The free-spirited City by the Bay is as golden as its famous bridge.

San Francisco, California, is best known for its iconic bay, spanned by an even more iconic bridge. Over the years it’s been ground zero for counterculture movements, LGBTQ rights, tech start-ups and more. But it’s also a city that brought American wine and cuisine to the world stage — and continues to serve up some of the best dining experiences this country has to offer. And although San Francisco’s reputation is huge, at just under 47 square miles, it’s actually fairly compact (albeit famously hilly), meaning you can cover the entire city in just three days.

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Explore San Francisco

  • Union Square
  • Mission Dolores
  • North Beach
  • The Castro

Union Square

Overview

Anchored by a public plaza of the same name, Union Square is San Francisco’s premier shopping destination. Find high-end stores as well as great dining options and seasonal events. Located in the heart of the city, this neighborhood also provides easy access to all other area attractions.

Known For

Shopping, Restaurants, Culture

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Mission Dolores

Overview

Dynamic restaurants and watering holes, a thriving and diverse art scene, an abundance of funky boutiques and one of the most beautiful parks in the city make the Mission an easy place to spend an entire day.

Known For

Art, Public Parks, Boutiques, Dining

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North Beach

Overview

North Beach, beyond being the epicenter of the Beat Generation, is best known for its Italian restaurants, like Liguria Bakery (a focaccia joint) and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (a 13-time World Pizza Champion). Another worthwhile stop is the City Lights Bookstore, which calls itself “a literary meeting place since 1953,” catering first to the beatnik crowd and now offering a little bit of everything.

Known For

Italian Heritage, Dining, Bakeries, Coffee Shops

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The Castro

Overview

For more than 50 years, the Castro has been the to-go spot for LGBTQ culture in San Francisco. Here you’ll find a walk of fame celebrating icons and trailblazers, an abundance of rainbow flags and a monthlong Pride celebration.

Known For

LGBTQ History, Nightlife, Bars, Dining

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Stay in The Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Take a Whirlwind Tour of San Francisco, California

View of Alcatraz Island from the bay

Visit the Icons

Visit the icons — from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz — that have helped shape San Francisco, while giving the city the reputation of one of the most interesting places for architecture in the United States.

View of the San Francisco skyline from on top of a grassy hill

Climb a Tower and Hit the Mission

It’s time to take a deep dive into three of the most lively neighborhoods in San Francisco (which is saying something). Telegraph Hill, the Mission and the Castro may all have fantastic restaurants, bars and shops, but each has a very distinct vibe.

Trolley car rides down the street

Choose Your Own Adventure

Learn about the Summer of Love, sample locally made food at the Ferry Building Marketplace and find a museum — or two — that opens your mind to the city’s history, African art and more.

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