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San Francisco

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

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.

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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 AU$186 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (2,921 reviews)
"Beautiful morning views"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$275 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
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! (2,278 reviews)
"We were really looking forward to the View and we were hoping to watch the Suns game in the lobby bar. Due to ongoing COVID these amenities were only open Thursday- Saturday and our stay was from Sunday through Thursday so we missed these experiences. Other than that we found every person who worked ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 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 AU$222 per night from 18 Aug. to 18 Aug.
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! (2,814 reviews)
"The Riu is a great hotel one block from Pier 39 and within walking distance of many of San Francisco's attractions."

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 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 AU$228 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (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 12 Jul. 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 21 Jul. 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
30 Vista Grande Ave, #2, Daly City, CA
The price is AU$398 per night from 25 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Situated in Daly City, this holiday home is within 3 miles (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 14 Jun. 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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