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San Francisco

I left my heart in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities on the west coast. Famed for its steep rolling hills, iconic bridges, unique architecture, and its wonderful location on the Pacific Coast Highway. Cosmopolitan and diverse, the stunning Bay Area just gets better with time.

From hippies to hipsters, gold rush to dot coms – San Francisco has had a colourful history. Art, culture and past glories intertwine – such as the vintage cable cars criss-crossing the city, or the counterculture roots of Haight-Ashbury – ‘Frisco’ is a city of constant change. San Francisco’s capacity to embrace social change and subcultures creates an intriguing place. The Victorian splendour of the ‘Painted Ladies’ of Alamo Square contest with the high-rise megaliths of the Financial District. Museums and galleries vie for your attention against sports and shopping. Add to this world-class restaurants, great bars and idyllic parks and you have the makings of a fantastic holiday.

Holidays in San Francisco.
Holidays in San Francisco

Combine your flight + hotel with British Airways to create an unforgettable break in California. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, the iconic cable cars and much more on holidays in San Francisco.

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Car hire in San Francisco.
Car hire in San Francisco

Our flexible car hire, in partnership with Avis, gives you the freedom to create your own itinerary around San Francisco’s rolling hills and iconic bridges. Don’t miss a chance to visit the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley, just north of the city.

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Golden Gate City Festivals.
Golden Gate City Festivals

One of the most diverse cities in the USA, San Francisco has it all. Since the 60s and the height of counter-culture, San Fran has been a musical and cultural hotspot. The SF Outsidelands Festival at the Golden Gate Park has some of the biggest names in music and food. Watch Radiohead or Lana Del Rey whilst drinking craft ale and eating gastronomic hot dogs from 5 to 7 August. Another great festival happens in October (TBC) on the wonderfully-named Treasure Island, just near San Francisco Bay. Small but inspiring, the eponymous Treasure Island Festival provides two days of music and mayhem.

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Union Square
Union Square

The cosmopolitan and chic Union Square is a haven for shopaholics, with its abundant shopping opportunities. They range from well-known department stores, like Macy’s, to exclusive designer boutiques and lesser celebrated emporiums. Union Square is a one-block plaza boasting a 97-foot Corinthian column, with flower stands, palm trees and a great atmosphere. You will also find some great food options, from high-end restaurants to food stands selling hot dogs and pizza – it caters for everyone looking for a bite to eat after shopping.

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San Francisco vista helicopter tour
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The sky is the limit on this fantastic tour of San Francisco and the Bay area. The perfect way to admire the San Francisco skyline, its rolling hills and the famous infamous Alcatraz island. You will be whisked away on this once in a lifetime trip, over the bay and across the city. Gaze in wonder at the Bay Bridge and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a wonder of the world. The pilot knows this city and its history so sit back and enjoy the ride.

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San Francisco: an insider’s guide

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Local travel writer Gary Diedrichs reveals his favouite places to eat, drink and shop in America’s quintessential culinary city.

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