Learn of the city's history, while staying in our San Francisco accommodation by visiting the Museum of the City of San Francisco. Or drink where the big-name poets of the 1960s used to drink, Vesuvius, in the North Beach area of San Francisco. Be sure to visit Fisherman's Wharf on Pier 39 and sample the fantastic seafood, see the sea lions at K-dock and visit the Aquarium of the Bay.
There are many museums worth a visit, all within close proximity to your San Francisco hotel, including: The Museum of Modern Art, which boasts Warhols and Rauschenbergs in an architecturally stunning building; the Asian Art Museum, which boasts over 15,000 objects up to 6,000 years old from all Asian cultures; the de Young Museum; and the Cartoon Art Museum. Release your inner child when you stay in our San Francisco hotels by visiting the area's theme parks, Paramount's Great America and Six Flags Marine World. Or visit the San Francisco Zoo and see over 1,000 exotic and endangered animals. Or perhaps, head out to Alcatraz Island and visit its famous penitentiary, home to Al Capone in the 1930s - you’ll love the stunning views of San Francisco Bay.
Our hotels in San Francisco are in great location to explore the city's gay and lesbian sights. San Francisco has the world's highest per capita gay population, which is no surprise considering the city has long been a champion for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) rights. There are a number of historic sites not to be missed: Harvey Milk Plaza, a tribute to the gay rights activist and former City supervisor who was assassinated; Pink Triangle, dedicated to the millions of gays who were victims of the holocaust; and the National AIDS Memorial Grove at the eastern end of Golden Gate Park. The city's main gay neighbourhood is the Castro, but gay and lesbian hotspots can also be found in Polk Street Gulch and The Mission or South of Market. We also have a wide range of gay friendly hotels in San Francisco.
Our hotels in San Francisco make the perfect base for exploring the internationally renowned Napa Valley wine region, only an hour's drive north of the city. While in the Napa Valley be sure to visit Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, which offers food and wine tastings, lectures, films and exhibitions. Another attraction in the Napa Valley not to be missed is the Old Faithful Geyser of California - sprouting steam high into the air.
San Francisco is saturated with culinary riches and a world class music scene. Before you leave San Francisco make sure that you sample many of the culinary delights on offer, from brunch to al fresco dining, wine galleries to brew pubs, and fine dining with remarkable views. You’ll also find a bar, lounge or club that suits every taste! With so much to see and do, be sure to make every minute of your visit count. Book your hotel in San Francsico today, and you’ll be a step closer to your San Francisco experience!
The city's story
However, delve into San Francisco's history and you'll find that, unlike the movies, the city has a real story to tell. San Francisco's population exploded with the Gold Rush of the 1840s, making it the largest city on the West Coast during that era. Banks, merchants (including the now famous Ghriadelli chocolatier), and the arrival of the first transcontinental railroad, brought enough wealth to build churches, theaters, and the first cable cars. San Francisco flourished, becoming a beacon of culture and lavishness in the otherwise underdeveloped American West. Prosperity during this period led to the construction of the city's countless Victorian-style homes and buildings, which have become a contemporary attraction among tourists and locals alike.
San Francisco has often been referred to as a hub of liberal thinking and mixing of cultures; it's well known as the site of the Summer of Love and an early leader in the United States' gay rights movement. Almost 40 per cent of the city's population was born overseas, creating a diverse mixture of people and neighborhoods, including one of the largest Chinatowns in America, Little Italy, and the Latin America-flavored Mission District. The city saw an influx of writers and artists in the 1950s, hippies in the 1960s, and another financial boom in the 1990s with the advent of the Internet - all of which have made San Francisco a wealthy city with a high standard of living and a robust entertainment and arts scene.
Something for everyone
San Francisco is home to many iconic sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the Coit Tower. Try a cruise for a great tour of the harbor or get a city pass to visit all the famous sights.
Numerous, undulating hills crisscrossed by cable cars are also characteristic of the city. A tight collection of distinct neighborhoods, San Francisco is easy to explore on foot (with a little help from the cable cars or a double-decker bus for the steeper hills). Find department-store shopping and entertainment in Union Square and the Financial District; souvenirs and tourists at Fisherman's Wharf; luxurious hotels and views on Nob/Russian Hill; and remnants of hippy bohemia in the Haight.
As the United States' second most densely populated (and highly visited) city, San Francisco offers new sights and treasures around every corner and something for almost every type of traveller. Hide