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San Francisco

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City by the Bay
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity. Spanish colonists established the city in 1776, but 80 percent of it was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and the fires that followed. Despite its outsize reputation, the city is physically quite compact, located on a relatively small square of land at the tip of a peninsula between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific coast. This allows you to take sightseeing tours of most of the city's neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character and microclimate, on foot or by bicycle. To get around town on public transportation, buy a visitor's pass, available for one, three, or seven days, for unlimited rides on Muni buses, trains, streetcars, and cable cars. San Francisco also contains more restaurants than any other city in the country per capita, providing dining options to suit every traveler's tastes. Our United States trip maker website allows you to plan your trip to San Francisco and a wealth of other destinations big and small.
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Popular things to do in San Francisco

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Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Island
Alcatraz Island
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Golden Gate Park
4.6
Duration: 3h 30 min

Hidden gems in San Francisco

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Science Museum
Exploratorium
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
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Shopping Mall
Ferry Building Marketplace
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Japanese Tea Garden
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beer Tasting / Tour
Beer Tastings & Tours
4.8
Duration: 8 hours

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Napa
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Healdsburg
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Auto Race Track
Sears Point Racing Experience Sonoma
4.9
Duration: 6 hours
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Forest
Muir Woods National Monument Mill Valley
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in San Francisco

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Historic Site
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
City Lights Booksellers
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Grace Cathedral
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Walking Area
Filbert Street Stairs
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in San Francisco

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Science Museum
California Academy of Sciences
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Shopping Mall
Ghirardelli Square
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Cable Car Museum
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Science Museum
The Gregangelo Museum
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in San Francisco

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Crissy Field
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Park
Marina Green
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Washington Square
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Park
Corona Heights
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in San Francisco

From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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