San Francisco Vacations

Simply put, San Francisco is one of the top travel destinations on the planet. The clanging cable cars, Victorian row houses, quirky neighborhoods and gorgeous waterfront make this city by the bay many people's favorite. One of the best ways to experience San Francisco is to live like a local for a day. Rent a bike and head into Golden Gate Park. ... Read more
Drop by to stroll around the Japanese Tea Garden or visit the California Academy of Sciences (this being San Francisco: the world's greenest museum, with a 'living' roof). Cruise over to the Ferry Building and slurp down organic oysters, and munching local cheese and sustainably grown fruit for lunch before catching a ferry to Sausalito, Tiburon or Alcatraz (even locals love 'The Rock') for a quick jaunt. After eating yet another local, sustainable meal (think heirloom tomato salad, duck confit, truffle risotto) for dinner at any one of SF's eighty gazillion neighborhood restaurants, find a late-night cafe and talk politics, take a streetcar to AT&T Park for a Giants baseball game, check out an indie band or just pick a neighborhood and explore.

San Francisco places to stay and top hotels

San Francisco things to do and experiences

  • Golden Gate Bridge
    Sights and Museums, Bridge, Popular
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  • Alcatraz Island
    Sights and Museums, Tours, Classes and Rentals, Outdoors, Historic Site, Popular
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Sights and Museums, Neighborhood, Popular
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  • Pier 39
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Bring a jacket to San Francisco. Especially in summer. The heavy fog rolls in around 3 or 4pm and can make temperatures drop to bone-chilling levels. Temperatures during the rest of the year are mild, and ... Read more
September - November are the sunniest time to visit, it's still cold at night but pleasant during the day. Spring is a close second-best time to go; winter can get damp and rainy, so, while it's no monsoon season, bring an umbrella and waterproof shoes.

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Top San Francisco restaurants

  • The Slanted Door
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  • Bi-Rite Creamery
    Ice Cream and Desserts, Bakery
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  • Foreign Cinema
    American, Mediterranean, Californian
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  • Delfina
    Italian, Pizza
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San Francisco reviews & trip reports

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    Green Travelers
  • 6.7
    Family Travelers
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    Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Los Angeles, California, USA

SF is just one of the best cities out there! Most expensive too, since everyone wants to be there. From sea lions to Chinatown, Golden Gate Park to hundreds of amazing restaurants, there's no shortage of things to here! It's a very walkable city with great public transportation. If you haven't been, go!

Recommended for:FoodiesLGBTQVegetarianTrendsters

Perfect quiet town, super easy to get around with breathtaking views. Weather is quite unpredictable though.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

One of my favorite cities in the world! Many beautiful views of the ocean and lots of great seafood.

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A typical view in San Francisco: a Go Car, down the street to Alcatraz in the distance.

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Burbank, California, USA

Loved the city but was quite impressed with Chinatown and loved the food and the shopping.

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Milan, Italy

San Francisco was my favorite American city before the Silicon Valley boom. Now? Unfortunately it's out of my budget, but virtually we are all living here

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Austin, Texas, USA

I really enjoyed traveling to San Francisco!! Everyone was so nice and the food was fantastic!

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA

Awesome city, really enjoyed my time there. So much to do! Will come back for sure!

Los Angeles, California, USA

Without getting into a discussion concerning the relative merits of Los Angeles and San Francisco let's just say this is one of the cities that makes California a great place to live.

Recommended for:History BuffsBusiness TravelersFamily TravelersFoodies
New York City

Wonderful city to visit! Got to come for a work conference, then stayed for a long weekend. Definitely check out the Ferry Building, take a ride to Sausalito, and see Fisherman's Wharf!

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