Foggy hills, Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is the ideal luxury holiday destination for travellers wanting a stay full of culture. Where else can you wander through the federal prison of Alcatraz and admire the TransAmerica pyramid building in one day?
Hotels in San Fran are distinctly colonial and brimming with elegance and glamour. Make sure you book one near to the cable cars so you can easily access the bustling streets and attractions that make The Golden City simply magical.
Sights such as the art-deco Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park and Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf are all musts for every visitor waning a true San Francisco experience. If you’ve fallen in love with the architecture, a drive through the row of Victorian houses known as the Painted Ladies is a must. Alternatively, families will enjoy seeing the sea lions at Pier 39 or paddling in the sea at Baker Beach.
Once you’ve finished exploring for the day, it’s time to make a pit stop for lunch or dinner. With more than 3,000 restaurants, we’ll be shocked if you can’t find anywhere to satisfy your appetite. With seafood in abundance, those with a love of tuna, crab and lobster will be in their element. Alternatively, head to Chinatown for a splash of Asian cuisine that’s sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Joe’s Special is something that many eateries have on the menu, too. Originally coined in 1932 at New Joe’s restaurant, the dish was created using the last ingredients in the kitchen. Test your waiter to find out what’s in yours.
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Alcatraz is one of the top landmarks of San Francisco. To avoid disappointment, make sure to reserve your ticket as soon as possible as seats onboard the ferry from Pier 33 go fast. Also note that many ferry and cruise companies go around Alcatraz Island, but there’s only one (Alcatraz Cruises) that goes to the site.
Good to know
- Time difference: UTC -8
- Flying time to destination:
11-hours from London
- Nearest Airport: San Francisco International Airport
- Instagram Opportunity: The Golden Gate Bridge
Best Time To Travel
|Jan: 10°c||Feb: 11°c||Mar: 11°c|
|Apr: 11°c||May: 13°c||Jun: 13°c|
|Jul: 14°c||Aug: 14°c||Sep: 14°c|
|Oct: 14°c||Nov: 13°c||Dec: 10°c|