City Guide San Francisco, USA

Visiting San Francisco

It's seldom you hear a bad word about San Francisco. There's good reason for that. One of America’s smaller cities, the list of things to do and see in the 47 square miles it covers is endless. This is the city that has given cable cars, frighteningly steep hills, the world’s most famous prison, one of the most beautiful bridges on the planet, and eclectic and trendy neighbourhoods. After a visit you’ll be spreading the good word in no time.

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San Francisco Podcasts

San Francisco - Ask the locals

Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty takes to the streets of San Francisco to ask the locals there where they like to go out at night, where they like to eat, what is their favourite neighbourhood and more.

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Walking up Lombard Street in San Francisco

Colm gives you the lowdown on San Francisco while walking up Lombard Street

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San Francisco Pocket Guide

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San Francisco City Reviews

  • 40%



    horrible.. full of homeless people.. the golden gate bridge was nice.. terrible mas transit system..

  • 80%


    Lots to do

    There are lots of things to do in SF - it's a really fun place to visit and is quite safe and pleasant once you get used to the crowds of homeless people. Good activities include a boat trip to Alcatraz, exploring Pier 39 and seeing the sealions, cycling over the Golden Gate bridge and around town, and taking a trip on a street car.

    Insider Tip:If you don't want to pay $6 for a single ride on the tourist street car just take route F Muni which is a similar style of street car and takes you right to the piers from Market Street. Also google for the best deals on bicycle rentals - don't fall for the $5 off coupons which you get with the free maps.

  • 80%


    San Francisco is just as everyone's saying - beautiful

    Great are: Cable Cars, Painted ladies, Alcatraz (get tickets in advance), Lombart street, walking down Filbert steps, strolling around Fisherman's wharf, Golden Gate Park, just walking up and down the steep streets and enyoing the view.

  • 90%


    The Beats of SF

    San Francisco is one of those cities that offers so much in terms of culture, experience and character. The people of SF are wonderful and having such a positive energy about them. The coffee is excellent, the reading is excellent, the bridge is excellent. Overall I left and felt sad that I was leaving, it's a city that leaves you wanting more while delivering so many good times.

    Insider Tip:Beer pong at Bar None and hire bikes and cycle the Golden Gate Bridge

  • 90%


    San Francisco

    It's a fantastic city, loads of great places to eat and so many things to see. Public transport is excellent too.

    Insider Tip:If you can find the time during your stay in SF, try getting out on the Incredible Adventures 3-day camping trip to Yosemite National Park - it's great value for money and you really do need 3 days to see it.

USA: Itinerary

California’s most northerly city is also the Golden State’s most laidback. Walking around the hazy streets, its eclectic mix of hippies, bohemians and hobos are an attraction in their own right. With a population of approximately three quarters of a million people, it is also where you will find some of America’s more unique streets and neighbourhoods. And then there’s that bridge…

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