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It is an area of Bay Area that roughly 800,000 people reside in.
You can find this destination some 75 miles from Sacramento, the state capital of California. It is also around 6 miles from Sausalito.
San Francisco is in a category all on its own. No trip here would be complete without seeing Golden Gate Bridge and the University of San Francisco. Pier 39 and Lombard Street are also famous throughout the world.
Reconnect with your inner-child at the Castro Theatre and the San Francisco Mint. For more fun with the family, head onwards to the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and the Presidio Theater.
Grab the kids and prepare to spend some quality time getting to know the intriguing sea creatures at Aquarium of the Bay and Steinhart Aquarium.
Take photos, enjoy the presentations and learn about our amazing planet at the San Francisco Zoo. Be sure to ask at the entrance about zookeeper presentations and where to find the zoo's favorite specimens.
To learn all about the art of brewing, make sure you visit the Anchor Brewing Company. The welcoming brewmaster will teach you all about the different brewing methods they use, and what it is that makes these beers so delicious.
At the Winery Collective, wine enthusiasts can learn about the region's winemaking traditions, before tasting the final product.
Feeling lucky? Take on the blackjack dealer or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere at the Artichoke Joe's Casino.
Rare and unusual plants, majestic trees and long, meandering footpaths await at the Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The Dahlia Garden and the Queen Wilhelmina Garden are two more great places to wander around.
For fresh air and relaxation, pack some lunch and find a quiet corner at one of the picturesque green spaces, such as the Palace of Fine Arts or Twin Peaks. Golden Gate Park and the Japanese Tea Garden are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon with a good book.
Visitor hubs, such as San Francisco Visitor's Center and Sausalito Visitors Kiosk, are often a great way to get information about local attractions and events. You could also stop in at Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary - Visitor Center and California Welcome Center to get some insider tips from the friendly staff.
Freshwater lakes offer a variety of activities for visitors of all ages. From swimming to bird-watching, there's always some good times to be had. If you feel having a day by the water, check out the activities at San Francisco Bay Sailing, Stow Lake and Lake Merced.
If you've never been good at separating the words "vacation" and "beach" then you're in the right place. There's plenty of coast here to satisfy even the most amphibious travelers. Rockaway Beach and China Beach ought to be at the top of your itinerary. Locals might also point you in the direction of Baker Beach and Miramar Beach.
Lock your phone in the car and have a rest from the noise of the modern world at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Nature lovers will also have a great time at Muir Woods and Angel Island.
Learn all about marine biodiversity and gaze in awe at the deep-sea creatures at JV Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
Schedule a visit to some of the popular cultural spaces in the area. The Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and California Palace of the Legion of Honor are also worth considering.
Study watercraft models and nautical artifacts as you cruise through the collection halls at the San Francisco Maritime Museum.
Browse an excellent range of scientific history objects, models and exhibits as you explore Morrison Planetarium, a renowned science institution.
Our world is an amazing and strange place. If you tend to disagree, a visit to the Mexican Museum and the Kimball Natural History Museum ought to be enough to convince you. The well-maintained displays of the Natural World Museum are also well worth a look.
San Francisco is a hub of artistic activity, with gallery and exhibition spaces galore. Immerse yourself in the trendy atmopshere at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the De Young Museum. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Cartoon Art Museum are also well worth your time if your schedule allows.
Amateur historians can immerse themselves in the past at the Randall Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora. The GLBT History Museum and the Wells Fargo History Museum are also worthwhile options.
Discover the region's past with a trip to the University of California San Francisco and the San Francisco State University, just two of the preserved historic sites here. When it comes to bygone times, there's always more to discover. Coit Tower and the City College of San Francisco are also great places to stop by.
Providing an easy way to cross the city's rivers, Lefty O'Doul Bridge and Bay Bridge offer a terrific view of the flowing river below. Anyone interested in civil engineering excellence should also pass by Francis "Lefty" O'Doul Bridge.
If you are interested in stories of settlement and defense, find a nice vantage point from which to view the defense structures at Fort Point National Historical Site.
Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you'll be sure to enjoy a visit to Grace Cathedral and Mission Dolores. You could also read up on St. Patrick Catholic Church and the San Francisco Zen Center.
Before you pack your bags and head off home, be sure to stop at some of the lesser-known attractions here. The San Francisco Public Library and the Fort Mason are a couple of good options. If you have more time to spare, also check out the California Historical Society or Coyote Point Park.
San Francisco is a popular destination for vacationers, and boasts a fine selection of accommodation options. Expedia's San Francisco hotels guide makes booking easy.
Two of the higher-quality San Francisco options in which you can enjoy some of the best hotel features in town, are the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square, at 900 N Point Street, and The St. Regis San Francisco, at 125 3rd St. Alternatively, The Wharf Inn, at 2601 Mason St, and the Layne Hotel, at 545 Jones St, are a couple of accommodations worth checking out if you are a bit more budget conscious.
Another great option is to stay near Union Square by booking accommodation at the Loews Regency San Francisco, which is just 0.5 miles away. Equally popular is the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, which is 0.2 miles from Union Square.
Vacationing is about so much more than just visiting new places. It's all about the things you can do while you're away!
San Francisco has a huge range of activities. Here are our top options to get you going:
To view a full list of activities, head to the San Francisco things to do page.
Located in the San Francisco theater district with a BART and MUNI station at its entrance, this downtown hotel is 6 blocks from Union Square and within a mile of Moscone Center and SFMOMA.
Hotel Spero is steps away from Union Square, perfectly positioned in the Theater District of San Francisco, 2 blocks from the Powell Street cable car.
The 17-story Hyatt Regency is located on the Embarcadero waterfront, across from the Ferry Building Marketplace, close to the Embarcadero Center, Union Square, and Moscone Convention Center.
Across the street from San Francisco Bay, this boutique hotel occupies a creatively converted 1909 brick warehouse; fun-filled Fisherman's Wharf is right outside; the Alcatraz ferry is 6 blocks away.
The Asian-inspired Hotel Nikko San Francisco is located downtown, a 4-minute walk from Union Square and the designer shops of Westfield San Francisco Centre. Guests can catch a cable car 2 blocks south, and both Curran Theatre and American Conservatory Theater are right around the corner.
This 200-room hotel is 2 miles north of San Francisco International Airport and 10 miles from downtown San Francisco.
2 blocks from the South San Francisco Conference Center and 1 mile from the airport, this hotel offers complimentary airport transportation, and downtown San Francisco is 12 miles north.
Set along a tranquil lagoon, this contemporary resort-style hotel is 11 miles south of San Francisco International Airport and an equidistant 25 miles from San Francisco and San Jose.