San Francisco

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San Francisco showing a bay or harbour and a bridge
The city with a beautiful bay, famous red bridge and infamous fog welcomes you to enjoy art, history, shopping and outdoor activities.

San Francisco is simultaneously romantic, exciting, relaxing and intriguing. Rent a bike, walk, ride the trolley or drive to fascinating destinations. Tour San Francisco Bay by boat for unique views from beneath Golden Gate Bridge. Stop at Alcatraz Island its former inescapable prison became famous in the film Birdman of Alcatraz.

At the bridge’s southern end is the Presidio, a former military base, now a large park with hiking trails, great bridge and shoreline views, Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, Baker Beach, the Walt Disney Family Museum and a life-size Yoda statue.

Entering the Marina District, attend a performance at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Travel east to the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood for shopping and dining. Enjoy a chocolate sundae at Ghirardelli, a local favorite for over 150 years. Visit the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park to see ships that sailed more than a century ago. Watch sea lions lounging on rafts near Pier 39. Continue on to the Embarcadero District. The Exploratorium at Pier 15 features interactive exhibits intertwining science, art and human perception. See the Giants play football at AT&T Park in South Beach.

Inland, shop at Union Square, drive down the very crooked Lombard Street and photograph the Painted Ladies Victorian row houses. Stand at the Haight-Ashbury corner, in the neighborhood where hippie counterculture developed in the 1960s.

Enter the Golden Gate Park to visit de Young Museum, filled with art, costumes and textiles. Explore botanical gardens, play golf or tennis, photograph the Japanese Tea Garden and wade in the Pacific Ocean.

Travel north to tall redwoods in Muir Woods, wineries in Napa and Sonoma and quaint shops in Sausalito. On a foggy day, stand atop Vista Point in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at the bridge’s northern end and gaze south across the clouds to see Sutro Tower rising from Twin Peaks, with the rest of the city hidden. When the fog clears, San Francisco’s skyline is a gleaming gem at the end of the golden bridge.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is €229 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (4,025 reviews)
"The hotel was nice. It had a great breakfast. We were close to public transportation and attractions. When we checked I they provided a map of warf/area and told us what good things to do and areas to avoid. Staff was friendly and helpful! Would stay again."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
4.5 out of 5
335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is €241 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,043 reviews)
"Staff was amazing! The room was clean and the view was great, will definitely return"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94109
The price is €241 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,604 reviews)
"Super convenient, good parking, good onsite food including hot meals to order, awesome beds and view; quiet."

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Bruno. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,049 reviews)
Great staff!
"Large rooms, great customer service, and location was only a 5 min walk to the BART station to get into downtown. Quick and easy."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2022

A pretty⛳️golf course view privateroom+convenient location, clean,safe and quiet
A pretty⛳️golf course view privateroom+convenient location, clean,safe and quiet
Daly City, CA
Stay at this business-friendly holiday home in Daly City. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Golden Gate Park and Serramonte Center ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
An Amazing Stay and Host!
"Not only was the family that lived there really nice and know a lot about the area. There were many things I loved about this spot. The parking on the street was nice, the neighborhood is very quiet, and it's not far from BART if you just want to commute downtown or East Bay for work or just travel. ..."

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Sonder Hayes Valley
Sonder Hayes Valley
3.5 out of 5
135 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, concierge services and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Pier 39 and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (21 reviews)
"No AC was a bummer"

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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