San Francisco

Travel Guide
San Francisco which includes a bay or harbour and a bridge
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

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA, 94108
The price is £117 per night from 5 Sep to 6 Sep
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,353 reviews)

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

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, 94102
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £190 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,027 reviews)
"The Westin is a beautiful building, what my husband and I did not like is our room was next to the elevator, which kept waking us up... We were not told/asked if this would have been a issue, when checking in...."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Handlery Union Square Hotel
Handlery Union Square Hotel
3.5 out of 5
351 Geary St, San Francisco, CA, 94102
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £190 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and valet parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,104 reviews)
the location is the only plus
"Meh - mattresses on beds were horrible - the floor would have been better. The lack of an onsite restaurant was annoying. The pool is wayyyyyyyy smaller than the picture portrays. The location is fantastic. The $66 a night parking for the one night we needed it out of 6 was too high. Staff was ..."

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2022

Handlery Union Square Hotel
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.
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066
The price is £143 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Bruno. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,028 reviews)
"I stay two nights though the suite is set up nicely for a much longer stay."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno
Sonder Hayes Valley
Sonder Hayes Valley
3.5 out of 5
135 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is £194 per night from 23 Aug to 24 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, concierge services and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions San Francisco ...
3.9/5 Good! (20 reviews)
Nice room
"First time using Sonder. Had some kinks with the app and check-in but other than that was very impressed. Wish the room had a fridge. Great location!"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2021

Sonder Hayes Valley
Powell Place at Nob Hill
Powell Place at Nob Hill
2.5 out of 5
730 Powell St, San Francisco, CA, 94108
Stay at this aparthotel in San Francisco. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Embarcadero Center and San Francisco Museum ...
Powell Place at Nob Hill
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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