Holidays in San Francisco

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San Francisco is a famous hilly city, situated on the northeastern side of the USA. Originally founded in the late 1770s, when Spanish colonialists established their presence in the area, the city has rapidly developed over the past three centuries to become a popular holiday destination.

San Francisco holidays: when to go and how to get there

The city of San Francisco uses two time zones: Pacific Standard Time and Pacific Daylight time. San Francisco holidays are best taken during the dry summer seasons. To get to San Francisco, you can fly in to the city's International Airport, or drive in on the Bay Bridge road, which crosses the San Francisco Bay to the east. The famous Golden Gate Bridge to the north provides another point of access.

San Francisco: what to do

San Francisco is celebrated for its historic monuments, including the former prison on the notorious Alcatraz Island. Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf are also worth a visit. In the evenings, you can explore the city’s vibrant night-life in the bars in the Mission District, or dance the night away in one of the clubs in the North Beach area. Art lovers can catch the finest in contemporary art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Union Square and the Marina are the best areas for shopping. Chinatown, next to Portsmouth Square, is also worth a visit. Here, visitors can indulge their taste-buds through fine Chinese dishes, or explore significant cultural landmarks such as the Lin Zexu or the Confucius statues. San Francisco holidays may also include a visit to its renowned zoo. Those who prefer sealife can take a whale-watching trip to the nearby Farallon Islands.