San Francisco

San Francisco

Also known as the ``City by the Bay,`` San Francisco is diverse, colorful, and vibrant. Famous for its steep hills, colorful Victorian houses, year-round fog, beautiful panoramic vistas, and excellent cuisine, the city attracts visitors from all corners of the world due to its beauty, culture, history, and dynamic ambiance. Its eclectic mix of architecture, sandy beaches, ethnic and cultural diversity, and entertainment for all ages make San Francisco a great choice for a vacation.
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    San Francisco is a diverse destination, encompassing nature, history, art, science and some of the most beautiful scenery along the West Coast of the United States. Pop culture and old traditions are neatly packed into this one fabulous city. Wander around the distinct neighborhoods, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, ride the cable cars and explore everything San Francisco has to offer.

    Top sights in San Francisco

    Golden Gate Bridge

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    Fisherman's Wharf

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    San Francisco Bay

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    Pier 39

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    San Francisco Bay Bridge

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    North Beach, San Francisco

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    Marin Headlands

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    Union Square, San Francisco

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    Top things to do in San Francisco

    Once known as the “Paris of the West,” the gold-rush population boom made San Francisco a polycultural hub long before its Summer of Love. Here are some of the top attractions of this iconic west coast metropolis.

    Alcatraz
    Alcatraz has had a colorful history but is most famous for being the prison that once held some of the US’ most notorious gangsters, from Al Capone to Whitey Bulger.

    Golden Gate Bridge
    Standing proud between the Bay and the Pacific, the Golden Gate Bridge is considered by many to be the most beautiful bridge of the industrial age…

    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    …But the San Francisco Bay Bridge is a strong contender for that accolade when lit up at night!

    Golden Gate Park
    Inspired by New York’s Central Park, the Golden Gate Park provides a leafy respite from the city, as well as attractions like the Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden.

    Fisherman´s Wharf
    Fisherman’s Wharf is the touristic center of San Francisco. It boasts seafood restaurants that go back generations, as well as museums, parks, and its own sea lion colony!

    Painted Ladies
    The Painted Ladies are extravagant Victorian rowhouses which survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. It’s astonishing to think so much of the city once looked this way!

    Planning Your San Francisco Visit

    How many days?

    Some would say for as long as you can, so bear in mind that it’s a big and busy city with plenty to see and do. First-timers should consider spending at least a week there if possible, though even that might not be enough!

    Where to stay?

    Which of San Francisco’s neighborhoods is best for you depends on the nature of your trip. Fisherman’s Wharf will meet all the immediate needs of a fleeting visit, though Union Square is a more neutral and relaxed jumping-off point for tourists. Other neighborhoods each have their own personality so it’s worth putting in the research, but high-crime areas to avoid include Bayview, Hunter’s Point, Sunnydale, and Visitation Valley.

    How to get around?

    San Francisco has one of the world’s most unique public transport systems. As well as buses and trains, the city is mostly mobilized by its historic cable-car network. Although newer trams do operate, visitors may want to ride one of the older ones for the novelty. Be warned though, notable routes such as the F-Market & Wharves line tend to get very crowded!
    The city is also very bike-friendly,with extensive bicycle lanes and even bike lockers!”

    Good to know

    Language

    English

    Currency

    USD ($)

    Country Code

    +1

    Time Zone

    UTC (-08:00)

    Best time to visit

    Summer, Fall

    What people are saying about San Francisco

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Helpful, Courteous Staff and Extraordinary breathtaking views.
    The cruise was exceptional. The crew assisted by volunteering to take pictures at the perfect moments. My phone had died and they allowed me to charge it at the bar and then took photos on their phone and air dropped them to me at the end of the cruise. Wonderful photogenic experience. My only tip for improvement, it was hard for me to find the exact pier. Locals may know that Pier 39 is famous for the sea lions that hang out on the dock, but I was new to SanFran and didn’t know I was looking for actual living sea lions. I was standing by a statue of seals on the boardwalk and waited for 20 minutes before I realized the seal statue may not be what they had meant. I asked 3 people and called the company to find out where to be. Leave yourself plenty of time. Also, seals and sea lions are different animals, so please be more specific in describing that the boat leaves from the pier next to where the actual living sea lions sunbathing.

    San Francisco Bay: Golden Gate Bridge Catamaran Cruise reviewed by Judith

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great, personalized tour of San Francisco
    We had a great time on our tour with Mario. Even though our group was comprised of people who ran the gamut of newcomers to old hands in San Francisco, he showed us parts of the city that none of us had seen and given us great suggestions for things to do after the tour. His warm-hearted and smiling presence was a special bonus for the tour. Highly recommended!

    San Francisco Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local reviewed by Donna

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Alcatraz way cooler than expected, bus a great way to see the city!
    Our bus commentator (not on every bus) was hilarious and informative. When we were on a bus without the live person, the recorded info was great to listen to as well. Doing the combo tour let us see Alcatraz when tickets were sold out everywhere! Alcatraz was also a welcome surprise. So much cooler than anticipated. We listened to the audio and hopped back on the boat. Took about 1 hour. We were cramming our days so didn’t have much more time to spend than that, but definitely worthwhile!

    Alcatraz and Big Bus Premium 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off reviewed by Stephanie

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I definitely recommend this to family and friends.
    We had a rough start, in the beginning, trying to figure out how to use the GoCar, but San Francisco’s drivers seemed rather patient with us as we were getting our bearings, so it felt very safe. The GPS guide was fun to follow too, and we learned a lot about San Francisco’s landmarks along the way. My advice would be to go for the all-day package and start in the morning so you can have all day to spend time at all the sights for as long as you want and at your own pace.

    GPS Talking Tour Cars: San Francisco Full Day Tour reviewed by Kristoffer

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    ⭐⭐⭐ Best Hotels in San Francisco

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    Airport Transfer

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    Specify the pickup date and time and choose a payment method. After booking, you will receive an email with the voucher.

    3. The driver meets you with a nameplate at the airport

    At the right time, the driver will be waiting for you on-site. They will walk you to the car and take you to the hotel.

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