San Francisco Travel Guide & Information

San Francisco is one of the world's foremost travel destinations, with its famous tourist attractions and eclectic neighborhoods. Often voted “The Best City in the USA”, San Francisco has long been known for its colorful history, dramatic beauty, funky neighborhoods, exquisite, worldly cuisine and its laissez-faire attitude.

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Travel to San Francisco, a city surrounded by hills and the Pacific Ocean, yet with an urban environment, including the famed Golden Gate Bridge, sprinkled with sailboats and 14 small islands, including the notorious Alcatraz, the San Francisco Bay is the largest inlet on the Californian Coast. San Francisco is the perfect holiday, well worth booking flights to San Francisco, for those who are looking for adventure, lots of walking, cool museums, awesome attractions and mouthwatering, unforgettable cuisine.

Today, San Francisco is a popular international tourist destination renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and famous landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, Coit Tower and Chinatown, to name a few. The city has a plethora of sightseeing and adventures to pursue during your vacation.

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Things to do in San Francisco

Museums:

From modern day collections to contemporary and indigenous art, San Francisco has numerous museums for travelers to spend time exploring American and San Francisco history and culture.

M.H. de Young Memorial Museum: Commonly called de Young Museum, it is a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It is named after the early San Francisco newspaperman M. H. de Young. The de Young exhibits American decorative pieces, textiles and paintings from the Rockefeller Collection of American Art. It is home to the annual floral exhibit "Bouquets to Art". Other permanent collections include the African and Oceanic collections along with the 'Art of the Americas' collection, by curator, Kathleen Berrin.

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Cable Car Museum: The Cable Car Museum is a free museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The museum contains several examples of old cable cars, together with smaller exhibits and a shop. The museum is part of the complex that also houses the cable car power house, which drives the cables and the car depot.

Cartoon Art Museum: The Cartoon Art Museum specializes in the art of comics and cartoons. It is the only museum in the Western United States dedicated to the preservation of all forms of cartoon art and houses approximately 6,000 pieces, including original animation cells, comic book pages and early newspaper comic strips in its permanent collection.

Prominent Landmarks:

San Francisco, a culturally diverse city has so much to offer and here is a list of "Must See" sightseeing, which you ought to visit when vacationing in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge: Golden Gate Bridge is perhaps the most recognizable landmark in San Francisco and one of the most famous bridges in the United States. The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed during the year 1937. In 1999, it was ranked fifth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

Lincoln Park: Lincoln Park provides majestic views of the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge, from the Ocean side and the Pacific Ocean. At the western end of the city, the well known Cliff House provides exceptional views and is both a semi-casual and formal dining restaurant and bar.

Transamerica Pyramid: The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest and most recognizable skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Designed by architect, William Pereira, at a height of 260 m, it is currently tied for 105th tallest building in the world. The building is a four-sided pyramid with two "wings" on opposite sides of the building.

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Where to Stay in San Francisco:

San Francisco's hotels run the gamut from top of the line luxury to modest motels, bed and breakfast inns and hostels. Visitors will have plenty of options to choose from, cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99 and much more.

Cow Hollow & The Marina: The area is an ideal choice for those who looking for budget hotels and for backpackers. Lombard Street is a good place to look for motels, too. More motels and motel-like hotels can be found on Van Ness Avenue. The Marina and Cow Hollow also feature some of the City's better bed and breakfast hotels.

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Union Square: Union Square is one of San Francisco’s biggest shopping areas. Travelers will also find lots of theater and art in this part of the city. Located in the center of the city and near many of San Francisco skyscrapers downtown, Market Street and Fisherman’s Wharf, this area is a terrific place to stay. Union Square boasts many fine art galleries, some of the best restaurants in the city and serves as San Francisco's main theater district, featuring many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Those looking for premier hotels and luxury hotels will love this area, especially.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

San Francisco Travel Information on passport and visa guidelines are as follows:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit San Francisco

Summer is a popular time with visitors, so expect crowds, especially on weekends.

San Francisco is packed with year-round activities and mild weather, though the phrase "The coldest winter I ever spent was my summer in San Francisco", is due to rolling fog in the late afternoon, bringing temperatures down to 50 degrees at times.

Travelers also visit during the holidays. Similarly, San Francisco has become a popular year round destination.

We urge you to make hotel and flight reservations at least 21-days in advance of your vacation to San Francisco.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (May to October)

Low season: (November to April)

San Francisco Weather/Climate

San Francisco's climate is characteristic of California’s climate with mild, wet winters and dry, cool summers, except for the fog during the summers.

* Since it is surrounded on three sides by water, San Francisco's climate is strongly influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean.

* The location of San Francisco tends to have moderate temperature swings and produce a remarkably mild climate with little seasonal temperature variation.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in many parts of San Francisco.

Languages:

* People in San Francisco also speak Mandarin or Cantonese Chinese & Spanish.