatraz,SFMOMA and more

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

20 Mar 2020

Expedia sucks, worst company ever.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

Very nice City worth for visiting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

LIKE 4 TIMES BIGGER BRIGHTON IN UK! LOVED MARINA AREA! AND NORTH SANFRANCISCO

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

The main tourist areas are good to see. We won’t return though. We saw a lot of drug taking on the streets (injecting heroine and crack pipes). Many groups of men hanging around on corners asking for money. Very frightening and intimidating.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Nice - but lots of homeless people

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