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San Francisco

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San Francisco showing a bridge and a bay or harbour

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 CA $148 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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! (2,938 reviews)
"Very clean, updated, comfortable and nice view. No free parking, paid extra $40 for parking. No pool or hot tub. No fan in the bathroom. Location is around homeless community."

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 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 CA $218 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
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! (2,276 reviews)
"My room was lovely with a very modern,pretty bathroom. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, especially giving me directions to the places I wanted to visit."

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 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 CA $177 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
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! (2,832 reviews)
"The staff was so friendly and helpful and gave recommendations for the best places to see and restaurants to try. Such great people in a beautiful city. I'll definitely be back!"

Reviewed on Jul. 25, 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 CA $187 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
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! (1,124 reviews)
"I liked the bed it was very controllable and comfy. The only thing i didn't like was the rug, it was very stain and black."

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2021

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
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 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Great California Adventure!
"The location was a perfect walk to so many attractions! The roof top deck was a perfect spot for us to unwind after the day's adventures! Thanks for providing the perfect home away from home."

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2021

Renovated North Beach Apartment With Spectacular Roof Deck SF Rental STR-0000727
2 Bedroom 1 Bath Near Bart w/1 Parking
2 Bedroom 1 Bath Near Bart w/1 Parking
Daly City, CA
The price is CA $220 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated in Daly City, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Francisco State University, Cow Palace, and Ocean Beach. City College of San Francisco ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Staycation
"My boyfriend and I work a lot throughout the week and needed a staycation away to rejuvenate ourselves and relax. Let me say, we definitely got the experience we were looking for. The host was very communicative and responsive. Answered any questions asked. The place was very clean supplied with ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 14, 2021

2 Bedroom 1 Bath Near Bart w/1 Parking
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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