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San Francisco Holidays
A melting pot for many different cultures and lifestyles
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.
Beach holidays in San Francisco
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.
San Francisco - CA Hotel
Adagio Hotel San Francisco, Downtown/Union Square/Nob Hill
San francisco's iconic hotel adagio is undergoing an exciting $7 million transformation to debut this summer. The revamp will include a new lobby, restaurant, updated guest rooms and a newly concepted bar as well as the addition of a unique theatre... See More InfoSee More Info
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Golden Gate, Fisherman's Wharf/Russian Hill
The Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Golden Gate is located on famous Lombard Street (the Crookedest Street in the World is just a short walk away), near Fisherman's Wharf and within easy access to North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge in the... See More InfoSee More Info
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites SoMa, South Of Market
The Americas Best Value Inn & Suites SoMa is located off famous Folsom Street just south of Market in the culturally rich city of San Francisco. One of the Bay Area's best deals conveniently located near Moscone Convention Center, this recently... See More InfoSee More Info
Americas Best Value Inn Extended Stay Civic Center (ex.Abigail), Downtown/Union Square/Nob Hill
Built in 1925 to accommodate celebrities performing at theatres nearby, the americas best value inn extended stay civic center is ideally located in the heart of the theatre and arts district, just opposite the asian art museum and next to the civic... See More InfoSee More Info
Americas Best Value Inn Extended Stay Union Square, Downtown/Union Square/Nob Hill
The Americas Best Value Inn Extended Stay Union Square rests right in the heart of the culturally rich city of San Francisco. Fully remodelled in 2009, this classic 1920's hotel has 80 comfortable rooms with modern amenities and extras such as a Lite... See More InfoSee More Info
Argonaut, Fisherman's Wharf/Russian Hill
The hotel is located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, within walking distance of all the restaurants and attractions the Wharf has to offer. From the stunning waterfront views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island to the richness, comfort... See More InfoSee More Info
Argonaut Hotel - a Kimpton Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf/Russian Hill
Welcome to the Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, a luxury Boutique Hotel in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Located in San Francisco's most popular destination, this historic waterfront hotel offers guests an inviting atmosphere, personal services and... See More InfoSee More Info
Argonaut Hotel Fisherman's Wharf, Fisherman's Wharf/Russian Hill
In the heart of Fisherman's Wharf and adjacent to the Aquatic Park and Hyde Street Pier, this first-class boutique hotel appeals to families, luxury travelers and couples seeking a romantic stay in San Francisco. Embodying elements of the city's rich... See More InfoSee More Info
BEST WESTERN PLUS Carriage Inn, Japan town
Experience the exciting bay area while staying at this San Francisco hotel where the location, amenities, and service are phenomenal. Explore everything SFO has to offer like Alcatraz, Pier 39, the cable cars and Union Square. Take in a San Francisco... See More InfoSee More Info
BEST WESTERN PLUS Tuscan Inn at Fisherman's Wharf, Fisherman's Wharf/Russian Hill
Experience the best of San Francisco at this boutique hotel - voted "The Best Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf". The BEST WESTERN PLUS Tuscan Inn at Fisherman's Wharf is an Italian villa-style hotel nestled in the heart of San Francisco - voted "Best Hotel... See More InfoSee More Info