San Francisco Holidays

Hilly haven at the end of Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, perched along the picturesque shores of California, stands as a beacon of innovation, diversity, and cultural richness. Famous for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars traversing steep streets, and the historic Alcatraz Island, the city captivates with its breathtaking vistas and eclectic charm.

Luxury Holidays to San Francisco

Attracting 25 million visitors per year, the city of San Francisco is a unique holiday destination which caters to all types of travellers, including food lovers, history buffs, art admirers and architect enthusiasts. Although the actual city is only 8.42 square miles (approximately half the size of Manhattan) it’s packed with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and innovative experiences. Many will recognise the city for its iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, and while they are worth a visit, there’s so much more to the city waiting to be discovered. Visitors will enjoy exploring the many micro-cultures across the region, including the remains of the 1960 hippy movement on Haight-Ashbury, the historic Chinatown and plenty more.

Reasons to Holiday in San Francisco

Food and Drink – From hole-in-the-wall family businesses to Michelin awarded dining experiences, San Francisco is the ultimate foodie paradise. As the city is a melting pot in itself, you’ll find a variety of cultural cuisines at every price level. Be sure to visit Chinatown for some Dim Sum and North Beach for a classic Italian meal. Seafood lovers should definitely make their way to Fisherman’s Wharf to crack into some juicy crabs.

Sightseeing – San Francisco is the ultimate tourist destination, thanks to its world-famous landmarks. The Golden Gate Bridge stands at a staggering 227m tall and stretches out for 1.7miles. You can bike or walk across the bridge easily if you have a spare 40 minutes on your San Francisco holiday. Other landmarks worth visiting are the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District, Saint Francis of Assisi Church in North Beach, San Francisco City Hall, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Arts and Culture –San Fran has always been known to be a progressive city, and for years has attracted brilliant minds and ingenious artists. Literary fans can head over to City Lights Bookstore, established by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and was the birthplace of the Beat Generation movement, Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs among others. Book a show at The War Memorial Opera House, home to the world-famous San Francisco Opera and Ballet companies. For art enthusiasts, be sure to add a visit to the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honour to your itinerary.

Things to See and Do in San Francisco

Catch a Giants Game – You’ll find many of the Bay Area locals proudly donning their black and orange Giants caps around town. The San Francisco Giants baseball team is one of the most beloved teams in the city, having won the World Series three times recently. If you’re a sports fan, be sure to watch them in action at the AT&T park in South Park, which is only a 20-minute tram ride from Union Square.

Haight Ashbury – Notoriously known as the birthplace of the hippy movement, Haight Ashbury is still retains a quirky charm. You’ll find an array of vintage stores, independent boutiques and coffee shops lined along Haight Street. Golden Gate Park – The park is actually larger than New York’s Central Park, stretching out 4.1 square kilometres. It’s the home of two of San Francisco’s popular museums, the California Academy of Science and the deYoung Art Museum, as well as a Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers. To visit the park, you can take a 20-minute bus ride from Union Square.

Fisherman’s Wharf – A tourist favourite in the city by the bay. Head on over to Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf for some fun activities, restaurants and shops. When the sun’s out you can view the bay and find a friendly sea lion or two sunbathing on the decks. From Fisherman’s Wharf you can hop on the Alcatraz tour boat which takes you to straight to the infamous prison.

San Francisco Weather

Expect mild weather throughout the year with a small chance of rainfall in the winter months. The recommended time to visit San Francisco is September-October where you are likely to see high temperatures of 21 degrees Celsius with very low chances of rainfall. Morning fogs are likely to happen all year round.

Facts about San Francisco

  • Incorporated – November 30 1886
  • Area – 8.42 sqm
  • Population – 89,736

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Hotel Zeppelin

4* out of 5 stars

An avant garde hotel, designed to reflect San Francisco’s progressive and unconventional culture. The bohemian-style guest rooms come with vintage working turntables and a selection of vinyls.

