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San Francisco Holidays

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San Francisco Holidays

This part of Bay Area boasts a population of 800 000 residents.

This location can be found 120 kilometres from Sacramento, the state capital. It's also about 10 kilometres from Sausalito.

With so many iconic attractions in one place, we wouldn't be surprised if you have trouble deciding which to visit first! We'd recommend starting at Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39. As if that isn't enough, you're also going to have the University of California San Francisco and Palace of Fine Arts within your grasp.

The troops will have plenty to do in San Francisco, as it provides a fun-filled bunch of child-friendly attractions. Stop in and see what's going on at the Castro Theatre or the San Francisco Mint. The fun continues at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and the Presidio Theatre.

The deep blue sea is filled with unique sea life that together create a breathtaking display of vibrant colours. You and your children should roam through San Francisco's aquariums to have a gander at nature's art at its best. Stop by Aquarium of the Bay and Steinhart Aquarium, and get the story behind some of our beloved saltwater environments and their residents.

If you are looking for an excellent family attraction, call on the San Francisco Zoo, a well-regarded zoological park containing a good variety of rare and exotic animals.

If you enjoy a cool glass of beer, take a tour of the Anchor Brewing Company and find out how this popular drink is made.

The action never stops over at the Artichoke Joe's Casino. Whether blackjack's your game or you just come for the buzzing atmosphere, you will be sure to have a blast.

You'll find a few superb gardens around San Francisco where travellers can find out about different plants or just enjoy the tranquility. The most beautiful locales are Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The Dahlia Garden and the Queen Wilhelmina Garden might also be worth bearing in mind if you chance to be nearby.

Visitors to San Francisco are often begrudging when they find out just how many natural parks it has. Interested in living like a local? Golden Gate Park and the Japanese Tea Garden are two great spots in which to find a nice shady corner. Alternatively, Yerba Buena Gardens and Pioneer Park might be more practical depending on your location.

In this region there are numerous visitor's hubs where you'll find heaps of useful information. Organise a detour to San Francisco Visitor's Centre and Marin Headlands Visitor Centre, you can learn about the most interesting attractions in the area. You might find even more advice for your holiday if you also make the time for some of the other options close by, such as San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Centre and Sausalito Visitors Kiosk.

Are you looking to have some fun out in the sun? The lakes are certainly the best locations to do just that. You and the little tackers can explore the surroundings at San Francisco Bay Sailing. If you've got more time, also go to Stow Lake and Lake Merced.

If you're keen to see the coast, you'll find the bee's knees of places to select from. Rockaway Beach, China Beach, Baker Beach and Miramar Beach are all good options in this area, so load up the car with some supplies and see how many you can do in a day!

Yearning for a day out in the natural world? Then be sure to visit at least one of the region's nature reserves and parks. Two absolute rippers include Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California, United States of America. Do you have a few more days? Then consider Twin Peaks and Muir Woods as well.

JV Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is situated in the waters off San Francisco, and is regarded as the most important ocean conservation zone in the region.

You can bet you'll never be wanting to sit still in this destination, with such a wide range of museums to get lost in. We suggest the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. For an extended experience, take a squizz at the Walt Disney Family Museum and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

If you are entranced by stories of brave captains and adventures across the open sea, head to the San Francisco Maritime Museum and learn all about this area's maritime history.

The Exploratorium and Morrison Planetarium are two popular indoor activities in San Francisco. Here, you'll find heaps of things to see and do, such as fascinating exhibitions and entertaining hands-on activities.

With a variety of excellent educational attractions nearby, there are enough things to see and do in San Francisco to keep even the most voracious history nerds satisfied. Spend a day meandering through the fascinating and evocative collections and exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences and the Mexican Museum. If you're keen for more, the Kimball Natural History Museum and the Natural World Museum are two more fantastic options.

Do you enjoy the arts? San Francisco offers a collection of colourful galleries and exhibition spaces you won't want to miss. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco are a couple of the top choices. Can't get enough? The De Young Museum and the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts are a perfect way to end the day.

If you are a history enthusiast, we highly recommend that you immerse yourself in one of the plentiful museums about town. Get up to scratch with the foundations of the region at the Randall Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora. The GLBT History Museum and the Wells Fargo History Museum are also well worth a gander if you have some time to burn.

This region has plenty of fascinating historic places to visit. Start your day of sightseeing at the San Francisco State University or Coit Tower, two popular attractions here. The City College of San Francisco and the Camera Obscura are also worth a visit.

Among the old structures that are to be found in San Francisco are Lefty O'Doul Bridge, Bay Bridge and Francis "Lefty" O'Doul Bridge. Here, history lovers will be able to appreciate the quality craftsmanship and unique designs of each one while enjoying a stroll along the riverbank.

If you want to discover San Francisco's more violent times, make sure to stop in at Fort Point National Historical Site and Fort Cronkhite, its most important historic fortifications.

If you and your family like learning about architectural design, you could enjoy taking a squizz at California Palace of the Legion of Honour.

This region is recognised for its numerous historical religious structures. Grace Cathedral and Mission Dolores are the most loved of these old structures, with St. Patrick Catholic Church and the San Francisco Zen Centre being two other good options.

This destination has some other less-known attractions if you and your mates want to get off the beaten track. The San Francisco Public Library and the Fort Mason are two decent picks. You might also like to think about a trip to the California Historical Society and Coyote Point Park.

Top San Francisco Hotels

Hotel Whitcomb

Hotel Whitcomb

1231 Market St, San Francisco, CA
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     
    2.9 out of 5 (15 reviews)

    Located in Downtown San Francisco, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Orpheum Theater, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, and Asian Art Museum of San ...

    from NZ$116

    RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

    RIU Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

    2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      3.8 out of 5 (15 reviews)

      Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf Cable Car Turnaround. Ghirardelli Square and ...

      from NZ$218

      Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

      Hotel Zephyr San Francisco

      250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
        4.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.3 out of 5 (29 reviews)

        Located in North Beach, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of USS Pampanito and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also within 15 ...

        from NZ$233

        Hotel Caza

        Hotel Caza

        1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
          3.5 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lombard Street and Pier 39. Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz Island are also within 3 mi (5 ...

          from NZ$208

          Hotel Spero

          Hotel Spero

          405 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.3 out of 5 (6 reviews)

            Located in Downtown San Francisco, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco ...

            from NZ$204

            Hotel Nikko San Francisco

            Hotel Nikko San Francisco

            222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.4 out of 5 (25 reviews)

              This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps away from SHN Curran Theatre and Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround. ...

              from NZ$264

              Hilton San Francisco Union Square

              Hilton San Francisco Union Square

              333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, CA
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                3.8 out of 5 (17 reviews)

                Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround and Westfield San Francisco Centre. Ferry ...

                from NZ$272

                Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco

                Club Quarters Hotel in San Francisco

                424 Clay St, San Francisco, CA
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.1 out of 5 (7 reviews)

                  Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Embarcadero Center and TransAmerica Pyramid. Exploratorium and Ferry Building are ...

                  from NZ$207

                  Hilton San Francisco Financial District

                  Hilton San Francisco Financial District

                  750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA
                    4.0 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    3.1 out of 5 (11 reviews)

                    Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ferry Building, Lombard Street and Pier 39. Oracle Park and Alcatraz Island are also within ...

                    from NZ$174

                    Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square

                    Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square

                    345 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
                      4.0 out of 5.0
                       
                       
                      3.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

                      Located in Downtown San Francisco, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of SHN Curran Theatre, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Powell and ...

                      from NZ$280

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