San FranciscoUnited States of America

Streetcars rattle up and down the city famous for steep hills, hippie history and the toughest place to make a jail break.

Once the center of the counter-culture movement of the sixties, San Francisco is now one of the world’s technology powerhouses and a hub for start-up companies. Although you'll no longer find Janis Joplin or the Grateful Dead singing to sold-out crowds, the laid-back liberal atmosphere remains. Fleece jackets and tennis shoes long ago replaced suits and ties in the city’s Financial District.

San Francisco is known for its distinctive neighborhoods and tourist areas. Hitch a ride on cable car as it hauls you over the city’s steep hills to Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you can try fresh seafood or a bowl of creamy clam chowder. Browse bohemian bookshops and soak up some music history in Haight-Ashbury. Stroll through Union Square for some serious shopping, or hang onto your hat as you walk the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

The attractions here are as diverse as the weather. Experience the city’s multiculturalism in Little Italy or Japan Town. Take a walking tour of North America's largest Chinatown. Along the eastern seafront, stroll the Embarcadero, where you can dine with views over the bay or grab some fresh produce at the farmers’ market. Wander through the 1000 acres (405 hectares) of Golden Gate Park. Board a ferry for a trip to the seaside village of Sausalito. Don't forget your jacket as even on the sunniest day it gets cold out on the water.

For a change of pace, head to Pier 33 and jump on board a tour to Alcatraz Island. Listen to fascinating, personal accounts of life at one of the world’s harshest prisons or stroll the grounds and the old cellblocks. Tours are popular, so it's best to book ahead.

Weather in San Francisco can change by the hour and from one neighborhood to the next. For the best chance of consistent sunshine, visit September through November. Winter means wind and rain, but also the best deals for accommodation. The city is crowded in summer for festivals such as the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade in late June. This is one of the biggest celebrations of diversity in the country.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Downtown San Francisco featuring street scenes and a city

Downtown San Francisco

3/5(1,084 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!(5,164 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
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
Marina District featuring heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Marina District

4/5Very Good!(1,279 area reviews)

The beautiful waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Marina District. Make a stop by Palace of Fine Arts or Fort Mason while you're exploring the area.

Marina District

Top Hotels in San Francisco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
InterContinental San Francisco
InterContinental San Francisco
4.5 out of 5
888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥12,088 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Westfield ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,120 reviews)

"Excellent room and stay. The room was very clean, very quiet, very nice. The desk clerk Jose who checked me in was particularly wonderful and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

InterContinental San Francisco
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
3.5 out of 5
1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥14,756 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 Orpheum Theater ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,246 reviews)

"Upon arrival I was upgraded to a nicer room with the most breathtaking view. The bed was very comfortable, plush pillows. Parking was an arm and a leg, but meh I mean what do you expect in the city. Great customer service. Enjoyed my stay."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥8,998 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street, and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...

3.9/5Good! (3,418 reviews)

"The staff are very friendly. We had a great view of the Coit Tower and the water but the windows are dirty. The sliding door handle in the restroom is missing . The bed is not that comfortable. The sheets are coean and pillows are good. The bath towels are excellent"…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Popular places to visit in San Francisco

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(6,817 reviews)

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

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

4.5/5(7,244 reviews)

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

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Island

4.5/5(2,752 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(5,122 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(4,669 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.

Lombard Street
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Lombard Street

4.5/5(4,615 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of San Francisco when you make a stop at a top site like Lombard Street. Experience the acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in San Francisco

Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
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Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

¥12,771
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias
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Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias

¥17,241
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

¥17,064
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch
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Redwoods & Wine Country Escape to Sonoma & Napa with Optional Gourmet Lunch

¥13,909
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass

¥8,371
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour
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Private Tour: San Francisco Sightseeing - 3 Hour

¥5,396
Per adult

Reviews of San Francisco

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5897
5 - Excellent 48.02117263843648%
4 - Good
4594
4 - Good 37.41042345276873%
3 - Okay
1339
3 - Okay 10.903908794788274%
2 - Disappointing
305
2 - Disappointing 2.48371335504886%
1 - Terrible
145
1 - Terrible 1.1807817589576548%

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

I have lived here for 25 years and it’s become a filthy dirty stinky place to be I can’t wait to move away from San Francisco.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

San Francisco has beautiful things

5/5 - Excellent

Mr.NEH

Jun 2, 2020

love the city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Even though we were there during Covid and there weren’t many businesses open, we still had a wonderful stay.

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 !

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