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San FranciscoUnited States of America

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

Downtown San Francisco featuring street scenes and a city

Downtown San Francisco

3/5(1,083 area reviews)

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 Oracle Park are major draws. Catch the metro at Market St & Stockton St Stop or Market St & 4th St Stop to see more of the city.

Downtown San Francisco
Union Square which includes a high rise building and a city

Union Square

4/5Very Good!(5,160 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafés 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 showing a city and a marina

Fisherman's Wharf

4/5Very Good!(38 area reviews)

Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 are top sights in Fisherman's Wharf, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Jones St and Beach St Stop or Jefferson St & Taylor St Stop to see more sights in the area.

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

Nob Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,100 area reviews)

Travelers love Nob Hill for its popular shops, and you can see more of San Francisco by jumping on the metro at Washington St & Leavenworth St Stop or Washington St & Jones St Stop. You might spend time checking out top sights like Van Ness Avenue and Grace Cathedral.

Nob Hill
North Beach which includes skyline and a city

North Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,698 area reviews)

Pier 39 and Exploratorium are top sights in North Beach, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at The Embarcadero & Bay St Stop or Beach St & Stockton St Stop to see more sights in the area.

North Beach
Civic Center

Civic Center

2.5/5(41 area reviews)

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

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 $159 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! (3,281 reviews)

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

Reviewed on May 26, 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 $50 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 Art. ...

3.2/5 (1,202 reviews)

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

Reviewed on May 6, 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 $129 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! (2,221 reviews)

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

Reviewed on May 26, 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(7,236 reviews)

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

4.5/5(6,812 reviews)

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

4.5/5(2,750 reviews)

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.

Golden Gate Park
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Golden Gate Park

4.5/5(5,117 reviews)

This beloved park offers relaxation among trees, flowers and wildlife, right in San Francisco’s backyard. 

San Francisco Bay
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San Francisco Bay

4.5/5(4,650 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at San Francisco Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in San Francisco. Make some time to visit the shops while you're in the area.

Oracle Park
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Oracle Park

4.5/5(1,451 reviews)

Catch an event at Oracle Park during your trip to San Francisco. Take in the acclaimed art scene and beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in San Francisco

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
$55
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
$42
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
$44
Per adult
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
$150
Per adult
Catamaran Sailing Cruise on the Bay
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Catamaran Sailing Cruise on the Bay

96% of travellers recommend
$45
Per adult
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

100% of travellers recommend
$25
Per adult

Reviews of San Francisco

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5893
5 - Excellent 48.03162441926808%
4 - Good
4590
4 - Good 37.411361969190644%
3 - Okay
1337
3 - Okay 10.897383649849214%
2 - Disappointing
305
2 - Disappointing 2.4859401744233436%
1 - Terrible
144
1 - Terrible 1.173689787268726%

3/5 - Okay

Mojo

May 30, 2020

Getting harder to enjoy. COVID an issue when I was there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

I love SF !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

Shelter-in-place orders make for a very quiet

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 16, 2020

Outstanding views of the city if your adventurous and willing to climb for them. Wish the Golden Gate park was open to enjoy and take in the magnificent landmark. Didn’t know there was such a long route to actually cross the bridge.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 5, 2020

Its fine i live here

5/5 - Excellent

Samantha

May 2, 2020

I highly recommend to go on the Big Bus tours. Not only do you get wonderful and unique information about San Francisco, you also get a convenient way to get around the huge city.

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