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San Francisco
Travel Guide

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A city made for love, not walking – San Francisco is known for its great counter-cultural history and incredibly steep hills.

Conjuring up images of peace signs, psychedelic rock music and hippies with flowers in their hair, the San Francisco of today is all that – and now even more.

With such a rich history, the hippy dream is still alive and well in San Francisco but it has been somewhat replaced by the city’s growing reputation as a global technology and innovation powerhouse. Indeed, a tie-dyed shirt would look positively out of place in the city’s financial district! This said, the new San Francisco remains one of America’s most liberal and progressive cities and retains every bit of the laid back Californian atmosphere it’s so well known for.

Given the city’s remarkably steep hills, the San Francisco cable car system is a quick, easy and relatively inexpensive way to get about. Of course, it can be very enjoyable to simply walk but it can be surprising just how tiring traversing even a few blocks can become!

San Fran is known for both the distinctive nature of its neighbourhoods and the quality of its tourist destinations. If you’re new to the city, Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to find your bearings and sample a little of San Francisco’s famously fresh seafood.

The Wharf is also home to several of the city’s most popular attractions such as family friendly Pier 39 with its shops aquarium, as well as the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Wharf even boasts its own wax museum! From there it’s just a short walk toward Union Square to indulge in some serious retail therapy.

Diversity is a very important characteristic for San Francisco, which is why simply exploring the various neighbourhoods can be very rewarding in itself. San Fran is home to the US’ largest Chinatown which can be explored independently or part of a walking tour. Little Italy is also a popular destination for tourists looking for a little something different, something that can also be found in Japan Town.

For a more traditional San Fran experience, the Embarcadero on the eastern seafront offers spectacular views across the bay and countless charming restaurants. If you’d prefer to make something for yourself, the Embarcadero also features an impressive farmer’s market selling the best in fresh local produce.

With so much going on, you may find yourself needing a place to relax. The Golden Gate Park (beside the iconic bridge) features 1,000 acres of delightful green space to wander about in – or for something very different indeed, why not head to Pier 33 and take a tour of the notorious Alcatraz prison island? Thankfully the ferry offers return tickets.

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Where to stay in San Francisco

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
4 out of 5
750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
The price is SG$192 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Palace of Fine Arts are also ...
3.8/5Good! (2,747 reviews)
"The staff was very clear about the accommodations and restrictions due to COVID protocols and were very friendly and professional. Checking in and out was very easy and we had a wonderful weekend in the city."

Reviewed on 21 Jun,2021

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
4 out of 5
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Free cancellation
The price is SG$237 per night from 16 Jul to 16 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moscone Convention Center, Ferry Building and Oracle Park. Chase Center and Pier 39 are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,224 reviews)
"Parking was expensive even if you stayed at the hotel , but the hotel was excellent."

Reviewed on 22 Jun,2021

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is SG$231 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,577 reviews)
"Great location!! Quite comfortable room. Comfortable beds with 4 pillows each!! No coffee maker or microwave, however, they had a nice bag breakfast down in the lobby with coffee, OJ, muffins, trail mix bars and apples."

Reviewed on 21 Jun,2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
3 out of 5
400 Concourse Dr, Belmont, CA
The price is SG$196 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Belmont, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Los Prados Park, Marlin Park and Hiller Aviation Museum. Laurie Meadows Park and Casanova Park ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,105 reviews)
Modern and homey
"Nice place to stay. Carpets could have been cleaner, otherwise not bad at all. Linens were fresh and bathroom clean. Kitchen was very convenient."

Reviewed on 13 Jun,2021

HYATT house Belmont/Redwood Shores
@ Marbella Lane Duplex Redwood City
@ Marbella Lane Duplex Redwood City
3.5 out of 5
119 Redwood Ave, Redwood City, CA
Situated in Redwood City, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Woodside Central Shopping Center and Fox Theatre. Menlo College is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Unit C was very comfortable.
"It was very clean and organized. Utensils were already provided along with a coffee maker. Netflix and Amazon Prime were free and they had a single burner which allowed for me to cook. Overall, it was very comfortable and at a good location."

Reviewed on 26 Oct,2020

@ Marbella Lane Duplex Redwood City
2 Bedroom 1 Bath Near Bart w/1 Parking
2 Bedroom 1 Bath Near Bart w/1 Parking
30 Vista Grande Ave, #2, Daly City, CA
The price is SG$396 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Daly City, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of San Francisco State University, Cow Palace and Ocean Beach. City College of San Francisco ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Staycation
"My boyfriend and I work a lot throughout the week and needed a staycation away to rejuvenate ourselves and relax. Let me say, we definitely got the experience we were looking for. The host was very communicative and responsive. Answered any questions asked. The place was very clean supplied with ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jun,2021

2 Bedroom 1 Bath Near Bart w/1 Parking
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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