San Francisco

Live the Cali lifestyle in the bohemian City by the Bay. Laid-back and packed with things to see and do, holidays to San Francisco are unforgettable. The legacy of flower power really left its mark on this arty city, with its cool neighbourhoods and hip hang-outs. Gaze at the Golden Gate Bridge, zip up and down on the famous trams and eat first class seafood at Fisherman's Wharf. San Francisco's diverse neighbourhoods offer up delicious international food, quirky shops, indie galleries and brilliant nightlife. It's perfect for stylish city breaks, but holidays to San Francisco can also be part of a wider USA tour. Pair S.F. with a stay in L.A., or delve into the Napa Valley for wine and nature. Talk to us about your dream USA itinerary and we'll help you make it come true.


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San Francisco facts at a glance
Flight time:
12 hours
Time difference:
-8 hours
Currency:
United States dollar
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

Holidays to San Francisco are popular year-round, but summer's a great time to go. The warmest month is actually September, when daytime highs peak 22°C. Winters are mild in the daytime, but can be chilly at night.

Things to do

There are plenty of sights to see on San Francisco holidays and it's easy to get around on the iconic trams. Hop on a harbour cruise and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, or take a trip to Alcatraz. See the sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf, or mingle with the surf crowd at Ocean Beach. The skyline looks amazing from a helicopter ride; head up to Nob Hill to see where Vertigo and Bullit were filmed. SF retail therapy is excellent, with everything from unique boutiques to designer labels. Chinatown's shops are great for cute souvenirs – and the Golden Gate Cookie Factory lets you see how fortune cookies are made. When it comes to museums, you're spoilt for choice by the big names and one-off galleries. Families in particular love the California Academy of Science, where an aquarium, planetarium and natural history museum all gather in one place. Other great days out for children (and adults) include San Francisco Zoo and the city's three theme parks. When you're ready for some space and fresh air, escape to the Napa Valley vineyards.

Food and drink

You'll find food from all over the world on San Francisco holidays: Italian treats at North Beach, just-rolled sushi in Japantown, and hot dim sum in Chinatown. But don't miss the local speciality: cioppino (seafood stew) and sourdough bread, best washed down with a glass of Napa Valley wine.

In the evening

You'll discover plenty to do after dark in San Francisco. The city's bohemian personality lends itself perfectly to parties, with everything from gay clubs to bonfire parties on the beach. In SoMa (south of Market), dance clubs and art lounges rub shoulders, whilst the Mission district is full of hipster haunts. Union Square and the Marina District offer more in the way of upscale cocktail bars, whilst North Beach, home of the Beatnik scene, is now more bright lights and go-go bars.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.

All Passengers travelling to the USA require a compulsory ESTA (visa) to gain entry into the county to find out more please click here


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