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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 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
Intimate boutique hotel with outdoor pool just steps from Union Square This Union Square mainstay, dating back to 1908, mixes old and new under one roof. Older rooms bring with them a hearty dose of history; newer accommodations, completed in the last 15 years, are more spacious and have upgraded amenities. There's an outdoor pool -- a rarity for downtown San Francisco -- a heated sauna and an on-site barbershop. One of the city's most popular taverns, The Daily Grill, is located on the ground floor. Highlights Serene outdoor pool with heated saunaStroll to some of the best shopping in townStellar on-site restaurant, The Daily Grill, serves up American classics.On-site barbershopDiscount coupons to nearby Macy's Rooms The Handlery has 377 rooms in all -- 284 in the "historic" section of the hotel, and 93 in a newer and recently renovated part. Newer rooms, dubbed "Premier," measure 450 square feet and look out on the outdoor pool deck. They also include bathrobes and electric shoe polishers. The older rooms, dubbed "Historic," are part of the original 1908 construction and include mini-refrigerators, in-room safes and ironing boards. Some of the latter rooms offer views of the San Francisco skyline; Wi-Fi is available in all (fees apply). Features The hotel has been family owned and operated since the 1920s. Service has been a strongpoint for all of those years; today the property employs multi-lingual concierges who arrange everything from dinner reservations to babysitter services. Other exceptional services include same-day laundry and dry-cleaning, as well as the on-site barber shop. All guests have access to a Club One fitness center one block from the hotel (fees apply). Grab a burger and a beer at The Daily Grill, a swanky but reliable bar on the ground floor. The weekend brunch here is rated among the best in the city (try the Bloody Mary and understand why). Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)Cable car stops (5 minutes walking)BART (15 minutes walking)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking) Attractions Union Square Theater DistrictFisherman's WharfEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Business Two sizable meeting rooms can be configured a number of ways.Additional meeting space inside on-site restaurant, The Daily Grill.Business CenterAudio/Visual equipment available for rental. Policies and fees Valet parking available (fees apply).
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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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White Swan Inn

3 stars
4.3 / 5 38 reviews
Best of British charm on Nob HillThe White Swan Inn in the pleasant Nob Hill District of San Francisco is styled like an old-fashioned London hotel with traditional English Victorian style furnishings and a welcoming and intimate feel. Step back into a more elegant time in a cozy hotel that feels a world away from identikit chain hotels that look the same from coast to coast. The White Swan Inn also offers a complimentary breakfast buffet, tea and cookies, and wine and hors d'oeuvres by the fireplace in the comfortable parlor. 3 Reasons To Stay: Enjoy tea and freshly baked cookies at the cozy fireside Quaint and traditional English style decor Complimentary gourmet breakfast and selection of drinks and snacks    The White Swan Inn Hotel RoomsBuilt in 1915, the five-floor White Swan Inn provides 26 guest rooms, all furnished and decorated in an individual old-fashioned English style. Rich dark woods feature throughout, and the magnificent grandfather clock in the hotel lobby sets the historic tone. Whether you choose from a deluxe king or queen room, you will be in for a treat as you feast your eyes on teddy bears sitting on the Victorian style two- or four-poster wooden beds amidst a riot of floral wallpaper, wing backed armchairs and classic floral or tartan bedspreads and fabrics. Working gas fireplaces grace every room and the bathrooms feature marble countertops and bathrobes. There are some extra features, too, such as a turndown service that includes chocolates and complimentary beverages, and bottled water in the wet bar. The White Swan Inn has not forgot the 21st century, as satellite televisions and Internet access are available in all rooms, and valet and room services are available (fees apply). Things To Do: Union Square (0.3 mi/0.5 km) Chinatown (0.5 mi/0.8 km) Financial District (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
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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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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Wed, Oct 1 - Tue, Oct 7 $324
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Sep 24 - Wed, Oct 8 $149
Washington DC San Francisco Wed, Sep 24 - Sun, Sep 28 $314
Boston San Francisco Mon, Oct 6 - Fri, Oct 10 $322
Chicago San Francisco Thu, Oct 2 - Tue, Oct 7 $265
Newark San Francisco Sat, Oct 4 - Sat, Oct 11 $394
Seattle San Francisco Wed, Sep 24 - Wed, Oct 1 $205
Atlanta San Francisco Sat, Oct 4 - Sat, Oct 25 $344
Dallas San Francisco Wed, Oct 1 - Sat, Oct 4 $263
Honolulu San Francisco Wed, Oct 8 - Thu, Oct 23 $494
Philadelphia San Francisco Tue, Sep 30 - Tue, Oct 7 $413
Denver San Francisco Sat, Oct 11 - Wed, Oct 15 $165
Baltimore San Francisco Wed, Oct 15 - Tue, Oct 21 $356
San Diego San Francisco Fri, Sep 26 - Tue, Sep 30 $225
Las Vegas San Francisco Fri, Oct 24 - Tue, Oct 28 $167
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Wed, Oct 1 - Mon, Oct 13 $294
Minneapolis San Francisco Wed, Oct 29 - Wed, Nov 5 $269
Toronto San Francisco Tue, Sep 23 - Mon, Sep 29 $444
Raleigh San Francisco Sat, Sep 6 - Sat, Sep 13 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Wed, Oct 29 - Tue, Nov 4 $298
Orlando San Francisco Wed, Oct 29 - Mon, Nov 10 $306
Detroit San Francisco Tue, Oct 21 - Tue, Oct 28 $325
Beijing San Francisco Thu, Oct 9 - Tue, Oct 21 $1,004
Charlotte San Francisco Mon, Oct 13 - Fri, Oct 31 $582
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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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