San Francisco

The cultural capital of California, San Francisco impresses and inspires with its incredible mix of old and new.

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Famous for its old-fashioned cable cars, stunning Victorian architecture, dynamic waterfront and soaring Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco ranks as one of the greatest cities in the world. With world-renowned ballet, symphony and opera, trend-defining cuisine, individual neighbourhoods that have as much history as character and an endless list of things to do, its small, less than 50 square mile size and just shy of a million population belies what is truly a stand-out city for any traveller’s bucket list.

Start with the city’s most iconic symbol: the Golden Gate Bridge. You can walk or bike across its impressive span while taking in the breathtaking views of the Bay Area to the wildlife haven of Marin Headlands, or to the bohemian bay area town of Sausalito. You can also stay on the city side and stroll over to the architecturally astounding San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts. The Presidio district – ruled over by no less than three nations throughout its existence – and Lands End, a rugged coastal playground where you can watch for whales or check out the ruins of the Victorian-era saltwater Sutro Baths are also to be found just off the bridge.

Next, travel to Fisherman’s Wharf. Synonymous with San Francisco, it beckons with its fresh seafood offering and welcoming, seafaring vibe. Pier 39 has numerous family-friendly options and if you find yourself looking out to sea, you’ll come across another equally fascinating destination: Alcatraz Island.

Despite its famously steep hills and 3-mile long Lombard Street, San Francisco is surprisingly easy to get around. Classic cable cars and historic streetcars are a fun and scenic way to travel around the city, and San Francisco’s BART metro system travels both within and beyond the boundaries of the city – even connecting to the international airport. You won’t need a car to get around, and that’s a good thing as San Francisco’s neighbourhoods have so much to see and do, you won’t want to be travelling any other way than by foot (or bike).

From the multicultural Mission District to the root of San Francisco’s liberalism, Haight-Ashbury, you’ll find the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, and that the bustling plazas of Union Square and Ghirardelli Square are prime locales for both dining and shopping. San Francisco is a leader in the culinary arts, so make sure you get a full taste of the city during your stay whether you head to award-winning bakeries, decade-old establishments or noteworthy newcomers.

Dip into some dim sum, sail across the bay, stroll the historic streets, browse independent bookshops or take an exhilarating cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge – you’ll find a rewarding time in San Francisco no matter what you fancy doing.

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