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In scenic northern California sits the hilly city of San Francisco. Resting on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, ‘San Fran’ is famous for its Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Prison. Not many cities in the world can rival the enjoyment that San Francisco holidays offer, and this Californian destination is often found on the bucket list of many an intrepid traveller.
San Francisco is sandwiched into a state full of natural attractions, captivating cities and stunning coastline, and you’ll find an entire world under one roof when you embark on holidays to San Francisco in 2020. Sport is a huge part of the city’s identity, while numerous cultural and historical avenues will further reveal San Fran’s character.
One iconic image of San Francisco is Lombard Street. The bizarrely-decorated and winding slalom street is one of the stranger attractions in the city, but watching tourists or locals attempting to safely navigate the spaghetti street is a strangely entertaining phenomenon.
Your guide to San Francisco holidays
The ‘City by the Bay’, usually cloaked in fog, is also a world-class hub of culture, home of award-winning restaurants, historical landmarks, buzzing nightlife and lots more. Each and every area you encounter during your San Francisco holidays will be individual - from its food and music to its landmarks and atmosphere - offering a medley of continually changing sights, smells and sounds.
The Downtown area is full of life and colour, as well as being home to the majority of the city’s top attractions. Head up one of the city’s hills, such as Nob Hill or Telegraph Hill, for the perfect view of the city and the ideal romantic spot for an afternoon picnic, or stroll through the largest Chinatown in the States to enter a new world of cuisine, architecture and atmosphere. Wherever you choose to stay during your holidays in San Francisco, you’ll find yourself among captivating sights and an infectious atmosphere.
Even though Northern California doesn’t always get the warmth throughout the year, there are plenty of beaches to visit in San Francisco regardless of the weather. Ocean Beach is San Francisco's most popular beach, providing holidaymakers with fantastic panoramic views from the city's west side and great sunbathing spots. With 8km of peaceful sandy beach, you will find many of the locals here when the city gets crowded.
For something a little different, head to Aquatic Park to enjoy its urban beach. Located in the heart of San Francisco, the park’s beach has extremely soft sand and warmer waters than the ocean beaches.
San Francisco does have more secluded sandy spots that you can relax on, but if you want a real seaside experience, you can venture further out of the city where you will find Stinson Beach and Bolinas Beach.