San Francisco Travel Guides

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San Francisco, California, United States of America

48 hours in San Francisco - fit the Bridge, the Bay and the burritos into one weekend

While the Bay Area region includes an enormous area of land and several cities, San Francisco itself is one of the most compact cities in America, making it perfect for a short visit, with plenty of scope to hop across the Bay to other places too. Here’s the best way to squeeze everything into 48 hours in the city.

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Gay San Francisco Travel Guide

San Francisco’s historic Castro neighbourhood was hotbed to much of America’s gay rights movement in the 1970s Harvey Milk era, and remains one of the world’s most iconic gay villages. Today, The Castro hosts a plethora of gay bars and clubs, restaurants, the GLBT History Museum, the historic Castro Theatre, and a plethora of cultural activities.

San Francisco Shopping Guide - where and what to shop and buy

Whatever your shopping desires, San Francisco has it covered. With its range of vast, glitzy malls - containing some of the flashiest designer names - there’s enough to keep even the most persistent shopper satisfied. But San Francisco’s retail scene really comes alive in its sprawling streets. Pop-up vintage clothing boutiques, old school record stores, and warehouse-sized bookshops are speckled throughout the city, providing abundant opportunities to splurge.

A San Francisco City Guide - cool culture, hip hangouts, and iconic attractions in bustling bohemian metropolis

San Francisco resonates with a cool, quirky, and vibrant culture. From the Latin-influenced eateries and weird stores of the historic Mission area, to the ultra-trendy Haight and affluent paradise of Pacific Heights, there’s an area suited for everyone. Visit the museums and art galleries in the centre, and stop by the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for spectacular views across the glistening bay waters. Meanwhile, the city's green spaces are perfect for chilling out in.

Where to Eat in San Francisco – a food and dining guide

It almost goes without saying that San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods have created a melting pot of gastronomic wonders. They range from strong Latin influences to rustic Neapolitan cooking, and everything in between. With a strong focus on locally produced organic fruits and vegetables, there’s plenty of good eats for the eco-savvy vegetarian. But San Francisco isn’t afraid to cook old school, and there’s plenty of classic American diners to enjoy.

An Alcatraz travel guide – the picturesque island with a dark past

Whether you’re an amateur sleuth or a wildlife watcher, everyone will get a kick out of an Alcatraz holiday. A 15-minute boat ride from a range of hotels near Alcatraz, the intimidating prison island hides tales of life behind bars, and is home to rare birds and flowers.

Spring vacations in San Francisco

On a spring vacation in San Francisco, you'll enjoy mild weather, jazz, art and festive celebrations. Parks and streets will be bustling with locals and visitors enjoying seasonal events. Reserve a spring hotel in San Francisco to enjoy the city by the bay.

Top 10 romantic things to do in San Francisco

One of the most romantic cities in the world, a San Francisco hotel is the ideal place to stay for a couple’s retreat. Create lasting memories with sunset cruises, romantic strolls or an evening cocktail surrounded by a gorgeous city.

Fall vacations in San Francisco

On a fall vacation in San Francisco, you’ll enjoy sunny days, mild nights, colorful festivals and seasonal music. The markets and restaurants are brimming with harvest goodies from the Central Valley. Book a fall hotel in San Francisco and enjoy the best weather the Bay Area has all year.

Top 10 hotels in San Francisco

Family-friendly digs and cute boutiques, places for serious business or luxurious spas – get the most out of your trip with this guide to the top 10 hotels in San Francisco.

An Alcatraz travel guide – the picturesque island with a dark past

Whether you’re an amateur sleuth or a wildlife watcher, everyone will get a kick out of an Alcatraz holiday. A 15-minute boat ride from a range of hotels near Alcatraz, the intimidating prison island hides tales of life behind bars, and is home to rare birds and flowers.

Where to stay in San Francisco - a travel guide to San Francisco's neighbourhoods

Choosing where to stay is key to getting your San Francisco vacation off to a good start. Use this guide to help you decide the best neighborhood for choosing your San Francisco hotel.

Short getaways in San Francisco – two days of shopping, culture and delicious eats

A short getaway in San Francisco is just enough to whet your appetite. Use this itinerary as a starting point to explore the best of the city with a few nights in a San Francisco hotel.

Top 10 journeys in San Francisco

From cable car rides to boat trips to an abandoned prison, book a San Francisco hotel and see the city in a new light on one of these top 10 San Francisco journeys.

A San Francisco Pride travel guide - a colorful parade and flamboyant parties.

Take to the streets and wave rainbow flags in support of the Bay Area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The San Francisco Pride is a two-day celebration showcasing a parade and festival with live music, vendors and parties. Hotels in San Francisco during Pride go quickly, so book in advance.

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