San Francisco

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San Francisco showing a bridge and a bay or harbour
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 CA $204 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,359 reviews)
"This is a really nice hotel to stay at that isn't too far from Chinatown, North Beach, or Union Square. I've stayed here twice and both times the room was clean and the staff friendly. The building is busy with plenty of visitors. Thankfully the elevator moves pretty quickly. You have to be okay ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 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 CA $242 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
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! (2,048 reviews)
"Very nice hotel with confortable beds. Friendly and helpful staff, they will unconditionally solve your needs. Great location for shopping, walk around close to many good restaurants. Will use again A"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 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
The price is CA $243 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,120 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 Aug. 5, 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.
Sonder Hayes Valley
Sonder Hayes Valley
3.5 out of 5
135 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102
The price is CA $224 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
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 Sep. 4, 2021

Sonder Hayes Valley
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 CA $256 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
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! (1,027 reviews)
Worked well for our family trip
"Hotel room was ready early and I was grateful, as we were traveling with 4 kids. They got our room ready for us and were prompt and friendly for every request. Our room was clean and had good space for our family."

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno
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, onsite 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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