From its setting on a hilly peninsula, to its man-made icons - the cable cars, the Victorian architecture, the skyscrapers and bridges - San Francisco is a city of immense physical presence. One of the few American cities not dominated by the automobile, it is a tightly packed mosaic of neighborhoods and sights that are best explored on foot.
Stroll to Chinatown for dim sum, and on to South of Market, where art galleries abound. Ascend Nob Hill, where grand hotels command the views, and scale Russian Hill for its restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Descend again via Lombard Street, that gorgeous brick-paved thoroughfare known as "the crookedest street in the world".
Grab some shade under one of the million trees that dot Golden Gate Park. Take a cable car to Fisherman's Wharf to sit along the old waterfront, eat seafood, and embark for Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge.
Yet the city's real spirit resides in its people, and there are dozens of mini-cultures to embrace. The Mission District is a mix of Latinos and Bohemians. A former hippie magnet, The Haight is now the center of laid-back living. And the Castro is the epicenter of West Coast gay life.
San Francisco is much more than a beautiful city to visit - it's an American original to experience!
San Francisco Sightseeing
San Francisco Deluxe City Tour
California Wine Country
Monterey Bay Aquarium & Carmel
Napa Valley Wine Train by Motorcoach
20-Minute Helicopter Tour
Hornblower Dinner Cruise
Muir Woods & Sausalito
Helicopter Tour with Lunch and Afternoon in Sausalito
Deluxe City Tour & Bay Cruise
30-Minute Helicopter Tour
Hornblower Brunch Cruise
Helicopter Tour with Sunset Dinner
Hyatt At Fisherman's Wharf - A relaxed ambience infuses this comfortable, modern hotel situated just blocks from Ghirardelli Square, Russian Hill, and The Cannery. Work out on the stair climber in the fitness center, let tensions melt away in the sauna, and catch a game of Knuckles, voted "#1 Sports Bar in San Francisco" by Men's Health.
Argonaut Hotel - Plush rooms rich in historic detail and modern conveniences highlight this sophisticated, AAA 4-Diamond Kimpton hotel with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. It's a pleasant stroll from the waterfront to the Embarcadero, Russian Hill, and Ghirardelli Square.
Tuscan Inn, A Kimpton Hotel - Enjoy a unique and opulent experience at the full-service European-style Tuscan Inn, a Kimpton Boutique property. Be greeted by a cozy lobby fireplace, and retreat to guest rooms that provide the rich feel of an Italian country-side villa. An ideal location and impeccable service have earned this hotel top honors from Frommers since 1997 - 8 consecutive years!
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf - North Beach, Telegraph Hill, and Chinatown are just a few blocks from this AAA 4-Diamond hotel and one block from pier 39 and the ferries to Alcatraz Island. Relax in style and comfort on Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, dine on American fare at the Compass Grill, and spend some time lounging at the pool and sundeck.
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco - Trademark Ritz-Carlton luxury and outstanding service distinguish this hotel featured on Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List 2005" as well as Travel and Leisure's "500 List" of the world's best hotels. Guest rooms feature plush feather beds, Egyptian bed linens, plush terry robes, and marble baths. The Dining Room is one of only 14 Mobil 5-Star restaurants in the US.
The Fairmont San Francisco - Recently restored to its original 1907 splendor, this landmark grand hotel high atop Nob Hill represents the ultimate in hospitality and gracious service. The guest rooms feature marble baths and luxury amenities. The famed Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar serves one-of-a-kind wines from Northern California boutique wineries.
St. Regis Hotel - The recently opened St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco will usher in a new chapter of extraordinary hospitality. This exquisite hotel is a prestigious landmark of architectural bravura, incorporating the Williams Building, that will be home to signature restaurant, Ame and a 9,000 square foot Remede Spa.
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco - Outstanding service and luxurious guest rooms highlight this downtown property, featured on Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List 2005" and the Travel and Leisure "500 List" of the world's best hotels. Seasons Restaurant serves contemporary California cuisine, and the on-site Sports Club/LA features weight training, a pool, and a full-service spa.
Clift - A magnet for visiting celebs and jet-setters, this ultra-hip Ian Schrager hotel is known for its renovation by modernist designer Philippe Starck, as well as for Jeffrey Chodorow's acclaimed Asia de Cuba restaurant. Plush bedding, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and luxurious fabrics characterize the ample rooms.
Grand Hyatt San Francisco - In the center of the city's premier shopping district, this AAA 4-Diamond luxury hotel is close to Chinatown, Yerba Buena Gardens, and other top attractions. The fitness center hums with Lifecycles and Stairmasters, and Grandviews Restaurant serves up American fare and wonderful views from the 36th floor.
Westin St. Francis - This turn-of-the-century downtown landmark, a AAA 4-Diamond hotel, is renowned for its solicitous service. Indulge in refined American fare at superstar chef Michael Mina's eponymous eatery, relax with a deep tissue massage at the spa, and fall back into a plush Westin Heavenly Bed in an elegantly decorated guest room.
Hotel Monaco - At once stylish and whimsical, this AAA 4-Diamond hotel is central to many downtown sights and attractions. Rooms feature canopied beds, marble bathrooms, and Aveda toiletries. Have your tarot cards read during the complimentary daily wine hour, and savor California-French fare at the brasserie-style Grand Cafe.
Sir Francis Drake - Marvel at spectacular views of the bay and skyline from your room at this historic Kimpton hotel, an icon of San Francisco style. After enjoying continental cuisine at Scala's Bistro, drop by Harry Denton's Starlight Room for a glamorous evening of classic cocktails, live entertainment, and dancing.