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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.

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, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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

InterContinental San Francisco
InterContinental San Francisco
4.5 out of 5
888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥13,191 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,114 reviews)

"The hotel is very nice and well appointed. It is somewhat difficult to travel still because of the pandemic. Not the hotel’s fault, but things are just more difficult than they used to be."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

InterContinental San Francisco
SFO Airport Hotel, El Rancho Inn BW Signature Collection
SFO Airport Hotel, El Rancho Inn BW Signature Collection
3 out of 5
1100 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA
The price is ¥6,293 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10

Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Millbrae Square Shopping Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Artichoke Joe's Casino and The Shops ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,326 reviews)

"Overall good stays, a lot open parking, staff could be a bit more friendly"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

SFO Airport Hotel, El Rancho Inn BW Signature Collection
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥12,458 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

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! (2,118 reviews)

"Great customer service and wonderful location! Safe parking and beautiful hotel! New favorite place!❤️"…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
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.

Vacation Rentals in San Francisco

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
3 out of 5
400 Concourse Dr, Belmont, CA
The price is ¥10,574 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Situated in Belmont, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Los Prados Park, Marlin Park, and Hiller Aviation Museum. Laurie Meadows Park and Casanova Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,025 reviews)

"I liked that the kitchen actually had supplies you can use ie pots and pans, knives, forks, etc. what I didn’t like was how high the hold on our card was, even though I appreciate the desk representative getting it down a little bit, it was still very expensive."…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport
Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA
The price is ¥20,983 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from South San Francisco Convention Center and within 9 mi (15 km) of San Francisco State University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (646 reviews)

"I stayed out in San Bruno for a week with my children. The hotel staff was friendly and the rooms were nicely kept and beautiful. We felt so at home we were a little sad to leave. We will definitely be staying with Staybridge for our next family vacation!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport
@ Marbella Lane Duplex Redwood City
@ Marbella Lane Duplex Redwood City
3.5 out of 5
119 Redwood Ave, Redwood City, CA

Situated in Redwood City, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Woodside Central Shopping Center and Fox Theatre. Menlo College is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Place was very well kept. Very clean. Only thing I would suggest is providing more towels if someone is staying a week. And also checking the toilet paper. The spare one is kept under the bathroom sink and it looked like some how it got wet and started getting moldy."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

@ Marbella Lane Duplex Redwood City
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.

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 theater scene and fascinating museums 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

¥5,876
Per adult
82% 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

¥8,333
Per adult
88% 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

¥19,765
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias
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Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias

¥20,192
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco
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Napa Valley & Sonoma - Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

¥13,782
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

¥1,603
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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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