City by the Bay Travel Guide

Experience the urban charm of San Francisco. Stay at the luxurious St. Regis Hotel, immerse yourself in Chinatown, go shopping in Ghirardelli Square or sample soul food at Farmer Brown.


Activities
Alcatraz Island
Visit the home to some of America’s most notorious criminals like Al "Scarface" Capone and James "Whitey" Bulger.

Alcatraz Island

Visit the home to some of America’s most notorious criminals like Al "Scarface" Capone and James "Whitey" Bulger.
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Castro Theater
Built in 1922, this historic movie palace was designed by famous Bay Area architect Timothy L. Pflueger. It’s one of the few remaining movie theaters in the US from the 1920s still in operation.
  • 429 Castro Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94114 US

Castro Theater

Built in 1922, this historic movie palace was designed by famous Bay Area architect Timothy L. Pflueger. It’s one of the few remaining movie theaters in the US from the 1920s still in operation.
429 Castro Street San Francisco, CA, US
The Dragon Gate, Chinatown
Enter through the Dragon Gate and immerse yourself in the oldest Chinatown in North America, as well as the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.
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Photo by Noel Baebler
  • Bush Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94108 US

The Dragon Gate, Chinatown

Enter through the Dragon Gate and immerse yourself in the oldest Chinatown in North America, as well as the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.
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Coit Tower
Get awesome views of the City by the Bay from this 210-foot-high Art Deco tower located atop Telegraph Hill.
  • 1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Coit Tower

Get awesome views of the City by the Bay from this 210-foot-high Art Deco tower located atop Telegraph Hill.
1 Telegraph Hill Boulevard San Francisco, CA, US
Ghirardelli Square
Shop 'til you drop at this large retail and restaurant complex located near the city's waterfront. And if you need to satisfy your chocolate fix, stop by Ghirardelli's store for an ice cream sundae or a bite of chocolate.
  • 900 North Point Street
  • E100
  • San Francisco, CA 94109 US

Ghirardelli Square

Shop 'til you drop at this large retail and restaurant complex located near the city's waterfront. And if you need to satisfy your chocolate fix, stop by Ghirardelli's store for an ice cream sundae or a bite of chocolate.
900 North Point Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-775-5500
Golden Gate Park
Explore the more than 1,000 acres that include the de Young Museum, Strawberry Hill, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, California Academy of Sciences and more. Fun Segway tours are also provided at the park.
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  • San Francisco, CA US

Golden Gate Park

Explore the more than 1,000 acres that include the de Young Museum, Strawberry Hill, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, California Academy of Sciences and more. Fun Segway tours are also provided at the park.
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Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood
The bohemian vibe still exists in this historic neighborhood that was once the epicenter of the hippie movement in the 1960s.
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  • Ashbury Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94117 US

Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood

The bohemian vibe still exists in this historic neighborhood that was once the epicenter of the hippie movement in the 1960s.
Ashbury Street San Francisco, CA, US
Fisherman's Wharf
Since the days of the US Gold Rush, Fisherman's Wharf has remained a popular fishing industry hub, but it has grown into a popular tourist destination, featuring the Aquarium of the Bay, Anchorage Square, the 7D Experience and much more!
  • Powell Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Fisherman's Wharf

Since the days of the US Gold Rush, Fisherman's Wharf has remained a popular fishing industry hub, but it has grown into a popular tourist destination, featuring the Aquarium of the Bay, Anchorage Square, the 7D Experience and much more!
Powell Street San Francisco, CA, US
Japanese Tea Garden
Sip a cup of tea at the Japanese Tea House and Garden. The azalea-covered waterfall, regal lanterns and statues, the Zen garden and the scent of sweet wisteria are all intoxicating sights and smells to help relax stressed locals and tourists.
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  • 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118 US

Japanese Tea Garden

Sip a cup of tea at the Japanese Tea House and Garden. The azalea-covered waterfall, regal lanterns and statues, the Zen garden and the scent of sweet wisteria are all intoxicating sights and smells to help relax stressed locals and tourists.
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-752-1171
Lombard Street
Just between you and me, it’s really not the crookedest road in San Francisco, but it’s fun to watch drivers maneuver their way through the switchbacks on the block between Hyde and Jones Streets.
  • Lombard Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Lombard Street

