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With a cool California vibe mixed with glitzy European sophistication, San Francisco is a hub of ethnic enclaves and people wooed to the Pacific Coast. Visit hippie history in the Haight or shop the glamorous Union Square. Take a cable car up Nob Hill and swoon over Victorian homes and San Francisco Bay views.

Despite the city's high price reputation, CheapTickets can help you keep your San Francisco travel budget in check with these funds-friendly highlights.

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Cheap San Francisco Vacation Packages

The Opal San Francisco

3 stars
3.5 / 5 600 reviews
Historic hotel and spacious suites -- walking distance to Union Square Dating back to 1908, this five-story Union Square hotel still boasts the stained glass windows, period antiques and other decorative touches that hearken back to a simpler time. Rooms are clean and efficient; spacious work desks are popular among business travelers. Other amenities include a complimentary on-site fitness center and 24-hour coffee and tea service, as well as a complimentary breakfast buffet. Highlights Walking distance to shopping in Union SquareHistoric architecture, decorative touches24-hour coffee and tea serviceComplimentary breakfast buffet Rooms Each of The Opal's 164 guest rooms features central air and heat, cable television and complimentary high-speed Internet. (There's also free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby.) Suites include small sitting areas with plush sofas. A handful of rooms have windows that look out onto the bustling Union FeaturesThe hotel has received a three-diamond rating from AAA and was selected as the Crescent Hotel and Resorts "Hotel of the Year" in 2008. A baby grand piano welcomes visitors to the lobby of The Opal -- a public area decorated to invoke the way it looked when the hotel debuted in 1908. Elsewhere on the property is a 24-hour laundry facility (fees apply) and car rental desk (fees apply; rentals also can be facilitated by the concierge). Overnight parking is also available (fees apply).All guests have complimentary access to a state-of-the-art on-site fitness center. Guests also are entitled to a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning.After a long day exploring the city, grab a milkshake and a tuna melt at the on-site outpost of Mel's Drive-In, a 1950s-style diner that has become a San Francisco institution. The restaurant is open 24 hours on weekends. Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (15 minutes walking)BART (18 minutes walking) Attractions Union Square Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Policies and feesDebit cards are not acceptable at check-in. Overnight Parking is available (FEES APPLY).
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Handlery Union Square

3 stars
4.1 / 5 325 reviews
Located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square, the family-owned and operated Handlery Union Square Hotel is just steps away from the Powell Street cable car line, world class shops, the Moscone Center, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Enjoy traditional accommodations in the Historic Section or oversized rooms in the Premier Section. All 377 rooms feature wireless Internet access, mini refrigerators, and in-room safes. The hotel features on site valet parking, an outdoor heated pool, sauna, and room service. The Daily Grill, the on site restaurant, serves American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Please note: Parking is $47.00 per day, plus tax with unlimited in and out privileges. Additional charge may apply for oversized vehicles.
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The Mosser Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 242 reviews
Modern boutique hotel with recording studio near Union Square Quirky, modern and ultra-hip, The Mosser Hotel is the only lodging option in San Francisco with a state-of-the-art recording studio on premises. Rooms in this Union Square hotel are clean and efficient. All have platform beds, while some have private bathrooms and others share. Annabelle's Bar & Bistro, the on-site restaurant, utilizes organic ingredients sourced directly from area farms. Highlights State-of-the-art recording studioOn-site Annabelle's Bar & Bistro Platform bedsWalking distance to shopping at Union Square and Westfield Centre mall Rooms "The Mosser," as it's known locally, has 166 rooms in all -- 112 deluxe rooms with private bathrooms and 54 "economical" rooms with shared hall baths for travelers on smaller budgets. Each room boasts platform beds and vanity sinks. Rooms also come standard with robes, ceiling fans, hair dryers and free Wi-Fi. Many rooms have windows that look out onto busy city streets; some even have reading nooks built into bay windows. Features Opened in 1913 as the Keystone Hotel, the historic property was completely redesigned in 2003 and now feels modern and chic. The centerpiece of that redesign was Studio Paradiso, a state-of-the-art recording studio that is available to hotel guests. Other standard amenities include ironing boards, two-line telephones and custom-designed furniture. In early 2010, the hotel announced a commitment to embrace eco-friendly products in all the rooms. The Mosser family donates a portion of all hotel proceeds to reforestation, literacy and educational projects.   Dining For a fabulous cocktail or tasty sandwich, pull up a stool at Annabelle's Bar & Bistro, a French-style eatery located on the ground floor. The restaurant features an eclectic wine selection. Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (10 minutes walking)BART (15 minutes walking) Attractions Union SquareWestfield Centre shopping mall Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Business Free Wi-FiStudio Paradiso available for meetings Policies and feesNightly valet parking rate will increase in October as follows:Standard vehicle:  $39 + taxes ($44.46 after tax)Oversized vehicle:  $49 + taxes ($55.86 after tax)
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Villa Florence

