Apartments & Accommodation in San Francisco – Where To Stay
The picturesque and bohemian Californian city of San Francisco
is a fantastic holiday destination and the city is packed full of exciting and often intriguing attractions. The city is fiercely individualistic, which is reflected in the city’s diverse culture and wide variety of lifestyles. San Francisco is home to the world famous Golden Gate Bridge
, street cars that glide effortlessly up the city’s many hills and many amazing buildings such as the Painted Ladies
More than 120,000 cars cross the Golden Gate Suspension Bridge
San Francisco is one of the world’s richest cities – it is ranked fourth after New York, London and Moscow – not bad for a city with less than 10% of the population of the other three cities!
The Golden Gate Suspension Bridge is so big that the work on the bridge never stops – it is continuously being repainted!
Denim jeans were invented in San Francisco for gold rush miners who required comfortable but sturdy clothing.
Where was Irish coffee
invented? Not Ireland – San Francisco!
Things to do in San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the USA’s best cities for visitors. It is relatively small (6 miles square) and is known for its tolerant and friendly inhabitants. You are able to see much of what the city has to offer in a day or two – nice if you plan to visit other parts of California
during your visit to the West Coast
. What is there to do in San Francisco? Well, we urge to visit the Fisherman’s Wharf
, especially Pier 39 which has a colony of sea lions living there! They’ve been at the pier since the 1980’s and currently number close to 1000! After you’ve been at the Wharf, head down nearby Stockton Street to North Beach
, the city’s bohemian area. Enjoy the eating options but expect to find queues for the best places!
It’s always good to get a view over wherever you are visiting and San Francisco’s Coit Tower
will provide you with fantastic views over the city, sea and Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t forget to admire the murals inside the tower, painted in 1933 in the social realism style. Coit Tower is located on Telegraph Hill
. We suggest you make your descent down the hill’s 400 steps because on the way you get a glimpse at some beautiful houses and well-kept gardens. Keep a lookout for wild parrots too! You can also go via Lombard Street
– one of the world’s curviest streets. It is paved in red brick and features 8 curves – nicer to walk down than drive down!
You can experience one of San Francisco’s best-loved attractions as you explore the city by taking the cable cars
. It only costs $2 to ride one these trolley cars – we suggest you get the F-Line from Embarcadero to Castro. The Castro District
is one of the city’s best loved districts – we recommend finding the Castro Theatre, an iconic old theatre which shows famous movies from the past. San Francisco’s Chinatown
is the oldest in the world and the city has the largest Chinese population outside of China. Learn about Chinese history, enjoy the interesting shops and sample some of the wonderful restaurants in the area. We recommend Capital Restaurant
because it’s satisfying, tasty and great value!
A visit to San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Alcatraz
, the world’s most notorious prison. To reach the island on which the prison lies you must take a boat – get there early as the boats soon fill up during the tourist season. Tours run seven days a week – we loved the Alcatraz Night Tour which gives you the opportunity to take a tour of the prison by night. An audio guide provided with the tour features atmospheric sound effects to add spooky depth to your visit! You’ll learn a great deal about the prison including some of the amazing attempts to escape it!
San Francisco International Airport
is located 13 miles from the Downtown area of the city. We recommend you take public transport to and from the city and there are plenty of options available to you. The BART high speed rail connection links the airport with San Francisco and there are also SAMTRAM buses that serve the city. The journey from San Francisco Airport to Downtown takes 20 minutes. Getting around San Francisco is easy and fun! Experiencing the city’s iconic cable cars (or trolleys) is a must and you get to see so much of the city whilst you ride around. San Francisco is known as one of the easiest cities in the world to navigate so we’re sure you won’t have a problem getting around! Several ferry services operate in the bay and serve various parts of the Bay Area – viewing the city from the sea is interesting too. If you are planning a holiday in California, San Francisco is a great starting point. The world famous Yosemite National Park
is located to the east of city and can be reached in under 4 hours of driving. Big Sur National
Park, a stunning area of natural beauty, is located to the south of the city.