Get up close with one of America's most easily-explored and characterful cities on a San Francisco holiday from The Co-operative Travel.
Sat between the Pacific Ocean and the vast San Francisco Bay, the city was founded during the Gold Rush, and the towering beauty of the impressive Golden Gate Bridge has come to represent a symbol of this friendly yet quirky city which has become a melting pot for many different cultures and lifestyles.
It sprang to prominence once again as a hotbed of the hippy movement, with many of its leading figures attracted by the laid-back lifestyle and setting up their original community in the suburb of Haight-Ashbury.
A great way to get around this hilly city, whether on a San Francisco package holiday or all-inclusive holiday, is one of the amazing vintage trams which are another of its great symbols. They're especially recommended for negotiating some of the hillier areas - you'll be amazed at how they tackle the formidable gradients and switchbacks - just remember to hold on tight!
The trams will take you directly to some of San Francisco's most interesting communities, including Italian North Beach, and the largest Chinatown district in America. Both are renowned, of course, for the quality of their respective native cuisines. Elsewhere, an exciting brand of fusion cooking brings together the styles of several of this cosmopolitan city's disparate communities.
If you decide to take a trip onto the Golden Gate Bridge, be sure to wrap up well - it's very windy up there! Likewise, a journey to Alcatraz island to see possibly the world's most notorious prison is well worthwhile, but can be rather blustery. Fisherman's Wharf, the departure point for Alcatraz boat trips, is the best place to spot the bay's native sealions, and, as the name suggests, to try the locally-landed seafood specialities.
You're spoilt for choice for accommodation on a San Francisco holiday, as every major hotel chain is represented, along with a wide selection of smaller guesthouses and inns.
Because of the chilly wind which regularly blows onshore, you have to pick your time to enjoy San Francisco's beaches. However, Ocean Beach and Baker Beach are both recommended, the former as an excellent, long stretch of family-friendly sand, and the latter as a locals' favourite, especially popular for picnics and barbecues as the weather permits.
San Francisco's climate is pretty consistent, with comfortable temperatures all year round, and April to October experiencing relatively low rainfall. This means that if you're after a last-minute holiday or a holiday deal or offer to San Francisco, there is good scope to find them out of the main season.
There's so much to be got from a San Francisco holiday. Culture, history and tradition abound, but the beautiful setting is an attraction in itself. Make sure you experience it all on a San Francisco holiday with The Co-operative Travel. Check us out now for availability of your preferred dates.