San Francisco Holidays

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Shining brightly on the USA’s western coast, San Francisco possesses all of the ingredients of a perfect holiday: beauty, culture, history and plenty of surrounds worth exploring. In fact, with the scenic stretch of Highway 1 to the south, Napa Valley to the north and Yosemite National Park to the west, San Francisco is one of our favourite places to begin a holiday in the USA. Position aside, San Francisco is also worth travelling for a city break on its own. From the hippie sixties to the hipster-day present, the city has a reputation for always being at the forefront of culture and innovation. It's hard to believe, but San Francisco was only transferred from Mexico to the USA in 1848. Coincidentally, the place boomed just after the treaty was signed – the California Gold Rush had begun. Fast-forward to today and San Francisco is still experiencing a gold rush of sorts, this time in the form of technology by way of Silicon Valley. It's also one of the most liberal cities in the US, known for its welcoming, anything-goes atmosphere. So whether as the starting point to a bigger itinerary, or a city break by itself, you're going to love San Francisco.

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San Francisco Holiday Types

Looking to visit San Francisco as part of a larger USA holiday? We’re here to help. Whether for romance or a road trip adventure below you can browse our San Francisco holiday types that include a stay in the city as part of a wider itinerary.

San Francisco Holiday Planning Guide

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Top Things to Do

Top 3 Things to Do in San Francisco

  • Do an audio tour of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco
  • Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Ride one of the cable cars
When to Go

When to Go to San Francisco

Despite its California location, San Francisco is notorious for its slightly cooler and slightly unpredictable weather. Sunny one day and foggy the next, when packing for San Francisco is best to prepare for the unexpected. Generally speaking though, the city experiences mild temperatures averaging 7 to 20°C. The autumn months of September to November is when San Francisco is said to have its best weather with warm temperatures without the summer crowds. The spring months of March to May are also ideal with mild weather ideal for exploring the city.

Getting Around

Getting Around San Francisco

Most people in San Francisco like to walk around their city. Be warned though, the city’s hills can grow tiresome. When they do, there are plenty of other transport options including train via the BART system, light rail, buses and of course cable and trolley cars. You can also hire a car in San Francisco, but beware that like most big cities, finding parking can be troublesome and expensive. For more advice, check out our guide on things to know before you go to San Francisco

More Information

More About San Francisco

Population: 864,816

Currency: US Dollar

Language: English

Vaccinations: Extra vaccinations are not required.

Getting There

Flight time: London to San Francisco flight time is 11 hours.

Airport: San Francisco International Airport.

Visas: British Citizens require an ESTA, which you can apply for online.

Why Book Your San Francisco Holiday with Flight Centre

We know San Francisco: Many of our Experts have visited San Francisco while our USA specialists work closely with the city’s hotels and tour operators to ensure our holidays feature the latest and greatest that city has to offer, and at the best value prices.

Local knowledge: Flight Centre has stores and offices throughout the USA, giving us access to fantastic local knowledge. With a team on the ground in the US, we’ll not only ensure you have a fantastic experience, but also offer you insider information and tips that only locals will know.

Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.

Flight Centre Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a holiday to the USA from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.