3 stars
4.0 / 5 109 reviews
Metropolitan charm and Italian flair in Union SquareLocation is everything, and Villa Florence, A Larkspur Collection Hotel, certainly is ideally located. The hotel is close to Union Square and is on the Powell Street cable car line. Italian style surrounds guests as soon as they enter this pretty, seven floor hotel. Frescoes, fountains, and columns grace the lobby, and the decor is classy and cool throughout. Kuleto's is the fabulous contemporary Italian restaurant on-site, much beloved by theatergoers and locals. Villa Florence keeps guests happy with impeccable service and abundant European charm. 3 Reasons To Stay: Contemporary Italian cuisine in top city restaurant Superior location right on cable car line Gorgeous Italianate decor Villa Florence, A Larkspur Collection Hotel RoomsVilla Florence, A Larkspur Collection Hotel provides an authentic Tuscan experience in the heart of San Francisco, but with all the modern conveniences of the 21st century. There are 182 guest rooms, ranging from a traditional one double to a junior suite, and all adhering to the same tasteful Italian style principles that govern the entire hotel. Colors are in muted and elegant shades of cream, brown and sage green, and painted wooden furniture complements the plush beds with feather-top mattresses and 300-thread-count linens. High ceilings and louvered shutters add to a feeling of light airiness, and modern touches are present, with complimentary wireless Internet access, flat-screen televisions, and DVD players provided as standard. Guests can expect mini refrigerators and honor bars, as well as a complimentary newspaper (on request). Bathrooms offer a selection of quality complimentary toiletries and contain robes and slippers. Things To Do: Union Square (0.1 mi/0.2 km) Market Street (0.3 mi/0.4 km) Theater District (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
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King George Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 202 reviews
Stately boutique hotel near Union SquareConsidering its name and the British flag flying out front, it's no surprise that the King George Hotel near San Francisco's Union Square district has a decidedly European flair. Decorative touches are subtle but continue this theme: chess boards in every room, coats of arms, and more. All guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. The on-site restaurant, Winston's Bar and Lounge, even serves imported beer. Highlights Complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet accessHop on any one of the city's cable cars down the streetUnion Square shopping is only a four-block walk from the hotel Rooms Accommodations -- 141 rooms and 12 suites in all -- vary in size and configuration but come standard with flat-screen televisions, pillow-top mattresses, MP3 docking stations and in-room safes. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access as well as nightly turndown service. Features The King George Hotel, a free-standing structure, dates back to 1914 and has been renovated numerous times since. It also is now a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests have access to a nearby Club One Health Club (fees apply), a full-service facility with spa, pool and fitness center. The hotel also offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). Grab a pint (what else?) at Winston's Bar & Lounge, a kitschy-but-lovable bar on the ground floor. The pub no longer serves food, but the scene is still lively on weekend nights. Valet and self-parking are available (fees apply). Transportation San Francisco International Airport (18 mi/30 km)Oakland International Airport (15 mi/25 km)Cable car stops (3 blocks)BART (6 blocks/1 km)MUNI bus (1 block) Attractions Union Square (3 blocks)Theater District (4 blocks)Fisherman's Wharf (1 mi/1.5 km)AT&T Park (2 mi/3.5 km)Golden Gate Park (6 mi/10 km) Business 24-hour business center in lobbyIntimate 500-square-foot meeting room Policies and FeesThe hotel accepts reservations for guests under 18 years old given that parent/legal guardian guarantees payment for all charges. If legally emancipated, guests can present documents that prove emancipation and the ability to shoulder expenses at the hotel.
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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Fri, Sep 26 - Thu, Oct 2 $324
Los Angeles San Francisco Tue, Sep 30 - Wed, Oct 1 $137
Washington DC San Francisco Fri, Sep 26 - Sun, Oct 5 $314
Boston San Francisco Tue, Sep 30 - Sun, Oct 5 $322
Chicago San Francisco Wed, Oct 22 - Wed, Oct 29 $265
Newark San Francisco Tue, Sep 23 - Wed, Oct 1 $248
Seattle San Francisco Sat, Sep 27 - Wed, Oct 1 $185
Atlanta San Francisco Tue, Sep 16 - Tue, Sep 30 $313
Dallas San Francisco Wed, Oct 1 - Sat, Oct 4 $263
Honolulu San Francisco Mon, Sep 15 - Mon, Sep 22 $494
Philadelphia San Francisco Sat, Sep 20 - Sat, Sep 27 $404
Denver San Francisco Tue, Oct 28 - Tue, Nov 4 $165
Baltimore San Francisco Sat, Sep 27 - Sat, Oct 4 $334
San Diego San Francisco Tue, Sep 30 - Wed, Oct 1 $137
Las Vegas San Francisco Wed, Sep 24 - Sun, Sep 28 $145
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Tue, Sep 30 - Wed, Oct 8 $297
Minneapolis San Francisco Tue, Sep 9 - Wed, Sep 10 $268
Toronto San Francisco Tue, Sep 9 - Fri, Sep 26 $544
Raleigh San Francisco Fri, Sep 5 - Fri, Sep 12 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Sat, Oct 4 - Wed, Oct 8 $294
Orlando San Francisco Thu, Oct 2 - Tue, Oct 7 $326
Detroit San Francisco Tue, Sep 16 - Wed, Oct 1 $304
Beijing San Francisco Thu, Oct 9 - Tue, Oct 21 $1,004
Charlotte San Francisco Fri, Oct 24 - Tue, Oct 28 $384
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Best time to take a vacation to San Francisco