Just between you and me, it’s really not the crookedest road in San Francisco, but it’s fun to watch drivers maneuver their way through the switchbacks on the block between Hyde and Jones Streets.
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Pier 39
Amazing views, sea lions and chowder bowls are all things tourists will run across when visiting the popular pier with 2 levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions.
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Photo by Mario Savoia
  • Beach Street & The Embarcadero
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Pier 39

Amazing views, sea lions and chowder bowls are all things tourists will run across when visiting the popular pier with 2 levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions.
Beach Street & The Embarcadero San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 425-981-7437
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Founded in 1935 and featuring more than 27,000 artworks, SFMOMA is the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art.
  • 151 3rd Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94103 US

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1935 and featuring more than 27,000 artworks, SFMOMA is the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art.
151 3rd Street San Francisco, CA, US
Yerba Buena Gardens
This multi-purpose public facility includes a Children's Creativity Carousel, the Cho-En Butterfly Garden, Ohlone Indian Memorial and the Esplanade -- more than 5 acres full of meadows, trees, public art, waterfalls and small cafes.
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Photo by Yenwen Lu
  • 750 Folsom Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94103 US

Yerba Buena Gardens

This multi-purpose public facility includes a Children's Creativity Carousel, the Cho-En Butterfly Garden, Ohlone Indian Memorial and the Esplanade -- more than 5 acres full of meadows, trees, public art, waterfalls and small cafes.
750 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-820-3550

Hotels
Golden Gate Hotel
This moderately priced, quaint Edwardian inn is located between Union Square and the top of Nob Hill. Managers boast that 75% of their guests are returning visitors or referrals.
  • 775 Bush Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94108 US

Golden Gate Hotel

This moderately priced, quaint Edwardian inn is located between Union Square and the top of Nob Hill. Managers boast that 75% of their guests are returning visitors or referrals.
775 Bush Street San Francisco, CA, US
Hotel Bohème
This hotel’s bohemian décor reflects the culture and taste of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood in the late 50s. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.
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  • 444 Columbus Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Hotel Bohème

This hotel’s bohemian décor reflects the culture and taste of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood in the late 50s. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.
444 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-433-9111
Hotel Union Square
San Francisco's first boutique hotel is located in the city's shopping district. The hotel's suites pay homage to literary aficionados, and there's a special "Kids Suite" with child-friendly amenities, including a computer, books and games.
  • 114 Powell Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94102 US

Hotel Union Square

San Francisco's first boutique hotel is located in the city's shopping district. The hotel's suites pay homage to literary aficionados, and there's a special "Kids Suite" with child-friendly amenities, including a computer, books and games.
114 Powell Street San Francisco, CA, US
Inn on Castro
Stay at the 7-room bed and breakfast located on Castro Street or enjoy the privacy of the Inn's 2 apartments on Caselli Avenue and Douglas Street. Located close to the Castro’s shops and bars, these are perfect accommodations for GLBT travelers.
  • 321 Castro Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94114 US

Inn on Castro

Stay at the 7-room bed and breakfast located on Castro Street or enjoy the privacy of the Inn's 2 apartments on Caselli Avenue and Douglas Street. Located close to the Castro’s shops and bars, these are perfect accommodations for GLBT travelers.
321 Castro Street San Francisco, CA, US
InterContinental San Francisco
Located in San Fran’s SoMa neighborhood, this hotel features high-tech guest rooms, a lap pool, a well-reviewed spa and Michelin-star restaurant that make it one of the best value hotels in the city.
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  • 888 Howard Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94103 US

InterContinental San Francisco

Located in San Fran’s SoMa neighborhood, this hotel features high-tech guest rooms, a lap pool, a well-reviewed spa and Michelin-star restaurant that make it one of the best value hotels in the city.
888 Howard Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-616-6500
Laurel Inn
This moderately priced hotel is located steps away from stylish boutiques, intimate dining spots and within walking distance to the historic Presidio National Park. We recommend a drink at the Swank Cocktail & Coffee Club to help you unwind.
  • 444 Presidio Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94115 US

