San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Vacations

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Your gay San Francisco vacation

San Fran’s LGBT scene is mature, developed, multi-faceted and so integrated into the fabric of city life that it’s like living in a parallel gay universe. San Francisco has an especially visible and large lesbian scene, with more women-focused establishments than cities twice its size. Beyond the classic gayborhood of the Castro, gays and lesbians can be found in every district of the city, but especially in lesbian-popular Noe Valley and the Mission and around the gay establishments of SoMa (South of Market).

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming San Francisco hotels

From $185

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 403 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 15% on your stay

Overlook the beautiful city of San Francisco when you stay in a tower room at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square in San Francisco. With skyline views and many rooms to choose from, guests have many choices when staying at The Westin. This historic building dates back to 1904, and offers guests three... More

From $199

W San Francisco

4 stars
4.1 / 5 79 reviews

San Francisco, California

Located in the heart of the SoMa District, San Francisco's W Hotel is modern, sleek and sophisticated. The hotel is neighbors with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and sits a block away from the city's famous Yerba Buena gardens. It's also across the street from the Moscone Convention Center, making the on-site... More

From $189

Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection

4 stars
4.0 / 5 201 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate Includes Breakfast

"Handsome" and "debonair" are two words guests use to describe the Hotel Adagio, situated just two blocks from San Francisco's Union Square. With Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Mediterranean accents and an on-site bar that serves tapas-style dishes, the hotel has a decidedly European flair. It also is intimate,... More

From $159

Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 384 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 30%

Located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, the family-owned and operated Handlery Union Square Hotel is just steps away from the Powell Street cable car line, world class shops, the Moscone Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Enjoy traditional accommodations in the Historic Section or... More

From $209

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

4 stars
4.1 / 5 308 reviews

San Francisco, California

The 39-story San Francisco Marriott Marquis caters to two very different customers: business travelers and families. On the business front, the property sits mere blocks from Moscone Convention Center and boasts 117,000 square feet of its own meeting space (more than any other hotel in town). On the family front, guests... More

From $189

Hotel Kabuki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 271 reviews

San Francisco, California

Elegant furnishings and rice-paper screens characterize this 16-story Japantown icon, which anchors the east end of the Japan Center near Pacific Heights. The hotel opened in 1968 and was renovated completely in 2007. Guests of the Hotel Kabuki can choose between rooms with Eastern or Western flair. The O Izakaya Lounge... More

From $162

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 261 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 20% on your stay

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 provides the perfect spot for an afternoon snack (or drink); while the open-air "living room" is a great spot for... More

From $167

The Stanford Court

4 stars
4.3 / 5 238 reviews

San Francisco, California

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 views of the City and the Bay and luxurious... More

From $179

Hotel Abri

3 stars
4.2 / 5 87 reviews

San Francisco, California

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 disposal of guests, and a slick, cutting-edge meeting... More

From $185

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

4 stars
4.2 / 5 376 reviews

San Francisco, California

Centrally located near Union Square, Hotel Nikko San Francisco is a modern getaway in a historic location. If the weather is a bit misty, you can relax in the fifth-story heated pool in the hotel's glassed-in solarium. Let the stress of the day melt away in comfortable loungers with a drink in your hand and some yummy... More

From $199

Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 166 reviews

San Francisco, California

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Grand in architecture and design, the Sir Francis Drake is a majestic hotel with connections to the past and present. The restored 1930s lobby -- complete with classically attired doormen -- invokes the Italian renaissance, while rooms boast modern conveniences such as TV and high-speed Internet access (fees apply). Food... More

From $209

San Francisco Marriott Union Square

4 stars
4.1 / 5 107 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

Location is everything for the San Francisco Marriott Union Square hotel. The property rises 30 stories above the confluence of a number of downtown neighborhoods, including Union Square, SoMa, the Financial District and the Theater District. It's also within walking distance of Chinatown and North Beach. Rooms are... More

From $229

JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square

4 stars
4.3 / 5 42 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

Discover the JW lifestyle at JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. Distinguished among hotels in San Francisco, our luxurious guest rooms provide the comforts of home with the world-class amenities you expect. From lush pillow-top mattresses, ergonomic Herman Miller Aeron chairs and available 24-hour personal butler... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay San Francisco hotels

From $245

Argonaut, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 92 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 25% on your stay

Offering some of the most picturesque accommodations in San Francisco our rooms celebrate this Kimpton Hotels waterfront location. Many of our 252 guestrooms and 13 suites offer stunning views of San Francisco landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Coit Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid. More

