San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco which includes a bay or harbor and a bridge

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

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥12,132 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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 ...
3.8/5Good! (3,106 reviews)
"We loved this property because it's had amazing views and a totally awesome location, right in Chinatown! It even has a cultural museum, so you can know the history of the area. We were in walking distance to coit tower, the pier, countless restaurants, and other modes of transportation just in case ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
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
The price is ¥18,760 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westfield San Francisco Centre, Warfield Theater, and Grace Cathedral. San ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,845 reviews)
"was clean, staff friendly..no issues"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥20,192 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Ferry Building, and Oracle Park. Chase Center and Pier 39 are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,298 reviews)
"Very clean, the staff was very professional, and the property itself is great with very good and comfortable rooms."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
3 out of 5
550 Gateway Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥12,225 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in The East Side, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from South San Francisco Convention Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cow Palace and Millbrae Square ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (263 reviews)
"Surrounded by several convinced stores and easy parking."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport North, CA
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA
The price is ¥15,782 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Pacifica State Beach, and Pacifica Pier. Ocean ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (808 reviews)
"Overall our stay was pleasant, however our room seemed clean as an overview but we did find dirty sheets and previous guest items like a child’s toy puzzle piece. One of my teens slept on the pull out bed but was bitten on his legs, I don’t presume bed bugs but definitely a flea like bite. At check ..."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco - Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Belmont
Homewood Suites by Hilton Belmont
3 out of 5
1201 Shoreway Rd, Belmont, CA
The price is ¥12,972 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Situated in Belmont, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Elmar Beach, Marlin Park, and Hiller Aviation Museum. Laurie Meadows Park and Los Prados Park are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (122 reviews)
"We really enjoyed the suite-style room as it afforded some extra space and a kitchen. Our only problem is that each suite has an adjoining room. There was a family in the room adjoining ours and starting around 6:30 am... for hours... their young children SCREAMED in high-pitched voices. The parents ..."

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Belmont
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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