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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 Hotels

From $105

1 Nob Hill Hotel

3 stars
3.2 / 5 200 reviews

835 Hyde Street Map

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 are elegantly appointed with period antiques, velvet comforters and replica... More

From $167

2 The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 238 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

From $233

3 The Cartwright Hotel Union Square

3 stars
3.6 / 5 144 reviews

524 Sutter St. Map

Free Wi-Fi, No charge for pets!

The Cartwright Hotel Union Square offers charm and personality, while delivering great value, comfort and excellent service. Conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, close to shopping, dining, entertainment, the Financial District and the... More

From $169

4 Hotel Vertigo

3 stars
3.8 / 5 106 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

From $169

5 InterContinental MARK HOPKINS SAN FRANCISCO

4 stars
4.2 / 5 246 reviews

999 California Street Map

The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco opened in 1926 at the crest of Nob Hill and has been wowing visitors ever since. Visitors flock from all over the city to experience The Top of the Mark, a restaurant and lounge on the 19th floor of the hotel, which... More

From $199

6 Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf

4 stars
4.2 / 5 204 reviews

555 North Point St Map

Includes Two Muni passports good for Muni Transit

This boutique-style hotel is one of the newest in Fisherman's Wharf, and it's also one of the most intimate. From the outside, a brick facade makes the place look like any other wharf building. From the inside, though, an inviting lobby (fireplace and all) and cozy guest... More

From $159

7 Hotel Abri

3 stars
4.2 / 5 87 reviews

127 Ellis Street Map

Formerly the Monticello Inn, Hotel Abri - Union Square sits in one of the hippest areas in San Francisco off Union Square, surrounded by fashion boutiques, art galleries and theaters. The feel of this boutique hotel is cool and hip, with many gadgets at the... More

From $122

8 The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 719 reviews

1050 Van Ness Avenue Map

The Opal of San Francisco is located in the Civic Center-Cathedral Hill neighborhood of downtown San Francisco and has been elegantly serving guests since 1908. Its graceful historic charm comes alive with the original woodwork, stained-glass windows, and antique... More

From $69

9 Casa Loma Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 12 reviews

610 Fillmore St Map

Nestled in and around the beautiful neighborhood of Hayes Valley and the Fillmore District, the Casa Loma Hotel is wonderfully situated close to the various arrays of restaurants, cafes, shops, parks and other activities. This hotel defines San Francisco; trendy yet... More

From $137

10 Comfort Inn By the Bay

3 stars
3.4 / 5 84 reviews

2775 Van Ness Ave. Map

This hotel has been newly renovated. View the new look of our guest rooms and see for yourself. Located on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Lombard - The World's Most Crookedest Street and at the Gateway to Fisherman's Wharf. A ride on the world renowned cable cars... 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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