Escape to Bay Area! Enjoy its sports, food, and entertainment.

Stride out across the Golden Gate Bridge, which crosses the entrance to San Francisco Bay and gaze out across the Bay Area stretching out in front of you. The artistic, energetic city of San Francisco is just one of the many attractions of this region, which encompasses other trendy cities and breathtaking natural wonders.

Follow the story of the region in the Oakland Museum of California, a multifaceted museum that charts the history of the Golden State from its Native American communities to 21st-century technological innovation. The museum also contains galleries dedicated to art and natural history.

Start your journey through the Bay Area in San Francisco, a city of world-famous landmarks and lesser-known delights. Bring your camera for photos of the winding roads of Lombard Street, the haunting prison tour on Alcatraz Island and the barking sea lions of Fisherman’s Wharf.

Beyond these popular spots, however, ‘Frisco promises even more to see. City Lights Bookstore is famed for its connection to beat poetry, while the collection in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is broad and exciting. Hop between countless museums and stroll through botanic gardens in Golden Gate Park. Lose the crowds on the windswept bluffs of the Presidio.

The East Bay is the home of legendary educational establishments. Wander around the campus of the famously progressive Berkeley University or visit the museums at the University of Richmond.

Tour the prestigious vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Sip on acclaimed vintages in famous destinations such as To Kalon Vineyard and Chateau Montelena Winery.

Stand in awe of the redwoods of the Muir Woods in Marin County, which is located on the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge. The county also features Mount Tamalpais State Park, a popular destination for hiking and views of the city.

Busy international airports in San Jose and San Francisco make the Bay Area easily accessible from around the U.S. and beyond. The fall months between September and November offer warm temperatures and fewer crowds in the region’s more famous attractions.

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Shopping, Dining and Museums

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Where to stay in Bay Area

Union Square
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Union Square

Shopping, Urban, Dining

Fashion puts on its finest face in one of the country’s largest shopping plazas.

Fisherman's Wharf
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Fisherman's Wharf

Tours, Dining, Shopping

This waterfront neighborhood dates back to the gold rush era and is a hub for tourist activities, sea lions and seafood restaurants.

Downtown San Francisco
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Downtown San Francisco

Architecture, Urban, Museums

Known for its fascinating museums, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Downtown San Francisco. Top attractions like San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Westfield San Francisco Centre are major draws. Catch the metro at Powell St. Station or Montgomery St. Station to see more of the city.

Financial District
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Financial District

Architecture, Shopping, Urban

Mingle with businesspeople in the excellent bars and restaurants of this neighborhood where there is a large concentration of corporate headquarters.

Nob Hill
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Nob Hill

Dining, Cathedrals, Urban

Examine architecturally significant buildings, visit the Cable Car Museum and enjoy magnificent views of greater San Francisco in this affluent district.

North Beach
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North Beach

Tours, Dining, Walking

Better known as Little Italy, this neighborhood was once a hotspot for counterculture and features an array of bars, jazz clubs, galleries and cafés.

Top Hotels in Bay Area

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Zephyr
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
$179/night
Aug 23 - Aug 24
4.1/5Very Good! (4,426 reviews)

Located in North Beach, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, and Aquarium of ...

4.1/5Very Good! (4,426 reviews)

"Location is great and the staff was very kind and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Hotel Zephyr
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Hotel Spero
4 out of 5
405 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
$158/night
Aug 29 - Aug 30
4.3/5Excellent! (1,269 reviews)

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,269 reviews)

"Jaspers was excellent for breakfast. Very clean and all products were eco friendly."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Hotel Spero
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Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
$161/night
Aug 29 - Aug 30
3.9/5Good! (5,105 reviews)

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Fishermans Wharf Cable Car Turnaround. Ghirardelli Square ...

3.9/5Good! (5,105 reviews)

"Great location. Hotel ticked all the boxes including nice pool. Parking a bit expensive but I guess you pay for location."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

Popular things to do in Bay Area

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

Cars trundle across it and ships sail under it, but the best way to experience this iconic bridge is on foot. 

Pier 39
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Pier 39

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Island

Escape to “The Rock,” home of the infamous and abandoned island prison, and discover how it earned a reputation as a cold and unforgiving place.

Winchester Mystery House
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Winchester Mystery House

Wonder about the alleged hauntings and other mysteries as you chart the life of a gun magnate’s widow in this unfinished manor.

Lombard Street
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Lombard Street

Lombard Street is a well-known landmark worth seeing in San Francisco. Discover the beautiful sunsets and shops in this vibrant area.

Palace of Fine Arts
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Palace of Fine Arts

This Roman-inspired palace built in 1915 remains a modern-day renaissance center of fine arts and science. 

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