With beautiful open spaces, a bridge that’s the envy of the world and charming harbour-side towns, The City by the Bay is a sight to behold. Union Square’s shopping, Alcatraz Island and a stunning Golden Gate Park make for an offbeat city that refuses to blend in.
San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where people can ride on a national historic landmark. The cable cars are the world’s last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, and are the most convenient way to get around. Be sure to stop off and visit the Cable Car Museum for a look at the powerhouse behind the machines.
Discover the city by the bay: San Francisco Highlights
Grab your love beads, dust off your caftan, and paint a peace sign on your cheek, we’re heading to San Fran baby, yeah! Okay, so actually, you can forget all that, because one of America’s most iconic destinations left its Summer of Love reputation behind a long time ago, and is now a 21st century hot-spot for trendy travellers. It’s still rebellious, but it does it digitally. And it’s turning into one of the best foodie paradises on the West Coast, too.
The enormous tech industry just up the highway in Silicon Valley has provided San Francisco with a new generation of pioneers, trailblazers, and visionaries. That means there’s an explosion of cool bars, trendy restaurants, and boutique hotels popping up left, right and centre, making San Francisco one of the best spots to holiday in northern California. You’re right in the middle of wine country, and you’ve got iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate bridge, the wonderfully wiggly Lombard Street (complete with no less than eight hairpin bends), and the imposing Alcatraz Island to explore.
Our San Francisco holiday packages are designed to put you right in the middle of all this uniquely Californian lifestyle. It’s genuinely one of our favourite destinations in the world, and one visit is never enough. So hop onboard a streetcar named Desire, hold on tight, and let’s take a look at San Francisco in all its crazy glory.
San Francisco is packed with great places to stay. With a decision to make between boutique and big name, and city centre or beachside resort, choosing is not always easy. To help you out, we’ve suggested some of our favourite places to stay on holidays to San Francisco.
Hotel Triton: The Triton definitely feels like a San Francisco hotel. It’s colourful, cool, and just a little bit crazy – and we love it. Situated in the heart of the downtown area, it’s a bohemian hotel that specialises in style. Your shopping can be picked up from various Union Square boutiques for you and spa treatments can be ordered right to your room. Did we mention there’s a complimentary wine hour each evening?
Kimpton Buchanan Hotel: slap-bang in the heart of the city, you’ve got Chinatown, Pacific Heights and The Fillmore all within walking distance of the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel. It’s ultra-chic, full of vintage touches that give it a distinctly boutique feel, and serves one of the best breakfasts you’ll ever taste.
Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf: just two blocks from the cable-car turnaround point, the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf is a family-friendly hotel packed with great features, including its own heated swimming pool. Fancy a trip over to Alcatraz? You’re just two minutes from the ferry.
If you want the luxury to get ramped up to an eleven on your holiday to San Francisco, check yourself into one of our many luxury hotels for some serious pampering.
The Argonaut Hotel At Fisherman’s Wharf: with a nautical theme and a flawless level of service, this quirky yet incredibly luxurious hotel is perfect for romantic couples. Premier rooms have amazing views of Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
W San Francisco: this is a very, very special hotel. The W San Francisco is a no-expense-spared, 5-star hotel complete with bespoke spa treatments and rooms that have their own (uniquely San Franciscan) rating from ‘Wonderful’ to ‘Extreme Wow’. This is upscale Californian hotel living at its best.
The Marker Hotel: The Marker Hotel is opulent - Art Deco beauty on the outside, and stylish, ultra-chic sophistication on the inside. The lobby welcomes you with a floor-to-ceiling grand fireplace, and a marble staircase that just begs to be sashayed down! You’re right in the most fashionable quarter of the city too, just minutes away from theatres and restaurants.
There’s so much to see and do on San Francisco holidays that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Not to worry, we’ve got a few ideas to get you started.
San Francisco is a foodie’s dream city. If you fancy fresh seafood, head to the waterfront. Good Chinese food? Wander down to the city’s large Chinatown neighbourhood. Here are a few of our top restaurants to whet the appetite.
Generally, San Francisco experiences mild winters and dry, sunny summers. Spring, summer and autumn are all pleasant times to visit, with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
If you’ve always imagined yourself riding cable cars up and down the San Francisco hills, celebrating as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge, or wandering the streets of historic Haight Ashbury, make it a reality by checking out our San Francisco hotels and holiday packages now.