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

  • 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.

  • 90%


    i will be back

    a good city to relax, meet new friends. cool in summer. world famous university. creative companies around here

  • 70%


    Very clean, great location, but no communal area.

    A lot of previous reviews complain about the noise. My room was on the 2nd floor (the music studio is in the basement) and the noise was not an issue. And it did stop promptly at 11:15.The staff was very helpful and the facilities were extremely clean. The major downside, as others have mentioned, is that there isn't a communal area to meet the other travelers. Re: security, it was a non-issue -- there are homeless people around, but that's just how it is in San Fran, and it's not dangerous.

  • 80%


    4 days in San Francisco

    In 4 days visited.. Chinatown, Cable car museum (and a ride on a cable car), Grace Cathedral, Lombard Street, Coit tower, Transamerica pyramid, Mission Dolores, Twin peaks, Fisherman's wharf, Pier 39, Alcatraz, Castro Theatre, Golden Gate Bride and park, De young museum, Yosemite national park

    Insider Tip:Try to go on a tour of the city with a local to get yourself acquainted and see all the major sights in one go. Try some clam chowder down on Fisherman's wharf from any of the vendors. If you have time make a day trip to the Yosemite - quite a drive from San Francisco but so beautiful - totally worth it (recommend Incredible Adventure tours)

  • 70%


    Another US iconic city

    The city that famous with Alcatraz and the Golden Gate might have more to offer if you know what you looking for. The hilly city might be an issue for some travelers but the public transport is somehow iconic, mostly the tram and the cable car will take you around the city easily.

    Insider Tip:During the high season, you might want to pre-book the ticket for certain attraction like the Alcatraz. It might sold out for a week in advance.

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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