Laurel Inn

This moderately priced hotel is located steps away from stylish boutiques, intimate dining spots and within walking distance to the historic Presidio National Park. We recommend a drink at the Swank Cocktail & Coffee Club to help you unwind.
444 Presidio Avenue San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-567-8467
The St. Regis San Francisco
Stay in luxury! The Remede Spa and pool, 24-hour butler service, rooms with great beds and bathrooms and the critically-acclaimed Ame restaurant are all reasons why you should stay at this high-end, luxury hotel.
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  • 125 3rd Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94103 US

The St. Regis San Francisco

Stay in luxury! The Remede Spa and pool, 24-hour butler service, rooms with great beds and bathrooms and the critically-acclaimed Ame restaurant are all reasons why you should stay at this high-end, luxury hotel.
125 3rd Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-284-4000

Restaurants & Bars
Café Flore
Located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, this restaurant is known as the best place to meet up for brunch because of its fun, self-service atmosphere. This is the spot for you if you enjoy having a good meal al fresco while people watching.
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  • 2298 Market Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94114 US

Café Flore

Located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, this restaurant is known as the best place to meet up for brunch because of its fun, self-service atmosphere. This is the spot for you if you enjoy having a good meal al fresco while people watching.
2298 Market Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-621-8579
Farmer Brown
Support African-American farmers at this unique soul food restaurant. Chef Jay Foster marries farm-fresh southern cuisine with local bay area ingredients in a down-home, soulful atmosphere.
  • 25 Mason Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94102 US

Farmer Brown

Support African-American farmers at this unique soul food restaurant. Chef Jay Foster marries farm-fresh southern cuisine with local bay area ingredients in a down-home, soulful atmosphere.
25 Mason Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-409-3276
Flour and Water
Pasta lovers will enjoy dining at this reasonably-priced restaurant. Up to 8 types of fresh pasta are on the menu each day. We recommend visitors try the wood-fired margherita or salsiccia pizza. Delicious!
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  • 2401 Harrison Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94110 US

Flour and Water

Pasta lovers will enjoy dining at this reasonably-priced restaurant. Up to 8 types of fresh pasta are on the menu each day. We recommend visitors try the wood-fired margherita or salsiccia pizza. Delicious!
2401 Harrison Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-826-7000
Range
Husband and wife team, Phil and Cameron West, serve up a variety of interesting dishes, including chicken liver mousse, pilsner steamed mussels, red wine braised beef, yuba lasagna and olive oil poached flounder with Dungeness crab.
  • 842 Valencia Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94110 US

Range

Husband and wife team, Phil and Cameron West, serve up a variety of interesting dishes, including chicken liver mousse, pilsner steamed mussels, red wine braised beef, yuba lasagna and olive oil poached flounder with Dungeness crab.
842 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-282-8283
Spruce
At this restaurant, it's about the organically grown produce, naturally raised meats, line-caught fish and perfectly aged cheeses. Try Chef Mark Sullivan's refined dishes where the flavors of the ingredients take center stage.
  • 3640 Sacramento Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94118 US

Spruce

At this restaurant, it's about the organically grown produce, naturally raised meats, line-caught fish and perfectly aged cheeses. Try Chef Mark Sullivan's refined dishes where the flavors of the ingredients take center stage.
3640 Sacramento Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-931-5100
Slanted Door
Chef Charles Phan puts his knowledge into practice at this Mission district test kitchen where his team recreates original Vietnamese dishes with a twist, including crispy Monterey squid and spiced duck breast.
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  • 1 Ferry Building #3
  • San Francisco, CA 94111 US

Slanted Door

Chef Charles Phan puts his knowledge into practice at this Mission district test kitchen where his team recreates original Vietnamese dishes with a twist, including crispy Monterey squid and spiced duck breast.
1 Ferry Building #3 San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-861-8032
Swan Oyster Depot
Make a pit stop at this tasty depot for fresh seafood, counter seating and a friendly staff, which all come together to make a fun, but tasty dining experience in San Fran.
  • 1517 Polk Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94109 US

