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San Francisco, CA
Travel Guide

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 ¥13,506 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
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! (2,746 reviews)
"The elevators are horrible . You waiting time could be 5 minutes and more . The women sighs in the night around rooms are pretty good for whom loved erotic movie . The room insolation is very bad . You can hear any sound from your neighbors"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥19,163 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 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! (2,232 reviews)
"Staff was AWESOME! Very friendly, knowledgeable about the area and willing to help. My only complaint is that I wish the room had more natural light."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is ¥15,601 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,581 reviews)
"We loved our stay at the Riu!! Check-in was fast and efficient, our room was clean and had a great set up with a fridge and small couch. Beds and pillows were comfortable. The seating areas outside with fireplaces were so fun to sit and chat! The location was phenomenal! A block and a half from Pier ..."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
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.
HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
3 out of 5
400 Concourse Dr, Belmont, CA
The price is ¥14,217 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,102 reviews)
Modern and homey
"Nice place to stay. Carpets could have been cleaner, otherwise not bad at all. Linens were fresh and bathroom clean. Kitchen was very convenient."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
@ 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! (2 reviews)
Unit C was very comfortable.
"It was very clean and organized. Utensils were already provided along with a coffee maker. Netflix and Amazon Prime were free and they had a single burner which allowed for me to cook. Overall, it was very comfortable and at a good location."

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

@ Marbella Lane Duplex Redwood City
Renovated North Beach Apartment With Spectacular Roof Deck SF Rental STR-0000727
Renovated North Beach Apartment With Spectacular Roof Deck SF Rental STR-0000727
San Francisco, CA
Located in North Beach, this historic apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of USS Pampanito, Lombard Street, and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Coit ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (33 reviews)
The perfect north beach vacation
"Ralphs place was the perfect spot to host my family while they visited me here in the city. We loved hanging out on the rooftop deck and being able to walk pretty much everywhere. The immediate neighborhood is nice and low-key, with great access to food and fun. And Ralph is super nice and communicative! ..."

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

Renovated North Beach Apartment With Spectacular Roof Deck SF Rental STR-0000727
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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