san francisco

Explore the City by the Bay

Magical things happen in San Francisco. Once a hub of hippie counterculture and now the beating heart of tech innovation, this compact city is one of the world’s most famous. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the charming cable cars, American holidays to San Francisco are a delight.

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San Francisco is full of iconic sights. Start with the globally recognisable Golden Gate Bridge, still the tallest bridge in the U.S. Hop on the ferry to visit the notorious Alcatraz Island. Explore a slice of Eastern life in Chinatown. Visit the sealions at Pier 39 or for a less touristy alternative see the beautifully restored Ferry Building. Enjoy the photogenic views from Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. See the city from the water with a Harbour Tour, visit the trendy neighbourhood of Haight-Ashbury, once the birthplace of hippie counterculture. All the city’s districts have their own unique character, explore them with a ride on the cable cars – and don’t forget to stop by famous Lombard Street, one of the world’s windiest streets.
Dining Out
San Francisco is a foodie paradise with serious hipster credentials. Its tourist hubs boast a diverse menu of places to eat, especially around top destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Embarcadero. But don’t forget to venture beyond the tourist traps to feast on the city’s thriving food scene. Sample cuisine from across the world and try some authentic Chinese food in Chinatown. San Francisco is known for its seafood, especially its crab and oysters so don’t forget to try them. Satisfy your sweet tooth at a trendy ice cream bar and indulge in some locally brewed beer as well as exploring the city’s coffee scene.
Home to both the flagship stores of major brands and unique boutiques, San Francisco boasts an amazing range of shopping suitable for all. So American holidays to San Francisco are a great choice for shopaholics. Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf are brimming with shopping centres, places to eat, views and entertainment. Union Square has earned a name as the heart of the city with its luxury stores, small local stores, department stores and more. Vibrant Filmore Street and cozy Hayes Valley are two great shopping destinations too.
Escape that busy city life with a trip to the beach. The Bay Area boasts miles of exquisite sandy beaches. Riptides and large waves mean they’re not recommended for swimming but these beaches offer stunning scenery and beautiful views. Fort Funston Beach and Ocean Beach are right by the city. They’re both popular with locals and visitors alike. Visit Marshalls Beach for amazing views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. China Beach offers safer, shallower waters and Lands End is one the city’s lesser-known beaches tucked into the picturesque cliffs near Lincoln Park.