If you are looking for an all-encompassing holiday that is super cool, cosmopolitan and just a bit quirky, then the awe-inspiring city of San Francisco delivers on ALL levels.
Whether you are seeking endless adventure, incredible shopping, culture and some of the prettiest looking houses in the state, then look no further than this Californian gem which should be top of your travel list this summer and beyond.
The iconic Golden Gate Bridge
This architectural marvel is a must-see when visiting San Francisco. Spanning over 1.7 miles, the Golden Gate Bridge offers the most stunning views of the city and the bay. You can walk or bike across the bridge to enjoy the panoramic views of the city's skyline, Alcatraz Island and the Pacific Ocean. If you're looking for iconic, yet insta-worthy pics, then this is the perfect spot to capture some amazing photos.
Steeped in history, ‘The Rock’ as Alcatraz Island is also known as is a former federal prison that housed some of the most notorious criminals in American history. These days, the prison cells are empty and it’s a popular tourist attraction that attracts millions of visitors every year.
This top-notch attraction offers a fascinating and intriguing glimpse into Alcatraz’s colourful past. You can take a ferry across to the island and explore the prison cells, learn about the island's history and enjoy the stunning views of the city skyline.
This lively waterfront area is a vibrant hub of activity where you can find musicians and other street performers, a wide variety of shops and some of the best seafood restaurants in the state - don't forget to try the famous clam chowder. One of the best things about Fisherman’s Wharf is the super cute sea lions that bask in the sun or why not hop onto a boat for a scenic cruise of San Francisco bay?
Take a cable car
San Francisco's bright yellow iconic cable cars are not only a fun and unique way to get around the city, but they also offer passengers the most stunning views of the city's hills and architecture. You can take a ride on one of the cable cars to experience the thrill of climbing the steep hills of San Fran while enjoying the panoramic views of the city.
Did you know that San Francisco’s very own Chinatown is the largest one outside of Asia? This vibrant neighbourhood is awash with lanterns, rich colours and intriguing sights. This historic neighbourhood is where you will find the best dim sum and bubble tea as well as being home to a great selection of shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks. You can also walk through the bustling streets to explore the markets, temples, and parks.
The Painted Ladies
As seen on screen! These colourful Victorian houses are an unmissable San Francisco icon and have been featured in countless movies and TV shows. You can take a walk through Alamo Square park to get a picture-perfect view of the houses with the city skyline in the background.
Golden Gate Park
This massive urban park is filled with gardens, lakes, museums, and even a Japanese tea garden. It's the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. You can rent a bike or a boat to explore the park or visit the California Academy of Sciences to learn about the natural world.
San Francisco's LGBTQ+ neighborhood is known for its colorful architecture, lively nightlife, and rich history. You can take a walk through the streets to explore the rainbow-colored buildings, bars as well as getting your vintage shopping fix too.
The Ferry Building
Calling all foodies! You can’t visit San Francisco without a visit to this historic building which is now a foodie's paradise with a bustling farmer's market and artisanal food vendors. You can enjoy some of the best local produce, cheeses, and baked goods while taking in the stunning views of the Bay Bridge and the Ferry Terminal.