San Francisco Holiday Guide

San Francisco Travel Information

The city of San Francisco is located on the scenic coastline of California and has a relaxed atmosphere, rolling hills, stunning Victorian architecture and an array of fine cuisine. Since the 'gold rush' days, San Francisco has seen much development which has made the city the beautiful place it is today, a firm holiday destination for millions of tourists.

There are some great tourist attractions in San Francisco that are a must for all visitors, including the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, which is an American icon. Fisherman's Wharf is another popular attraction that is home to Pier 39, which has an array of shops, restaurants and tourist sites. The island of Alcatraz with its inactive jail has interesting tours available.

San Francisco Tourist Attractions

If you are on a tight schedule and want to see as much as possible it is a good idea to use one of the city's numerous san Francisco tour companies. Guided tours of the Victorian houses and steep streets to half-day Segway rides through the waterfront area are available.

San Francisco has a fantastic performing arts scene with a host of theatres and opera houses throughout the city. The Golden Gate and Orpheum theatres both show Broadway musicals throughout the year and world-class ballet can be seen at the San Francisco Ballet Hall.

The Chinatown district of the city has an array of fantastic dim sum meals as well as Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. The Fisherman's Wharf district has the best selection of seafood restaurants and the North Beach district is renowned for its Italian cuisine.

Transport Around San Francisco

Getting to San Francisco is effortless with the international airport located only 10 miles from downtown. The airport has daily flights arriving from all over the globe and numerous American cities. Amtrak train services and Greyhound buses arrive from all over the country every day. If driving, the US 101 enters San Francisco from the east, while the Interstate 280 is a more scenic route.

San Francisco is not the safest city in the US but if you use common sense and avoid walking in dark streets at night then you should be okay. If heading out at night it is best to take a taxi or drive, as bag snatchings and pick-pockets are commonplace. The city has one of the largest homeless populations in America and panhandlers can be demanding. We strongly recommend that you purchase insurance for you and your family before leaving for your holiday to safeguard against any unforeseen problems.