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San Francisco

View of Alcatraz

Your San Francisco vacation

Take one perfectly located peninsula, and mix in world-class dining, parks, culture and charm. The result? San Francisco, the City by the Bay. With a laissez-faire vibe dating back to the Gold Rush, this city boasts ethnic enclaves and an eclectic populace drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Coast. Visit hippie history in the Haight, or shop elegant Union Square. Take a cable car up Nob Hill, and swoon over colorful Victorians and Bay views.

Let Orbitz help you plan the perfect San Francisco vacation. With insider tips and top attractions, you'll get the skinny on Golden Gate Park, Chinatown and where to explore and eat on your San Francisco trip.

  • San Francisco's climate is mild year-round, so forget about packing wool -- or shorts. Daytime temperatures rarely rise above 75 or drop below 55. Summer is notoriously cool, with fog and chilly Pacific breezes, and neighborhood "micro-climates" can mean balmy conditions in the Mission District, but chillier conditions in the Outer Richmond. Summer is also peak tourist season, and late June's LGBT Pride Celebration Parade is one of the biggest in the country.

    May, September and October have less fog and, locals contend, the best weather. December, January and February are the coldest and wettest months, while January brings the Chinese New Year's Parade.

  • Rainbow Grocery

    Get your green bounty on. Rainbow Grocery really is what it's cracked up to be: an eco/organic/fair-trade heaven.

  • Ferry Building Marketplace

    What looks like a tourist trap is actually a foodie paradise, with oysters (Hog Island), cheese (Cowgirl Creamery), a fantastic farmer's market and more.

  • The Presidio

    A gift to hikers, bikers and diners. Enjoy this former military post's paths, restaurants and views on your way to or from the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • The Alembic

    The Haight's perfect drinking/dining combo defines the term "gastropub": world-class artisan cocktails crafted with love, and a food menu to match.

  • Seward Street Slides

    These concrete sliding tubes re-teach what you knew when you were six: Gravity is fun. Be sure to bring your own cardboard to slide on, though.

San Francisco Vacation Packages

Hotel only $116

1 Nob Hill Hotel

3 stars
3.1 / 5 198 reviews

835 Hyde Street Map

Antique touches and historic grandeur overlooking the Golden Gate City Marble flooring, stained-glass panels, ornate ceilings, alabaster chandeliers and an extensive collection of period paintings welcome visitors to this circa-1906 Nob Hill boutique hotel. Rooms... More

Hotel only $119

2 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 711 reviews

1050 Van Ness Avenue Map

Historic hotel and spacious suites -- walking distance to Union Square Dating back to 1908, this five-story Union Square hotel still boasts the stained glass windows, period antiques and other decorative touches that hearken back to a simpler time. Rooms are clean... More

Hotel only $153

3 Holiday Inn Express & Suites SAN FRANCISCO FISHERMANS WHARF

3 stars
4.1 / 5 279 reviews

550 North Point Street Map

Convenient hotel with free breakfast, suites near Fisherman's Wharf The Holiday Inn Express & Suites San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf offers spacious and modern rooms in close proximity to all of the attractions in the area, such as Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square... More

Hotel only $144

4 Holiday Inn SAN FRANCISCO-FISHERMANS WHARF

3 stars
3.7 / 5 383 reviews

1300 Columbus Avenue Map

Comfortable lodging near Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and more Comprising two separate buildings, this Fisherman's Wharf hotel is situated within walking distance of Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and ferries to Alcatraz Island. The property features two... More

Hotel only $178

5 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 232 reviews

905 California Street Map

Free, Fast and Reliable WIFI in your room!

Welcome to the New Nob Hill. Standing as a perfect reflection of the distinguished Nob Hill area in which it resides - elegant, timeless, celebrated, and now, with a $35 million dollar renovation, completely new is The Stanford Court, a Renaissance Hotel. Breathtaking... More

Hotel only $169

6 Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 259 reviews

2500 Mason Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

Whimsical luxury at centrally located Fisherman's Wharf hotel Bright colors and bold patterns characterized a 2009 renovation at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf hotel. The result is a light-hearted, whimsical interior certain to make guests smile. A new lobby lounge... More

Hotel only $169

7 Hotel Vertigo

3 stars
3.8 / 5 104 reviews

940 Sutter Street Map

Stay 2 nights and Save 10% on your stay!

