When people think of San Francisco, the city on the bay, there are a number of iconic images that spring to mind. Images that have been sealed often with TV and Movies. Clint Eastwood made the city and the infamous Island Prison famous in Escape fro Alcatraz and the iconic Dirty Harry films. Steve McQueen made the windy streets infamous and Michal Douglas roamed the Streets of San Francisco long before Wall Street.
But what about us mere mortals, well the first thing to know about the city on the bay is that a Holiday to San Francisco has plenty to offer everyone. The first thing to decide is if you want to stay on the bay, most of the hotels are located here on the famous fisherman’s wharf. Hotels range from the excellent value Best Western Tuscan Inn to the 4 star hotel end Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf.
Fisherman’s Wharf is an excellent choice if you want to be close to some of the freshest seafood on the Californian coast, but if you prefer to be in the centre of the action and close to Union square for all the best shopping the city has to offer there are a range of hotels; my personal choice was the elegant Hotel Fusion where the bar was a tranquil oasis from the shopping right outside the front door, the waterfall inside calmed even the most stressful shopping soul.
So what to fill your days in San Francisco, and how long can you go on a Holiday to San Francisco for? Well the answer is simple; a weekend or a week! Below is a selection of my personal tips for a short or longer stay:
If you are taking a short stop, the following recommendations are must dos:
- Alcatraz – No Holiday to San Francisco is complete without a trip to the infamous prison that once held AL Capone. Now a national park visitor numbers are limited due to the conservation of the local wildlife, so booking in advance is highly recommended
- Fishermen’s Wharf, from seafood to sea life stroll along the waterfront and see the sea lions basking on the pier, and eat at bubba gumps, maybe forest will even be there!
- The Golden Gate Bridge, you can view this anywhere from the waterfront, but hire a bike and ride to it for a closer look
- The Painted ladies, famous row of multi colored house, now a modern work of art
- Ride the Trolleys, a San Fran must for any visitor
If you are staying a little longer why not hire a car and check out the below
- Carmel by the Sea, just a few hours scenic drive down the coast to visit the idyllic town where Clint eastwood lives and was once the mayor
- Napa Valley. For all the wine lovers out there, a couple of hours to drive through California’s premier wineries
- Yosemite Valley, one of the USA’s most spectacular and best loved national parts, just watch out for those bears!
Whatever you finally do or however long you stay a Holiday to San Francisco has it all, and then a lot more!