Swan Oyster Depot

Make a pit stop at this tasty depot for fresh seafood, counter seating and a friendly staff, which all come together to make a fun, but tasty dining experience in San Fran.
1517 Polk Street San Francisco, CA, US
Yank Sing Dim Sum
Yank Sing opened its doors in 1958, and today it still serves up the best dim sum in the city. We recommend trying the classic shu mai with fresh pork and shrimp stuffed inside.
  • 101 Spear Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94105 US

Yank Sing Dim Sum

Yank Sing opened its doors in 1958, and today it still serves up the best dim sum in the city. We recommend trying the classic shu mai with fresh pork and shrimp stuffed inside.
101 Spear Street San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-781-1111

Transportation
Golden Gate Bridge
Take a 1.7-mile walk or bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge for breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay.
Golden Gate Bridge
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  • San Francisco, CA 94129 US

Golden Gate Bridge

Take a 1.7-mile walk or bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge for breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-921-5858
San Francisco International Airport
Located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, the airport is actually located near Millbrae and San Bruno. It is the 2nd busiest airport in California and the 12th largest airport in the world.
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  • 780 S Airport Blvd
  • San Francisco, CA 94128 US

San Francisco International Airport

Located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, the airport is actually located near Millbrae and San Bruno. It is the 2nd busiest airport in California and the 12th largest airport in the world.
780 S Airport Blvd San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 650-821-8211
San Francisco Cable Car
A trip to the City by the Bay isn’t complete until you’ve taken a cable car ride. The Powell-Mason line -- the most popular route -- runs up and over Nob Hill and down to Bay Street at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 1201 Mason Street
  • San Francisco, CA 94108 US

San Francisco Cable Car

A trip to the City by the Bay isn’t complete until you’ve taken a cable car ride. The Powell-Mason line -- the most popular route -- runs up and over Nob Hill and down to Bay Street at Fisherman’s Wharf.
1201 Mason Street San Francisco, CA, US
Muni (San Fran Municipal Transportation Agency)
It’s the slowest major transit system in America, running at 8.1 mph, but more than 200 million people ride the Muni every year. The railway runs year round and some routes operate 24 hours a day.
  • Market St.
  • San Francisco, CA 94102 US

Muni (San Fran Municipal Transportation Agency)

It’s the slowest major transit system in America, running at 8.1 mph, but more than 200 million people ride the Muni every year. The railway runs year round and some routes operate 24 hours a day.
Market St. San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-701-2311
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
BART -- the 5th busiest heavy-rail rapid system in US -- connects San Francisco with cities in the East Bay and suburbs in northern San Mateo County. It operates 5 lines on 104 miles of track with 44 stations in 4 counties.
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  • PO Box 12688.
  • Oakland, CA 94604 US

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

BART -- the 5th busiest heavy-rail rapid system in US -- connects San Francisco with cities in the East Bay and suburbs in northern San Mateo County. It operates 5 lines on 104 miles of track with 44 stations in 4 counties.
PO Box 12688. Oakland, CA, US
Phone: +1 510-464-7134
Golden Gate Ferry Service
This ferry service provides tourists with a close view of the Golden Gate Bridge and a chance to visit other nearby coastal towns like Larkspur, or even the Giants’ AT&T Park.
  • 101 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd
  • Larkspur, CA 94939 US

Golden Gate Ferry Service

This ferry service provides tourists with a close view of the Golden Gate Bridge and a chance to visit other nearby coastal towns like Larkspur, or even the Giants’ AT&T Park.
101 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd Larkspur, CA, US
Staff Pick
Blue and Gold Fleet
Take a day trip! This fleet of ferries provides regular service around the Bay Area to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda and Oakland and select service to AT&T Park.
  • Pier 41, Marine Terminal
  • San Francisco, CA 94133 US

Blue and Gold Fleet

Take a day trip! This fleet of ferries provides regular service around the Bay Area to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, Alameda and Oakland and select service to AT&T Park.
Pier 41, Marine Terminal San Francisco, CA, US
Phone: +1 415-773-1188