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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Trolleys, Buses, and Street Cars

Written by MattF on 02 May, 2009

Getting around in San Francisco can be daunting if you don't know your way around and a little intimidating in a car due to the traffic. We were advised by the hotel to get a 3 day unlimited use Metro Pass to use any of…Read More


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What to Do, What to Avoid, How to Do It

Written by Wasatch on 07 Sep, 2008

San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities to visit, and some say to live. It is certainly the best the USA has to offer. Years ago business took me from Washington DC to San Francisco several times, making…Read More


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What a Day!

Written by azsunluvr on 06 Sep, 2008

"Wanna fly somewhere on Saturday since dad's going to be gone?" A little hesitantly, my son asked, "Like where?" "How about San Francisco? We can go to Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square for a hot fudge sundae," I answered. The next morning we boarded an…Read More


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Walking around the City by the Bay

Written by mikro on 31 Oct, 2007

Using the walking tour guide found in the AAA book, we headed out from our hotel to tour San Francisco. After a hearty breakfast at David's Deli, we began at Union Square. This area is surrounded by major department stores: Saks Fifth Avenue,…Read More


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meli

Written by ASHMOREM on 01 Jun, 2007

San Francisco is basically divided into several districts. I definitely would plan your trip itinerary with that in mind. I also would consider renting a car for a few days. There are a lot of transportation options in some areas and none in others.…Read More


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Exploring Point Reyes

Written by callen60 on 06 May, 2007

We reached the main Bear Valley Visitor Center just after noon, having leisurely made our way from San Francisco in about 90 minutes. The turnoff onto Bear Valley Road is easy to miss, as it comes up quickly on the west just a few hundred…Read More


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CA 1 from Muir Beach to Point Reyes

Written by callen60 on 05 May, 2007

From Muir Beach, CA 1 continues along the top of the Oceanside bluffs. The hillsides are steep and grass covered, and moving along at 20 mph makes sense for safety as well as sightseeing. One section of road was under repair, and several others showed…Read More


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CA 1 from Mill Valley to Muir Beach

Written by callen60 on 05 May, 2007

Sometimes life gives you lemons, other times it runs out of lemons and hands you the whole fruit basket. As we stood in the car rental agency on Sunday afternoon (conveniently located right across from the Hilton), I could tell there was a problem with…Read More


A Tale of Two Robots

Written by Little Ayun on 26 Mar, 2007

Giant Robot618 Shrader St.Kid Robot1512 Haight StreetIf you can't afford a ticket to Tokyo, San Francisco's not a bad second choice. There's an entire neighborhood of Japanese expats and immigrants, sushi restaurants on every block, and within earshot of each other, two stores specializing in…Read More


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The Streets of San Francisco Part One

Written by cindylou11157 on 18 Feb, 2007

Everywhere you look, you see a familiar sight? I was never here before. I guess I watch too much TV and the movies. From the Streets of San Francisco, to Full House, Mrs. Doubtfire , Dirty Harry, Pacific Heights, The Rock, and The Love Bug,…Read More


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