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Top Things to do in San Francisco: If you’re in town on business or for a family visit and have some extra time to spare, check out a few of San Francisco’s top attractions. If you consider yourself a bit of a history buff, hop on the ferry to Alcatraz Island for a self-guided tour of the abandoned federal prison. Alcatraz Island is also home to the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast.
For a different type of adventure, immerse yourself in a unique part of San Francisco’s culture with a hotel stay in Chinatown. Along its colorful streets, you'll discover architectural marvels, Chinese restaurants, handmade goods, and novelty shopping. If you simply want to enjoy Northern California scenery, head over to Baker Beach to capture breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Although you won’t be able to swim at the beach, it’s the perfect spot for sunbathing, hiking, and fishing.
Explore S’more: Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve is a 61-acre outdoor adventure reserve that features more than 5 miles of hiking and biking trails. It’s the perfect lush forest escape for wildlife photography and solo adventuring. Is getting out on the water more your thing? At Dogpatch Paddle you can rent paddleboards and kayaks to explore on your own or take private or group lessons. Or maybe you’d like to get further out to see and embark on a whale watching and sea animal excursion on a dolphin and whale watching adventure with San Francisco Whale Tours, during which you can also catch glimpses of seals, harbor porpoises, and more.
Unusual Foodie Stops: Unique dining experiences abound in San Francisco. Crown & Crumpet is a quaint tea and bakery shop with décor reminiscent of an English eatery. If you want to catch dinner and a movie, try Foreign Cinema, a unique street-side restaurant where you can see arthouse films and delight in a refined menu that features foods for brunch and dinner—and with desserts like pumpkin chevre cheesecake with pomegranate and huckleberry sauce, you’ll never want to leave. Tonga Room & Hurricane Club serves tiki food and drinks in a tropical setting fit for a Hollywood set. Dine around the central lagoon and enjoy tropical thunderstorms and live music as bands play on a floating boat.
If it’s brunch you want, you’re in luck. Brenda’s French Soul Food serves everything from beignets and po’boys to French toast and blackened voodoo barbeque sauce oysters. If you can already taste the chipotle rémoulade hushpuppies melting in your mouth, Brenda’s French Soul Food needs to be your first meal after landing at SFO.
San-Can’t-Resist-O: San Francisco features hundreds of hidden attractions. The Secret Tiled Staircase consists of 163 steps of colorful mosaic tile art that rewards stunning views of the Sunset district in San Francisco. The artsy attraction is featured beside a garden that serves as a natural habitat preservation effort for the Green Hairstreak Butterfly. Pier 39 is another San Francisco Bay attraction you won’t want to miss. The pier features fresh seafood restaurants, boating docks, an Alcatraz gift shop, artisan and souvenir shops, and front row seats to the Pier 39 sea lions.
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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco Flights
How to get cheap flights to San Francisco?
Hotwire believes your flight to SFO should be as comfortable as your hotel stay. That’s why booking a flight to San Francisco, California with Hotwire gets you the best of comfort and affordability. And if you book a Hotwire Hot Rate, you’re sure to score a deal on a last-minute flight to San Francisco that can save you up to 60%. With savings like that, you’ll have more money to spend on your Golden City adventures.
What is the name of San Francisco’s airport?
The Bay Area has three international airports, each in different cities. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is San Francisco’s premier international airport. Oakland International Airport (OAK) is a second airport near San Francisco, just 12 miles away. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is in San Jose, just an hour away. When booking your flight, be sure to pay close attention to the airport's name to ensure that you arrive at SFO, not OAK or SJC.
What airport is best to fly into San Francisco?
You may be wondering whether it is best to catch a flight to San Francisco International Airport or Oakland International Airport. If you want to land in the heart of San Francisco without having to worry about traffic on the bridge slowing you down, SFO is the airport for you. If you’re spending more time east of The City, OAK could be the better option.
What is the cheapest month to fly to San Francisco?
As with many United States destinations, the high season is December through January. August is the cheapest month to buy plane tickets to San Francisco.
Can I fly to SFO right now?
With all the recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, many people are wondering, “Is it safe to travel to San Francisco right now?” Be sure to stay updated on travel and destination restrictions while you travel. When booking your next trip, refer to the guidance on traveling during the coronavirus pandemic to stay safe.