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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.


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Most popular time to visit July-September
Cheapest time to visit November-January
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Average weekend price $204 per night
Average weekday price $209 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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So much to see and do.

March 19, 2019

So much to see and do. We walked from pier 39 to little Italy, all the way to golden gate bridge in one day. stopping at sights and restaurants in between. Even with the little bit of rain it was beautiful out. def pack a jacket/windbreaker. We underestimated how chilly it would be on the waterfront.

stephanie United States of America

Great city with lots of things to do.

March 19, 2019

Great city with lots of things to do. This time we went to the zoo (great for kids), to Sausolito (over Golden Gate Bridge, kind of little Italian tourist village) and Marin Headlands (absolute fantastic views on San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean on the other side).

Anke United States of America

Where does one begin, from the amazing food at...

March 19, 2019

Where does one begin, from the amazing food at Fisherman's Wharf, riding the cable cars around town, China town, it was all a great experience for me and the family. Be ready to spend a lot of money on parking, food and hotel stay. Definitely worth it for our family though, we had to save up for a while and now have the photos to show for it, and memories.

Anonymous United States of America

I left two days early.

March 17, 2019

I left two days early. I read about the homeless issue and not having toilets but it really is an issue. The only place with a restroom is Starbucks. You will be walking A LOT and we’re taking hills with a 5% grade. I did okay but the person I was with 1) had trouble with the hills 2) couldn’t find places to smoke, and finally, driving is impossible and extremely expensive. It cost me $66 to park for two days.

Anonymous United States of America

Looooove it!

March 17, 2019

Looooove it! My 3rd time here and it gets better every time. I love the variety of food and shopping. Oh my gosh... the fashion! There is plenty of transportation but you can walk faster than the bus or streetcar when traffic is busy. Just wear comfy shoes and be ready for the hills! If flying, take an Uber or Lyft. You can use the train but will be walking through the city with your Luggage. One more thing, don’t come here Looking for seafood. In my opinion, the seafood stands at the wharf do not have the greatest food and the sit down seafood restaurants are just crazy expensive. We did have a decent meal at Freddie’s and The Chowder Hut both near Pier 41. Also visit Musée Mécanique, an antique coin operated Game Center. Fun for all ages.

Amy United States of America

For two adults, it was easy to see everything we wanted to...

March 16, 2019

For two adults, it was easy to see everything we wanted to see in two days. The city was not as clean as New York, but it was nice to visit. The food was great here. Make sure to go to Bob’s Donuts, Golden Gate Bakery, Sushirrito, and Tacorea. They were all really good. It’s an easy city to walk. Most things are a 20 minute walk from each other. We rented bikes one day from Basically Free Bike Rental in Fisherman’s Wharf, and we bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and then down into Sausalito. We took the ferry back. It was a fun activity, but I would not take kids because you are driving in the road for part of the trip. We used an Uber twice and they were about $15 for a 20’minute drive instead of an hour walk.

Carolyn United States of America

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