From $210

Palomar San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 40 reviews

San Francisco, California

Save 10% on your stay

Best described as a sort of boho-luxe style, the secluded Palomar San Francisco, a Kimpton Hotel occupies the top five floors of a beautiful historic building set two blocks away from Union Square. The hotel decor is warm and inviting, with red accents, based loosely on the Art Deco style of the 1930s. The Palomar San... More

From $259

Fairmont San Francisco

5 stars
4.3 / 5 181 reviews

San Francisco, California

Perched in regal splendor atop historic Nob Hill, the Fairmont San Francisco in San Francisco invites both business and leisure guests into an effortlessly elegant world of sumptuous accommodations, fine dining and exemplary service. A magnificent marriage of classic and modern sophistication, recently renovated rooms... More

From $152

Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 259 reviews

San Francisco, California

Green is the reality at the Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre property. The Nob Hill hotel is certified by the city of San Francisco as a green business, is one of the few hotels in town to have solar panels, and was the first hotel in the U.S. to receive the LEED EB O&M distinction. The structure itself is historic, and... More

From $169

Inn at Oyster Point

3 stars
4.2 / 5 31 reviews

South San Francisco, California

Newly renovated boutique style Inn located on the San Francisco Bay approximately two miles north of the San Francisco Airport. Expansive guestrooms feature triple sheeted comfort beds, fireplaces, and views of the bay. Complimentary continental breakfast delivered to rooms. On-call airport transportation available... More

From $150

BEST WESTERN PLUS Americania

3 stars
3.5 / 5 105 reviews

San Francisco, California

With a whitewashed pop-culture style straight out of South Beach, the Americania is one of the funkiest hotels in all of San Francisco. Each guestroom features retro-style furnishings and board games. Elsewhere around the property, understated references (think murals) to classic American pastimes abound. Custom Burger... More

From $429

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

5 stars
4.4 / 5 20 reviews

San Francisco, California

Rate includes breakfast

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco epitomizes the true meaning of luxury. This award-winning hotel is in a magnificent 1909 building complete with classical portico and columns, and recently completed a comprehensive $12.5 million USD refurbishment. Parallel 37 serves Californian and international cuisines while the Lobby... More

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Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Wed, Jul 29 - Sun, Aug 2 $336
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Aug 26 - Sat, Aug 29 $125
Boston San Francisco Thu, Jul 23 - Tue, Jul 28 $330
Chicago San Francisco Wed, Aug 19 - Tue, Aug 25 $217
Denver San Francisco Thu, Aug 27 - Tue, Sep 1 $217
Washington DC San Francisco Sat, Aug 29 - Wed, Sep 2 $390
Seattle San Francisco Wed, Jul 22 - Tue, Jul 28 $163
Newark San Francisco Tue, Aug 25 - Wed, Aug 26 $380
Dallas San Francisco Wed, Aug 26 - Tue, Sep 1 $225
Minneapolis San Francisco Wed, Aug 26 - Tue, Sep 1 $286
Honolulu San Francisco Wed, Aug 5 - Sat, Aug 15 $569
Philadelphia San Francisco Wed, Aug 26 - Tue, Sep 1 $326
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  • Seeing the sights

    San Francisco is like a movie set -- cinematic at every turn -- and every part of the city is steeped in history. There’s the enduring hippie-vibe of the Haight, crackling Chinatown, cafe-laden North Beach and the Union Square shopping district. Also worth seeing are elegant Nob Hill, the picturesque Marina area and the sweeping views of Twin Peaks.

    Can’t-miss landmarks

    Tourist-choked but still worth-it attractions include Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and above all, the 1,000-plus-acre Golden Gate Park, one of the world’s great urban parks. Here you’ll find the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the stunning de Young Museum, as well as miles of groves and trails.

    Eventful LGBT San Fran

    It seems that San Francisco is always having some sort of street fair or event, but most occur in summer and fall. The main gay events are the Pride celebration in late June, along with the huge LGBT film festival; the leathery Folsom Street Fair in late September and the smaller but also raunchy Up Your Alley Fair in late July. The locals-friendly Castro Street Fair (founded by the city’s early gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk) kicks off in early October.

  • Ditch the car

    BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains link the San Francisco and Oakland airports to the city. Most San Franciscans don’t even own cars, and getting around is a cinch with a well-developed public transit system of trams, trolleys and buses.

    Visit in September

    First-timers can be shocked at how cold San Francisco gets in the winter and even in early summer. The nicest weather is in September, the time to hit the area’s beaches and explore the outdoors. But it’s a good idea to pack a jacket any time of year.

    The weather is neighborhood-specific

    The Avenues (the westernmost parts of San Francisco) are known to be foggy even if the rest of the city is sunny, while neighborhoods south and east of Twin Peaks tend to be warmer.

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