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San Francisco

A city made for love, not walking – San Francisco is known for its great counter-cultural history and incredibly steep hills.

Conjuring up images of peace signs, psychedelic rock music and hippies with flowers in their hair, the San Francisco of today is all that – and now even more.

With such a rich history, the hippy dream is still alive and well in San Francisco but it has been somewhat replaced by the city’s growing reputation as a global technology and innovation powerhouse. Indeed, a tie-dyed shirt would look positively out of place in the city’s financial district! This said, the new San Francisco remains one of America’s most liberal and progressive cities and retains every bit of the laid back Californian atmosphere it’s so well known for.

Given the city’s remarkably steep hills, the San Francisco cable car system is a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive way to get about. Of course, it can be very enjoyable to simply walk but it can be surprising just how tiring traversing even a few blocks can become!

San Fran is known for both the distinctive nature of its neighbourhoods and the quality of its tourist destinations. If you’re new to the city, Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to find your bearings and sample a little of San Francisco’s famously fresh seafood.

The Wharf is also home to several of the city’s most popular attractions such as family friendly Pier 39 with its shops aquarium, as well as the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Wharf even boasts its own wax museum! From there it’s just a short walk toward Union Square to indulge in some serious retail therapy.

Diversity is a very important characteristic for San Francisco, which is why simply exploring the various neighbourhoods can be very rewarding in itself. San Fran is home to the US’ largest Chinatown which can be explored independently or part of a walking tour. Little Italy is also a popular destination for tourists looking for a little something different, something that can also be found in Japan Town.

For a more traditional San Fran experience, the Embarcadero on the eastern seafront offers spectacular views across the bay and countless charming restaurants. If you’d prefer to make something for yourself, the Embarcadero also features an impressive farmer’s market selling the best in fresh local produce.

With so much going on, you may find yourself needing a place to relax. The Golden Gate Park (beside the iconic bridge) features 1,000 acres of delightful green space to wander about in – or for something very different indeed, why not head to Pier 33 and take a tour of the notorious Alcatraz prison island? Thankfully the ferry offers return tickets.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Union Square which includes a high rise building and a city

Union Square

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafés and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Union Square. Check out top attractions like SHN Curran Theatre and Westfield San Francisco Centre, and jump on the metro at Powell St & Geary Blvd Stop or Powell St & Post St Stop to see more of the city.

Union Square
Fisherman\'s Wharf featuring a marina and a city

Fisherman's Wharf

Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 are top sights in Fisherman's Wharf, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Jones St and Beach St Stop or Jefferson St & Taylor St Stop to see more sights in the area.

Fisherman's Wharf
Nob Hill featuring street scenes and a city

Nob Hill

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Travelers love Nob Hill for its popular shops, and you can see more of San Francisco by jumping on the metro at Washington St & Leavenworth St Stop or Washington St & Jones St Stop. You might spend time checking out top sights like Van Ness Avenue and Grace Cathedral.

Nob Hill
North Beach featuring a city and skyline

North Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Pier 39 and Exploratorium are top sights in North Beach, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at The Embarcadero & Bay St Stop or Beach St & Stockton St Stop to see more sights in the area.

North Beach
Civic Center

Civic Center

1/5(1 area review)

Noted for its shopping and restaurants, there's plenty to explore in Civic Center. Top attractions like San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center Plaza are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Market St & Van Ness Ave Stop or Van Ness Station to see more of the city.

Civic Center
Marina District showing heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Marina District

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

The beautiful waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Marina District. Make a stop by Palace of Fine Arts or Fort Mason while you're exploring the area.

Marina District

Top hotels in San Francisco

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
3.5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P8,046 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Crystal Springs Golf Course, and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Mateo County Event Center and Cow ...

4.1/5Very Good! (3,280 reviews)

"It was a good stay. Close to the water so I saw a lot of people walking around the property."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront
Park Pointe Hotel
Park Pointe Hotel
2 out of 5
The price is P2,505 per night

Located in The East Side, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from The Shops at Tanforan, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Oracle Park and San Francisco Museum of Modern ...

3.2/5 (1,201 reviews)

"Nothing unique; many many many many motels like this."…"

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Park Pointe Hotel
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
3.5 out of 5
The price is P6,528 per night

Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Lombard Street ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,216 reviews)

"The service desk was so rude and denied to give us the free"…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Popular places to visit in San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge
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Golden Gate Bridge

This iconic bridge, with its distinctive burnished red colour, is probably one of the world’s most instantly recognisable landmarks.

Pier 39
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Pier 39

This waterfront attraction offers all the fun of a traditional pier with rides, street performances and entertainment courtesy of a colony of resident sea lions!

Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz Island

Home to the world’s most notorious prison, tour this famous landmark to understand why it gained its reputation as such a cold and unforgiving place.

Top things to do in San Francisco

Alcatraz Ticket with Roundtrip Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off
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Alcatraz Ticket with Roundtrip Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off

84% of travellers recommend
P7,599
Per adult
San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
P2,780
Per adult
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour
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Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

100% of travellers recommend
P1,264
Per adult
Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island
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Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island

78% of travellers recommend
P2,123
Per adult
Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass
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Go San Francisco All-Inclusive: 25+ Attractions in 1 Pass

88% of travellers recommend
P3,958
Per adult
Bridge 2 Bridge Tour: Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge
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Bridge 2 Bridge Tour: Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge

92% of travellers recommend
P2,224
Per adult

Reviews of San Francisco

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

8 Jan 2020

San Francisco weather is great! A lot of places to visit and a lot of things to do. Our recent trip to San Francisco was already our third time in ten years and we will keep on coming back to San Francisco!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

6 Jan 2020

Tons of things to see in the city may it be via driving and walking in the city :) Will definitely come back :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

3 Jan 2020

I’m A cyclist. I bought my bike with me. If one likes to cycle like i do, San Francisco is bike friendly city. You can bike from SF to nearby Sausalito and Marin county. Love the weather!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

4 Jul 2019

Fisherman's Wharf is so disappointing, lot of homeless around. Streets are dirty as well.

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