Complete with a recent renovation, Hotel Vertigo is ideally located in Lower Nob Hill, just four blocks from the famous cable car line and a short walk from Union Square, the Theatre District, eclectic nightlife, fine dining, and world class shopping. Inspired by... More

Hotel only $180

8 The Park Central San Francisco

4 stars
4.1 / 5 204 reviews

50 Third Street Map

Save 25% on your stay

Sophisticated urban oasis with sweeping views in SoMa's Museum RowFormerly known as the Argent, the The Park Central San Francisco has been rebranded over the course of the last decade. The result: a sophisticated, urban oasis in the middle of what locals call Museum row,... More

Hotel only $206

9 Grand Hyatt San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.2 / 5 214 reviews

345 Stockton St Map

Save 12% on your stay

High-rise elegance only a block from Union SquareLocated a block from bustling Union Square, the 36-story Grand Hyatt San Francisco towers over many of the other hotels in the area. Elegance is the theme here, with an opulent lobby and floor-to-ceiling windows in... More

Hotel only $159

10 Mystic Hotel by Charlier Palmer

3 stars
3.8 / 5 85 reviews

417 Stockton Street Map

Cool urban spaces and a chic bar near Union SquareGorgeous, intimate spaces characterize the Crescent San Francisco hotel, located in a reimagined Victorian building near Union Square. A fresh, clean look is paired with exposed brick, red accents and modern amenities like... More

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  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Bridge

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see, but doing so is easy, considering the 1.7-mile-long orange behemoth can be viewed from many vantage points. Connecting San Francisco to Marin County, the bridge is the city's only northern exit and is part of U.S. Route 1 and California Route 1. A pedestrian walkway runs the length, and bikes are allowed. (Check posted signs for the appropriate side to ride on; the schedule varies.) Fort Point Overlook offers a primo spot to snap photos.

  • Union Square

    This landmark square is the largest district of retailers, restaurants, galleries and salons in the Western United States. The recently remodeled site boasts granite plazas, light sculptures designed by artist R.M. Fischer and four grand-entrance corner plazas bordered by palms. Find clothing stores, from Banana Republic and Anthropologie to Prada and Yves Saint Laurent, and an assortment of antique stores, art galleries and beauty and health shops. More than 40 hotels are located nearby, as are a variety of restaurants, bars and clubs for late-night dining and entertainment.

  • San Francisco Cable Cars

    Cable cars have been transporting people around San Francisco since the late 19th century, and they're a great way to get conquer the city's notorious hills while enjoying some of the spectacular views and diverse neighborhoods. At Powell and Market streets, a turntable serves as the starting point for two lines, the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde. The Powell-Mason heads to Fisherman's Wharf, while the Powell-Hyde ends near Ghirardelli Square (hello, chocolate!).

  • Castro District

    Spanning Castro Street, from Market Street to 19th Street, is the world's first, largest, and most famous gay neighborhood. It has been a symbol of gay pride since the sixties and seventies, when figures like Harvey Milk established themselves as business owners and activists. One of the district's most notable sites is the Castro Theatre, a movie palace constructed in 1922 that is still one of the city's best. Other sites of interest include Twin Peaks, the city's first gay bar, and Hartford Street Zen Center, a small Buddhist temple open to the public.

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. Today, it continues that tradition, exhibiting and collecting works by modern masters and less-established artists. Audio guides, docent tours, interactive kiosks and public programs offer visitors diverse learning opportunities. SFMOMA's landmark building, just a short walk from downtown, displays a soaring atrium topped by a turret and oculus skylight. The MuseumStore features art books, design objects, furniture, jewelry and children's products.

  • Golden Gate Park

    One of the largest urban parks in the world, this three-mile stunner is filled not only with natural beauty but also a science museum, art museum, flower conservatory and more. The California Academy of Sciences houses an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and scientific research facility under one roof -- and a living roof, at that. Scale the deYoung Museum's 144-foot-high observation deck. The Japanese Tea Garden creates the perfect backdrop for munching fortune cookies, which were first created here in 1914.

  • Alcatraz

    Because of its natural isolation and the bay's cold, strong currents, Alcatraz housed Civil War prisoners, and years later, some of the country's most notorious criminals, including mobster Al Capone, the "Birdman of Alcatraz" and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. The prison closed in the 1960s, but the stories live on. Today, Alcatraz is partially a self-guided experience that you can do at your own pace. Advance reservations are highly recommended.

  • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

    Constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this beauty reflects the domed and columned temples of ancient Roman and Greek style. Its exhibition hall, which once housed Impressionist paintings, is now home to a state-of-the-art science museum, the Exploratorium. The Palace is also the site of countless weddings and film backdrops, including the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo" and "The Rock." A lagoon lined with Australian eucalyptus trees surrounds the area, making a perfect family-photo opportunity.

  • Chinatown

    This golden nugget is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, plus the oldest in North America. Its entrance, called the "Dragon's Gate," is at Grant Avenue and Bush Street. Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city-within-a-city is best explored on foot: Exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums form its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, enjoy a dim sum lunch or learn how fortune cookies are made.

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