  • San Francisco is a great city to visit any time of the year, with a mild climate thanks to water on three sides. However, the summer fog is notorious, and many tourists on their San Francisco vacations find themselves purchasing sweatshirts to stay warm. The spring and fall are often warmer and sunnier, while winters can be rainy. Be aware that the City by the Bay is known for its microclimates, which means visitors need to be prepared for weather at nearly any time of year. A sunny day in Golden Gate Park can turn sharply cooler when a wall of fog blows in, while on the same day, the Downtown area is bright and warm.

Insider tips for San Francisco travel

  • Mission District

    The Mission District from 14th Street to 23rd Street offers a charming array of vintage stores and some of San Francisco’s best dining spots.

  • Outerlands

    Drop by Outerlands for the food if you find yourself hungry way out by Ocean Beach during your San Francisco excursion.

  • Twin Peaks

    San Francisco vacations are all about the views, and Twin Peaks offers some of the best in a 360-degree panorama.

  • Bourbon & Branch

    Speakeasies and handcrafted cocktails are all the rage in San Francisco, so head to Bourbon & Branch or Local Edition to see what the fuss is about.

  • Farmers Market

    The Saturday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building is famous, but the all-day Wednesday Farmer’s Market at Civic Center Plaza has better value for fruit and produce.

San Francisco highlights

  • San Francisco highlights
  • Fisherman's Wharf

    This seaside enclave teems with San Francisco landmarks, including Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. Watch colorful street performers along the promenade, and indulge in some of the best dining in San Francisco. Salivate over the locally-made chocolate and smells of fresh sourdough bread baking.

  • San Francisco Modern Art Museum (SFMOMA)

    From Frida Kahlo to Henri Matisse, discover a treasure trove of 20th-century artworks on your San Francisco vacation at one of the most renowned museums on the West Coast. Enjoy free admission on the first Tuesday of every month, or score half-price admission on Thursday nights.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    From its russet-painted towers to its sprawling span, you can't fully appreciate the scale of the Golden Gate Bridge until you're actually on it. Ride or walk across, or just gaze in awe at one from one of the many vantage points around the city on your San Francisco travels. Connecting San Francisco to Marin County, the bridge is the only road to exit San Francisco to the north, and is part of the historic U.S. Route 1.

  • Palace of Fine Arts

    Located in San Francisco's Marina neighborhood, the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the few surviving structures from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Marvel the cinematic Greco-Roman style, and snap photos along the serene lagoon.

  • Asian Art Museum

    Experience the Orient on your San Francisco vacation. With a massive collection of Asian art from paintings to ceramics, the Asian Art Museum also boasts one of the oldest Chinese Buddhas on the planet. Visit on Thursday nights for the bargain $5 admission.

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