5 nights Room Only including United Airlines flights from £803 per person

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Hotel Zoe, San Francisco

4* out of 5 stars

Hotel Zoe, San Francisco is a warm and hospitable hotel that offers a great welcome and lies just a few steps from all the delightful attractions of the city's famous Fisherman’s Wharf.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £850 per person

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Hotel Triton, San Francisco

3* out of 5 stars

Hotel Triton, San Francisco has bohemian vibe and is ready to take your San Francisco holiday to new levels of comfort and style.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £805 per person

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Hilton San Francisco Union Square

4* out of 5 stars

This iconic hotel is San Francisco’s largest, meaning that everything you need for a great stay is close at hand. The ideal base from which to discover the city.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £857 per person

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Grand Hyatt San Francisco - Union Square

4* out of 5 stars

Located just steps away from Union Square, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco - Union Square is the perfect choice for travellers looking for convenience and sophistication.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £935 per person

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Beacon Grand, A Union Square Hotel

4* out of 5 stars

Stay in the heart of Union Square at the Beacon Grand Hotel, where a legacy of exquisite service seeks to transform your stay into an experience.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £930 per person

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Argonaut Hotel

5* out of 5 stars

Located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, Argonaut Hotel offers the perfect base from which to explore the city's vibrant culture, history, and attractions.

5 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £965 per person

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Kimpton The Alton Fisherman's Wharf

4* out of 5 stars

The boutique, Kimpton The Alton is a bright and welcoming haven in the iconic Fisherman's Wharf neighbourhood, and your gateway to an unforgettable San Francisco holiday.

5 nights Room Only including United Airlines flights from £976 per person

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Top Pick Hotels

Argonaut Hotel

5* out of 5 stars

Located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, Argonaut Hotel offers the perfect base from which to explore the city's vibrant culture, history, and attractions.

Hotel Zeppelin

4* out of 5 stars

An avant garde hotel, designed to reflect San Francisco’s progressive and unconventional culture. The bohemian-style guest rooms come with vintage working turntables and a selection of vinyls.

The Fairmont, San Francisco

5* out of 5 stars

Nothing short of exquisite, The Fairmont, San Francisco in popular Nob Hill, is the city's most recognisable 5 star hotel, and an experience in luxury like no other.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

5* out of 5 stars

Occupying a landmark Neoclassical building along the California Street cable car line, this high-end hotel is close to bustling Union Square and a block from Chinatown.

Things to do in San Francisco

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Originally serving as the location of the first lighthouse on the West Coast, the infamous island of Alcatraz was deemed an ideal place for a prison in short order, with the cliffs and dangerous currents surrounding the island making escape seem impossible. Having been a military prison during the Civil War and then a civilian penitentiary later, Alcatraz is widely held as one of the most renowned penal colonies in the world. See this site for yourself by day or night, enjoying a 20-minute boat ride to the island and self-guided tours of the cell house.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Ranking high on any visitor's itinerary, the Golden Gate bridge is one of the most iconic sights in the world, so renowned that any film or TV with a scene set in San Francisco will never fail to display its grandeur. 1.7 miles long, the construction of this behemoth was an undertaking many deemed impossible, and is now called one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Take a stroll down the pedestrian pavements along the bridge during daylight hours – or better yet, cycle down its magnificent span for the full experience.

PIER 39

PIER 39

Stroll along the bustling pier and savour the delicious aromas wafting from numerous restaurants. Delight in street performances and live music that fill the air with energy and excitement. Discover a variety of shops offering everything from charming souvenirs to high-end fashion. With panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the iconic San Francisco Bay, these alone are worth the visit. And don't forget to visit the resident sea lions, whose lively antics and spirited barks have become synonymous with PIER 39.

Ride on the iconic Cable Cars

Ride on the iconic Cable Cars

Both an entertaining way to sightsee as well as functional public transport, the cable cars or 'streetcars' of San Francisco offer a fantastic method of seeing the city. Passing through some of the city's most iconic neighbourhoods, including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf and more, a ride on these quaint cable cars is a must for any visitor to the city. You can also visit the free Cable Car Museum to get an idea of the history and mechanics behind them, as well as antique models of the cars themselves.

San Francisco's Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown is one of the largest and most dynamic Chinese communities outside of Asia. It offers a rich cultural experience with its vibrant streets, historic architecture, and bustling markets. Visitors can start their exploration at the iconic Dragon Gate, then wander through the neighbourhood’s narrow alleys and discover hidden gems. Highlights include China Live, a multi-story complex with shops, restaurants, bars, and a food demonstration hall. Grant Avenue, the main thoroughfare, is lined with a diverse array of shops and eateries, making Chinatown a must.

Useful information

  • Local time GMT-(7)
  • Currency US Dollar ($)
  • Language English
  • Location City in Calirfornia
  • Flying time 11 hours & 13 minutes

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