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

San Francisco Pocket Guide

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San Francisco City Reviews

  • 80%


    One of my favourite cities in the world

    I can't really give a straight forward answer on why I love San Fran so much, but I do. It's a beautiful city and has such an awesome vibe to it. The pier is great, the cable car is fun to ride, and obviously, there's the Bridge which is worth a walk across.

    Insider Tip:Don't bother trying to stay out past 2 am, you'll find all the bars shut then or even earlier.

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    San Francisco- book Alcatraz in advance!

    I had no real interest in seeing a prison but having gone I'd really recommend Alcatraz as the tour is so well done it's really interesting. Go at night for more atmosphere. The trams (as in the public transport ones rather than the cable cars) are fun but very unreliable. Wait 50 mins then 3 come at once...

    Insider Tip:Book Alcatraz weeks in advance especially for weekends. It really does sell out!

  • 90%


    Beautiful City.

    Such a gorgeous city to visit, beautiful streets and atmopshere. A trip to Alcatraz should be on your list of things to do when here, it was great. Ride the golden gate bridge, the views are breathtaking.

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    Overall Conveniently Situated In The City

    Overall location is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco with local food places nearby and the ability to walk anywhere.

    Insider Tip:Take advantage of the free event sign ups to see the city. I didn't have the opportunity to do this but the event information looked very well organized.

  • 80%


    Beautiful city with amazing views (Golden Gate, Lombard street, Fisherman wharf and so on) Be prepared to walk a lot. The cable car price is ridiculously expensive

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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