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San Francisco buzzes with an energy that guarantees everyone a good time. From hip neighborhoods and historic buildings to beautiful beaches and pristine parks, The Golden City is full of things to do and see.

Start with a shopping spree in Union Square, where luxury boutiques line wide streets and vintage cable cars continue rumbling. Then head over to nearby Chinatown – eight blocks packed with sights for a fun-filled afternoon.

The Embarcadero runs along the waterfront between Bay Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, and is famous for landmarks like Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, with its great restaurants and food stalls. Boats depart from this scenic boulevard to Alcatraz Island, just over a mile off the coast. This former federal prison was once home to notorious inmates like Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud. You can hear stories about their lives, crimes, and escapes on an audio-guided tour of the island.

Back in the Bay Area, the Golden Gate Bridge dominates the landscape. Whether crossing in a car, on a bike or by foot, the natural beauty on the other side is well worth the trek. Muir Woods is an isolated canyon full of ancient redwood trees, and the seaside town of Sausalito offers charming boutiques and sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.

Tonight

From $74 per night

This weekend

From $147 per night

Next weekend

From $144 per night

Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit December-February
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Average weekend price $157 per night
Average weekday price $149 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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San Francisco reviews

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8.0

San Francisco was awesome and I would recommend visiting the...

June 11, 2021

San Francisco was awesome and I would recommend visiting the city to everyone. The stay at the Warwick was shady and not very welcoming. I would not recommend staying there because they changed the rules once you are booked.

Davis
Davis United States of America
8.0

Our favorite Chinese restaurant was not open for dine-in and...

June 10, 2021

Our favorite Chinese restaurant was not open for dine-in and had limited take out menu selection, so that was disappointing. Many other restaurants created outdoor dining at curbside which was great. Due to the pandemic, it was sad to see restaurant and retail shops closed.

Marie
Marie United States of America
8.0

Briefly, though the locals decry the loss of funky San...

June 10, 2021

Briefly, though the locals decry the loss of funky San Francisco to the evil tech people, gentrification, and absurd living costs, I found it more stimulating and alive than it was 7 or 8 years ago during my last visit. Eating Dim Sum in Chinatown and the brief walk to City Lights Bookstore was a highlight.

Frisch
Frisch
10

Very unique and beautiful streets uphill and downhill.

June 9, 2021

Very unique and beautiful streets uphill and downhill. Fantastic views everywhere. Picturesque. Too bad cable cars not running due to COVID 19 - will have to return for the cable cars and more sourdough bread from Boudin.

Juan
Juan United States of America
8.0

The weather was surprisingly good the entire time I was...

May 31, 2021

The weather was surprisingly good the entire time I was there. People were friendly and staying safe. The homeless and addicted population is vert sad. Unfortunately the cable cars were not running due to the pandemic.

Susan
Susan United States of America
10

San Francisco is so diverse that you feel you’re in such a...

May 29, 2021

San Francisco is so diverse that you feel you’re in such a welcoming community. It is vibrant not just in diversity but in attitudes, openness, acceptance, compassion and kindness. I love it’s energy, love of art, music, wonderful food, and compassion. I wish San Francisco could be the prototype for our communities throughout the US. What a peaceful, exemplary country we would be.

Anna
Anna United States of America

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