2.1 miles from downtown
Bookstores, bicycles and street art galore! Nothing embodies the ever-changing aura of SF like Mission. As multicultural as it gets, find mouthwatering tacos next to tropical fruit stalls, and cones of artisanal ice cream (hey there, Bi-Rite). Rent a bike and ride from hip Valencia to Dolores Park, where many a sun-kissed afternoon can be spent.
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Downtown San Francisco
The hustle doesn’t quit downtown. From the early hours through midnight and on, this district is alive and kicking. Whether it’s the morning bustle of business commuters, the afternoon energy of urbanites or night owls flocking to the clubs, you'll get swept away by the true city feel. You can shop and eat on every corner and take the trolley to any area.
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0.4 miles from downtown
The oldest Chinatown in North America—and the largest Chinese community in the US—blends tradition with tourism. Look around and see what you find. Indulge in dim sum, shop exotic balms, and inspect the live chickens. Stop to smell the Chinese five spices (fennel, cloves and ginger anyone?), and let the chaos of Stockton Street envelope you.
Places to stay from $51 a night
1.4 miles from downtown
You’ll have plenty of company as you pick through the sights and sounds of the family-friendly Fisherman’s Wharf. Street performers, eclectic cafes and bowls of chowder all fight for your attention. The sea lions of Pier 39 are an all-ages affair, as is the Maritime Historical Park at Hyde Pier. Ferry your way across to the notorious Alcatraz prison.
Places to stay from $76 a night
0.4 miles from downtown
Ride a cable car to Nob Hill, where Bay views are endless. Victorian houses, designer boutiques and organic bakeries set the tone. The “Painted Ladies” and Gothic Grace Cathedral bring architectural charm from the past. Regardless of its hilltop heights, this neighborhood feels a cut above the rest.
Places to stay from $58 a night
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.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||December-February|
|Average weekend price||$157 per night|
|Average weekday price||$149 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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