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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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The Stanford Court

Take a well-deserved break and lounge at this sharp hotel  The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel has gone through a recent renaissance, and an ultramodern facelift has given it a prominent place in the city skyline. Leland Stanford's historic mansion offers a few extra bonuses for people staying here, including Aurea, the trendy restaurant and illuminated wine-centric lounge, as well as an impressive and majestic stained glass courtyard dome. The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel also provides complimentary shuttle service to the Financial District, perfect for business travelers. 3 Reasons To Stay: Modern amenities and comforts guarantee a luxurious stay Steps away to fine dining and world famous lounges Spacious rooms and luxurious surroundings Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel Rooms The rooms at the Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel are every bit as elegant as its exterior. This eight-story mansion offers 293 guest rooms, all equipped with modern amenities. Elegant bedding with high thread counts and large LCD TVs come as standard here, as do heated towel racks and fine toiletries. Guests who need to stay connected take advantage of the wired and wireless Internet access. All guests can use the wake-up service and get complimentary cups of coffee or tea in the morning. A $35 million USD renovation has left the Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel with modern, comfortable furnishings throughout. Things To Do: Old St. Mary's Cathedral (0.2 mi/0.3 km) Grace Cathedral (0.2 mi/0.3 km) St. Mary Square (0.2 mi/0.3 km) Cable Car Museum (0.2 mi/0.3 km) 555 California Street (0.3 mi/0.5 km) Union Square (0.3 mi/0.5 km) Chinese Culture Center (0.3 mi/0.5 km) American Conservatory Theater (0.4 mi/0.6 km) Nob Hill (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
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Grand Hyatt San Francisco on Union Square

High-rise elegance only a block from Union SquareLocated a block from bustling Union Square, the 36-story Grand Hyatt San Francisco towers over many of the other hotels in the area. Elegance is the theme here, with an opulent lobby and floor-to-ceiling windows in guestrooms upstairs. Some guest rooms even are allergy-free. OneUP Restaurant and Lounge, located on the Mezzanine level of the hotel and overlooking the vibrant and inviting lobby, is an American bistro incorporating classical cooking methods to create unprovincial, artistic and inventive food, sure to delight the palate and stimulate the senses. HighlightsAllergy-free guestroomsUnique dining experience at OneUP restaurantLocated one block from Union Square RoomsAccommodations -- 660 rooms in all -- have stunning views of the city and bay, and each comes standard with flat-screen televisions, plush Grand beds, spacious work desks and safes. A handful of rooms have been deemed allergy-friendly and undergo a regular ionization process to eliminate allergens completely. Other rooms (those that are part of the Grand Club) include complimentary beverage and snack service daily. Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access are available in all rooms (fees apply). Pets welcome (fees apply). FeaturesThe hotel has received numerous awards, including the AAA Four-Diamond Award. The property also announced in 2009 a wide-sweeping green initiative that includes composting, recycling and advanced energy and resource conservation. All guests receive complimentary access to cardio and free weight machines in the 24-hour StayFit fitness center. On-property concierge Les Clefs d’Or offers runners and joggers GPS watches and detailed maps of running and walking trails around the city (fees apply).  Discover a unique dining experience at OneUP Restaurant located on the Mezzanine level.  Chefs combine classical cooking methods and local ingredients to produce daring culinary adventures. OneUP Lounge also offers live music entertainment. Valet and self parking are available (fees apply). Transportation San Francisco International Airport (13 mi/21 km)Oakland International Airport (16 mi/25.8 km)Cable cars (1 block)MUNI bus (1 block)BART (4 blocks) Attractions Union SquareTheater DistrictChinatownNorth BeachFinancial DistrictEmbarcadero Business24-hour business center27,000 square feet of meeting space36th-floor event space with sweeping views of the entire city
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The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Legendary Union Square hotel combines comfort, class The Westin St. Francis is the only hotel that actually sits on Union Square. The main building dates back to 1904, and many public areas boast the ornate columns, intricate woodwork and other design elements from this era. Perhaps the property's most famous feature is its Magenta Grandfather Clock, a popular place for people to meet. Today the property comprises two separate buildings: the historic main building and a newer tower. Three on-site restaurants offer a host of dining options. Highlights Historic grandfather clockOnly hotel situated right on Union SquareThree on-site restaurants, including the highly acclaimed Oak RoomSleep in signature Westin Heavenly beds Rooms Accommodations are spread across two buildings. In the historic main building, with 629 rooms and 24 suites, standard lodging is accented by crown molding and ornate chandeliers. In the newer tower, with 566 rooms and 35 suites, the experience is more modern. All rooms come standard with flat-screen televisions, signature Westin Heavenly beds, plush robes and safes. Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access are available in all rooms (fees apply). Features The Westin St. Francis has received numerous awards, including the AAA Four-Diamond Award. The property opened in 1904 but was practically gutted due to damage during the earthquake of 1906. It reopened in 1907 and has been growing ever since. The new tower was completed in 1971. All guests receive complimentary access to Westin Workout powered by Reebok, a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and weight machines. The hotel also provides massage therapy at an on-site day spa (fees apply). Dining Three on-site restaurants provide a number of options for meals. Bourbon Steak, Michael Mina's newest creation, is a West Coast spin on the traditional steakhouse; the Oak Room offers a more traditional menu. Caruso's is the most casual of the three, offering light snacks and coffee in the lobby lounge. Transportation San Francisco International Airport (30 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)Cable cars (1 blocks)MUNI bus (1 block)BART (4 blocks) Attractions Union SquareTheater DistrictChinatownNorth BeachFinancial DistrictEmbarcadero Business 24-hour business center56,000 square feet of meeting spaceThe Imperial Floor, located on the 32nd floor of the Tower, with two distinct meeting rooms
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Hotel Nikko San Francisco

