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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 / 5 610 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 / 5 327 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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Villa Florence

3 stars
4.0 / 5 110 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. parking is also available on site for an added fee. 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) Policies and feesParking fee is $54 USD plus tax per vehicle/night.
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Orchard Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 126 reviews
Eco-friendly hotel near Union Square and steps from cable cars As its name suggests, the residential-style Orchard Hotel is all about the environment. The boutique hotel was San Francisco's first hotel to become LEED-EB certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and it continues to tout a number of eco-friendly programs today. The hotel was built in 2000, and rooms still feel brand-new. Daffodil, the on-site restaurant, serves a variety of cuisines from all over the world. Highlights Eco-friendly programs and organic bath productsWalk to shopping at Union Square and Westfield Centre mallComplimentary business and fitness centers Rooms Relax and rejuvenate in one of the Orchard's 104 rooms, including nine suites. Armoires feature state-of-the-art DVD and CD entertainment centers and 27-inch flat-screen televisions. Guests will find large work desks, complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi and fully stocked mini-bars. Designed specifically for the Orchard, most of the furniture is made of wood from Bali. Bathrooms boast organic bath products. Features The Orchard opened in 2000, making it one of the newest boutique hotels in San Francisco. When it opened, it became the city's first LEED-EB certified hotel. Since then, the property has collected a number of other accolades for its commitment to eco-friendly practices. The Orchard continues to refine its approach to green. Art is a common theme inside; a bronze-cast statue entitled "Spring Awakening" welcomes visitors to the lobby, and paintings and photographs in hallways upstairs are from local artists. While the on-site fitness is complimentary, guests also have access to a handful of independent fitness facilities within walking distance (fees apply). Dining Daffodil, the eclectic on-site eatery, pairs seasonal and local organic cuisine with wines from all over the world. The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner only, though a happy hour menu spotlights a number of tapas-style small plate dishes. Transportation San Francisco International Airport (45 minutes)Oakland International Airport (40 minutes)MUNI bus (5 minutes walking)Cable car stops (15 minutes walking)BART (20 minutes walking) Attractions Union SquareWestfield Centre shopping mall Theater DistrictEmbarcaderoSan Francisco Museum of Modern ArtAT&T Park Business Executive boardroom is perfect for small meetings (seats 18)Wine Room available at the on-site Daffodil restaurantSpecial "Green Meeting" packageComplimentary Business Center Policies and fees Valet parking available (fees apply)
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The Mosser Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 244 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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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Francisco Sat, Oct 25 - Wed, Oct 29 $324
Los Angeles San Francisco Wed, Oct 22 - Mon, Oct 27 $137
Washington DC San Francisco Tue, Oct 21 - Sat, Nov 1 $357
Boston San Francisco Tue, Oct 21 - Tue, Oct 28 $322
Chicago San Francisco Tue, Nov 4 - Thu, Nov 13 $265
Newark San Francisco Sat, Nov 1 - Sat, Nov 15 $337
Seattle San Francisco Sat, Oct 18 - Wed, Oct 22 $157
Atlanta San Francisco Wed, Oct 22 - Sun, Oct 26 $324
Dallas San Francisco Sat, Oct 18 - Wed, Oct 22 $277
Honolulu San Francisco Sat, Sep 20 - Wed, Sep 24 $494
Philadelphia San Francisco Wed, Oct 29 - Wed, Nov 5 $450
Denver San Francisco Tue, Sep 30 - Wed, Oct 1 $175
Baltimore San Francisco Tue, Oct 7 - Tue, Oct 21 $324
San Diego San Francisco Wed, Oct 22 - Tue, Oct 28 $137
Las Vegas San Francisco Tue, Oct 28 - Wed, Oct 29 $125
Fort Lauderdale San Francisco Wed, Oct 29 - Tue, Nov 4 $298
Minneapolis San Francisco Sat, Nov 15 - Sat, Dec 6 $288
Toronto San Francisco Mon, Nov 17 - Fri, Nov 28 $469
Raleigh San Francisco Fri, Sep 26 - Fri, Oct 3 Check rates
Houston San Francisco Tue, Oct 14 - Tue, Nov 11 $310
Orlando San Francisco Tue, Oct 28 - Tue, Nov 11 $306
Detroit San Francisco Wed, Nov 5 - Tue, Nov 11 $317
Beijing San Francisco Wed, Oct 1 - Wed, Oct 22 $1,787
Charlotte San Francisco Thu, Oct 23 - Sat, Nov 1 $368
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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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