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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The Children's Bell Tower at Bodega Bay, CA

Written by Sierra on 09 Feb, 2007

The California coastline beyond San Francisco stretches for over 300 miles towards the Oregon coast, a land of rolling golden hills, heart-stopping drives, and stunning vistas. A few towns of a welcoming size are strung along the shore, tucked into fisherman-friendly bends among the hills…Read More


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From Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf

Written by SeenThat on 25 Nov, 2006

Union Square – San Francisco’s heart – has enough attractions to spend there a whole day. Its name dates back to the Civil War and the statue at its center commemorates the war against Spain in 1898. Delimited by Post, Stockton, Geary and Powell streets,…Read More


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Part the 5th—Searching for Redwoods

Written by callen60 on 01 Oct, 2006

Sitting at dinner the first night of my meeting, the person on my left is describing how he and a colleague made their way to Walnut Creek from SFO. At the mention of ‘redwoods’, my ears perk up—after walking among giant Douglas Firs and ancient…Read More


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Part the 7th—Recreating in the Golden Gate

Written by callen60 on 30 Sep, 2006

When I agreed to this trip in late spring, I thought the weekend would give me a little time to reach and explore one of California’s National Parks. Perhaps I’d fit in a brief introduction to Yosemite or Sequoia: no, too much driving: three hours…Read More


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Part the 6th—Scraping the (Northern) Surface of SF

Written by callen60 on 30 Sep, 2006

Emerging from the hills of the East Bay, I make my way down Broadway through central Oakland, finally negotiating the maze of roads near the bay and heading across the Bay Bridge into San Francisco. Here, while waiting in the long lines at the tollbooth,…Read More


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Part the 3rd—Meeting John Muir

Written by callen60 on 30 Sep, 2006

Government protection should be thrown around every wild grove and forest on the mountains, as it is around every private orchard, and the trees in public parks. To say nothing of their value as fountains of timber, they are worth infinitely more than all the…Read More


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Part the 4th—Climbing Mount Diablo

Written by callen60 on 30 Sep, 2006

Mt. Diablo is the highest peak in this area, rising almost 4,000 feet on the spur of land to the west of Oakland and the East Bay. It’s an old mountain, whose once-rocky slopes have long since had their surfaces ground into soil, supporting a…Read More


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Part the 1st—North to Mission San Jose

Written by callen60 on 30 Sep, 2006

Touching down mid-morning in San Jose, it’s hardly past 11am and I’m on the road north, not due in Walnut Creek until 6:30pm. With a day to explore while meandering to my eventual destination, I’m searching my rudimentary rental-agency map, my memory, and the passing…Read More


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Berkeley

Written by SeenThat on 26 Jul, 2006

With enough scientific articles published from here to fill an average university library, the town of Berkeley is an intriguing place to visit and find the secrets of scientific output. Early in the morning I took a BART train and a few minutes later landed…Read More


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San Francisco

Written by SeenThat on 25 Jul, 2006

June 22 was a special day; early in the morning, the radio announced that due to the weather, the day was declared a Spare the Air Day and the public transport in San Francisco and its surroundings will be free. In such a way, drivers…Read More


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