Overview San Francisco

Visiting San Francisco

A little fog can’t diminish the drama of San Francisco’s winding streets and bay views. The spectacular scenery, plus quirky neighborhoods and access to some of the country’s most celebrated food and wine, makes this California hub a perennial favorite with travelers. Whether flagging a cable car for Fisherman’s Wharf or ferrying to Alcatraz, the setting is the highlight. But along with the never-ending vistas, there’s never a shortage of things to do next. Bridge-side beaches are a good option even when it’s chilly—which is likely, as San Francisco is the coldest major U.S. city in the summer. Luckily, the city offers plenty of museums and shopping opportunities for gray days.

San Francisco restaurants are a refuge whether the day brings blue skies or rain showers. Excellent sushi places abound, eating in Chinatown can be divine, and there are a lot of Michelin stars scattered among San Fran’s streets. For a view of it all, and an... Read More
A little fog can’t diminish the drama of San Francisco’s winding streets and bay views. The spectacular scenery, plus quirky neighborhoods and access to some of the country’s most celebrated food and wine, makes this California hub a perennial favorite with travelers. Whether flagging a cable car for Fisherman’s Wharf or ferrying to Alcatraz, the setting is the highlight. But along with the never-ending vistas, there’s never a shortage of things to do next. Bridge-side beaches are a good option even when it’s chilly—which is likely, as San Francisco is the coldest major U.S. city in the summer. Luckily, the city offers plenty of museums and shopping opportunities for gray days.

San Francisco restaurants are a refuge whether the day brings blue skies or rain showers. Excellent sushi places abound, eating in Chinatown can be divine, and there are a lot of Michelin stars scattered among San Fran’s streets. For a view of it all, and an excellent brunch to boot, head to the Cliff House. And if you’re not too full after dining all day and night, San Francisco is one city that has a slice of nightlife for everyone.

It also has a place to stay to suit every traveler. Hotels in San Francisco range from boutique to cheap to everything in between. And IgoUgo travelers’ photos are a free and fun way to explore the city before you go. Once you see their pictures of the Golden Gate, adorable seals, and beautiful hills à la Full House, you’ll be finding a flight to SFO in no time.    Close

Stories and Tips San Francisco

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Our San Francisco Biking Adventure

Written by juliejaynak on 14 Jul, 2013

The number one thing we knew we wanted to do on our vacation in San Francisco was to rent bicycles and ride across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito. I wasn't 100% sure how this worked, if it was guided or if we had a…Read More


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A Walk from Nob Hill to the Ferry Building Marketplace

Written by sararevell on 04 Feb, 2012

We left our hotel on Bush Street and headed east towards the financial district. It was a crisp clear December morning and to our surprise, few people were out on the streets. We felt lucky to have the place to ourselves. We continued as far…Read More


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Areas of San Francisco

Written by dkm1981 on 15 Dec, 2011

The city of San Francisco is split into several areas, each of which have their own way of life, attractions and things to do. Here are the main things you should know about each one and what there is to do there:-Downtown-Downtown is the main…Read More


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San Francisco - Getting There and Around

Written by dkm1981 on 03 Nov, 2011

==Getting There==We flew into San Francisco’s main international airport (code SFO). After a long flight with a two hour layover in Chicago, we were too tired to try and work out a cheap way to get to the city, so we just jumped in a…Read More


More than Just the Golden Gate

Written by AnythngArt on 03 Mar, 2010

Having once lived in San Francisco, I can honestly say that I left (a piece of) my heart there, as corny as that may sound. There are so many wonderful things to see and do in this culturally rich city that I decided that the…Read More


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Cool San Francisco

Written by writeonthespot on 16 Feb, 2010

It was my first time in San Francisco. In fact, it was my first time in the US. On a bigger scale, it was my first time across the Pacific.I went to the US to attend the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering and Service.…Read More


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Take a Walk from Chinatown to Fisherman's Wharf

Written by Jim Rosenberg on 17 Jan, 2010

San Francisco ended up on our A-list in the 1990s and barely a year goes by without another trip to the City by the Bay. The ambiance of the city, its many distinct neighborhoods and seaside location make for an unbeatable combination of urban energy…Read More


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Shanghai San Francisco - A Walking Adventure Tour

Written by Battered Orange Suitcase on 02 Jan, 2010

Being a huge fan of scavenger hunts and interactive theater, I was thrilled to discover Shanghai San Francisco, a "walking adventure tour" when Stuart and I were in the city last weekend. It turned out to be such a fun way of spending a…Read More


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Seeing San Francisco by Metro and Foot

Written by MattF on 08 May, 2009

This was one visit when we wanted to get out in the city and see alot of the areas we never saw before. To start with we decided to take the the Cable Car up California St. from the Hyatt Rengency and to walk the…Read More


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