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San FranciscoUnited States of America

A city brimming with iconic imagery and sounds, with steep hills, the sound of streetcars rattling up and down them and the infamous Alcatraz island prison.

This has to be one of the jewels California’s crown, and a magnificent destination for any visitor to enjoy, with its great food and wine, plenty for all of the family to do, and an atmosphere that can only be described as unique.

A city that is fundamentally associated with the sixties and the counter-cultural and hippie attitude that was prevalent at that time, San Francisco still has a bohemian feel about it to this day. Elsewhere, the city is now one of the world’s major centres for technology companies, with the city home to many technology start-ups.

San Francisco has a wealth of attractions. Hitch a ride on a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf, or stroll over the spectacular and iconic Golden Gate Bridge, there are many unique sights to see in San Francisco. The Fisherman’s Wharf area retains some of San Francisco’s fishing heritage, while the likes of Union Square offer world-class shopping.

Take in the bohemian atmosphere of Haight-Ashbury. Shop the big names in fashion in Union Square stroll along the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

Elsewhere in the city, culture is divers. Little Italy, Japan Town and Chinatown all offer authentic cuisine and culture usually associated with parts of Europe and East Asia. The Embarcadero area is particularly popular; here you’ll find eateries that have great views over the bay, or you can pick up some fresh produce at the farmers’ market.

Golden Gate Park is another particularly memorable feature of this city which attracts flocks of visitors every year, perfect for a day out with family. If you love nature, Muir Woods has the most staggering and awe-inspiring redwood trees. After a visit to the woods, board a ferry and head out to the seaside village of Sausalito, a charming location with a Mediterranean feel, located near the bay. Or catch a ferry out to Alcatraz Island for a tour of the world’s most notorious prison.

This only scratches the surface of the fun to be had in San Francisco. This city is full of life and contrasts. Weather in San Francisco is changeable and it always pays to pack clothing suitable for cooler days. Having said that, when the sun shines, the temperatures in the city can be as glorious as anywhere in California.

Where to stay in San Francisco

Top hotels 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 AU$146 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

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! (2,220 reviews)

"What i didnt like is the parking too expensive it shld be free to customers"…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
The Park Central San Francisco
The Park Central San Francisco
4 out of 5
50 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$174 per night from 13 Dec. to 14 Dec.

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Moscone Convention Center. Westfield San Francisco ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,297 reviews)

"It’s convenient near the BART & easy to find things"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

The Park Central San Francisco
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 AU$132 per night from 3 Jan. to 4 Jan.

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! (2,263 reviews)

"I love the location of the hotel and it was a cozy stay"…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2020

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.

Holiday Rentals in San Francisco

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
3 out of 5
400 Concourse Dr, Belmont, CA
The price is AU$134 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Situated in Belmont, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Los Prados Park, Marlin Park and Hiller Aviation Museum. Laurie Meadows Park and Casanova Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,040 reviews)

"Overall the place is nice. Very quiet neighbourhood."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov. 2020

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport
Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport
3 out of 5
1350 Huntington Ave, San Bruno, CA
The price is AU$226 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from South San Francisco Convention Center and within 9 miles (15 km) of San Francisco State University ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (650 reviews)

"I stayed out in San Bruno for a week with my children. The hotel staff was friendly and the rooms were nicely kept and beautiful. We felt so at home we were a little sad to leave. We will definitely be staying with Staybridge for our next family vacation!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2020

Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport
@ Marbella Lane - Eco Friendly Treehouse, SFO
@ Marbella Lane - Eco Friendly Treehouse, SFO
3 out of 5
260 Annis Rd, Brisbane, Brisbane, CA

Situated near the bay, this holiday home is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cow Palace and within 6 miles (10 km) of South San Francisco Convention Center and City College ...

4.4/5Excellent! (14 reviews)

"Nice. Easy to locate and easy access to the surrounding area. No coffee for the Kurig"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

@ Marbella Lane - Eco Friendly Treehouse, SFO
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.

Popular places to visit in San Francisco

Top activities in San Francisco

Reviews of San Francisco

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Mar. 2020

Due to the virus many places were closed but will be coming back to visit the restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb. 2020

Great city and public transportation is easy to use to get around

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Feb. 2020

Lots to see especially tourist spot n plenty of restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Laurie

20 Feb. 2020

So colourful, so much to do and see, Three days is not enough. The three day cable car/tram/bus Passport is great value and much better than the Hop on Hop Off bus..

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Feb. 2020

Busy place and expensive, but a jewel of a city!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

STAY AWAY FROM TENDERLOIN AND UNION SQUARE ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT!! Those places are full of crackheads that will rob you. The cable car was cool but it’s over priced and the staff are rude and aggressive.

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