COOL DOWN IN SAN FRANCISCO
There’s something for everyone in the city by the bay. Superb food, fun nightlife and great people.
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Holidays in San Francisco offer incredible entertainment for everyone. San Fran has a very European feel – it is walkable, full of history and has great restaurants. See the eclectic sights of the city, and explore the massive Golden Gate Park.
Visit iconic streets with trundling cable cars, the Fisherman’s Wharf where you can buy delicious clam chowder, and Pier 39. Head over to Alcatraz to see how dangerous criminals lived in cells on the infamous island prison – but be sure to book before you go. The Latin-infused Mission District has colourful markets and Mexican bakeries, whilst Haight Ashbury’s hippie roots are still very present. San Fran is a small city that is big on food, with hundreds of high-end restaurants vying for your attention. Book one of our carefully selected hotels, they provide the perfect base for exploring this fabulous city.
From sumptuous spas and designer boutiques to award-winning cuisine at wonderful restaurants and hotels, luxury here is simple and sophisticated. Unwind at the Bliss spa at W San Francisco, a tranquil getaway with an outdoor cabana on the terrace. Or take afternoon tea at the famous Fairmont San Francisco, where delicious cakes and sandwiches remind guests of bygone times. Sample some of the best food on the west coast or go to the ballet for a cultural highlight.
There is a wide range of world-class golf courses on offer in San Francisco. From the stunning Presidio, complete with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Olympic Club - which was home to the 2012 US Open Championships. The world-famous Pebble Beach Links course is just a two hour drive away, which is renowned for its design and stunning surroundings. It hugs the rugged Californian coastline, with bluffs and buffs providing spectacular panoramic vistas amid difficult, sloping greens.
First-time visitors to the Bay area will enjoy the exhilarating cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf. Take a stroll along the waterfront, then sit down for a lunch of freshly-caught Dungeness crab and local steam beer. Spend the afternoon discovering the Golden Gate Park – glorious in autumn – before heading to the waterfall at Strawberry Hill and the man-made Stow Lake. Take a walk through the lovely theatre district and see a show or go for a romantic dinner at the world-class restaurants that festoon the area around the Seal Rocks.
Renowned for its famous museums and vibrant arts community, San Francisco has been home to arts and culture since its conception. The Museum of Modern Art was the first of its kind on the west coast, solely dedicated to modern, contemporary art. The Palace of Fine Arts, with its tranquil surrounding lagoon is said to be one of the most photographed places in the city. The history of San Francisco can be seen everywhere – the Victorian wooden houses ‘Painted Ladies’, Lombard Street’s twists and turns and Telegraph Hill.
Union Square is a shopper’s dream – home to high-end boutiques, department stores and chain stores – it will cater for every whim. Alternatively, travel a few blocks to the opulent Westfield shopping centre. The stylish shops of Chestnut Street sit alongside delightful cafés and restaurants. Search for San Fran souvenirs and trinkets here. Haight Ashbury retains its hippie roots, and offers counterculture arts and crafts. For art galleries and shops, head over to Hayes Valley, and perhaps sit at a trendy wine bar to relax after your spree.
High Life takes a nearly carbon-neutral break in the city that could teach the planet how to beat global warming.