Sophistication with an Asian flair and an indoor pool near Union Square Hotel Nikko feels more like Hong Kong than San Francisco. The lobby is spacious and stark, and rooms are minimalist in design. The on-site restaurant, Anzu, serves up Asian food with a Japanese focus. Distances at the on-site pool are measured in meters. Just steps from Union Square and the Moscone Convention Center, the Nikko is perfectly located for business travelers in town for conventions. At the same time, it is comfortable for families accustomed to sophisticated luxury. Highlights Live jazz at the Rrazz RoomA short walk from the shops and restaurants of Union SquareSpacious fifth-floor indoor poolSushi and other Asian-inspired fare available at on-site restaurant Anzu Rooms With 510 rooms and 22 suites, Hotel Nikko is one of the largest hotels in the Union Square area. All rooms boast views of the city skyline and San Francisco Bay. Guests are pampered by amenities such as Subarashee Yume pillow-top beds, Frette linens, large flat panel TVs, stereos and CD players. Most bathrooms feature miniature televisions set inside the main vanity mirror. Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access are available in all rooms (fees apply).   Features Luxuriate for an afternoon under the atrium of Hotel Nikko's fifth-floor solarium, which houses a pool, 24-hour fitness center and spa (fees apply). The Nicolas Salon, located in the lobby, provides expert hair styling for both men and women by appointment (fees apply). Dining Anzu, Hotel Nikko's second-floor restaurant, specializes in what it calls "EuroJapanese" cuisine -- a mixture of Japanese dishes and French and Spanish fare. The eatery's bar is known for its sake martinis. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   Entertainment The Rrazz Room, a jazz lounge on the hotel's lobby level, offers a variety of headliner entertainment in an intimate and sophisticated setting. World-class entertainers such as Ashford & Simpson, Keely Smith and The Supremes' Mary Wilson perform most nights. The lounge offers a chic full bar, specialty cocktails and extensive wine list. Light cuisine also is available.   Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)Cable car stops (10 minutes walking)BART (15 minutes walking)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking) Attractions Union Square Theater DistrictMoscone Convention Center AT&T Park Business 25th-floor function rooms offer panoramic views of city24-hour business centerElegant ballroom for formal events Policies and Fees Parking is $50 USD + tax.Valet parking is available (fees apply). Upon check-in, photo identification and credit card are required for incidental charges. For Internet bookings, the hotel has a mandatory policy that requires valid photo identification and valid credit card upon check-in. Both forms of ID must reflect the name on the reservation. The hotel will not honor this reservation if required identification is not available. Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Also, rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking (fees may apply). Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests made via this Web site cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.
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The Opal San Francisco

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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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Tue, May 13 - Tue, May 20 $292
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, May 21 - Sat, May 31 $138
Washington DC San Francisco Tue, May 13 - Wed, May 14 $377
Boston San Francisco Fri, May 2 - Wed, May 7 $298
Chicago San Francisco Sat, May 10 - Tue, May 13 $318
Newark San Francisco Wed, May 7 - Mon, May 19 $344
Seattle San Francisco Wed, Apr 30 - Thu, May 1 $158
Atlanta San Francisco Wed, May 7 - Mon, May 12 $365
Dallas San Francisco Tue, May 6 - Tue, May 20 $242
Honolulu San Francisco Fri, May 2 - Tue, May 6 $497
Philadelphia San Francisco Tue, May 6 - Tue, May 13 $398
Denver San Francisco Sun, May 18 - Tue, May 20 $188
Baltimore San Francisco Wed, May 28 - Tue, Jun 3 $339
San Diego San Francisco Sat, May 24 - Tue, May 27 $154
Las Vegas San Francisco Wed, May 21 - Wed, May 28 $158
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Tue, May 20 - Tue, May 27 $336
Minneapolis San Francisco Sat, May 10 - Wed, May 14 $292
Toronto San Francisco Sat, May 3 - Tue, May 6 $523
Raleigh San Francisco Wed, Apr 23 - Wed, Apr 30 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Wed, May 28 - Wed, Jun 4 $263
Orlando San Francisco Tue, May 13 - Tue, May 20 $352
Detroit San Francisco Wed, May 7 - Wed, May 14 $338
Beijing San Francisco Sun, Jun 8 - Sun, Jun 22 $1,040
Charlotte San Francisco Sat, Apr 26 - Wed, Apr 30 $419
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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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