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What to do in San Francisco
San Francisco is the cultural centre of Northern California and it has something for everyone. From the latest fashion trends, iconic landmarks, gorgeous parks, waterfronts and more, San Francisco won’t disappoint you.
Right off the bat, you’ll be greeted by the city’s world-famous Golden Gate Bridge. In fact, the bridge is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Other San Francisco landmarks that should be in your travel photos are Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Civic Center, and the Alamo Square Park.
A visit to Presidio is a must so you can see beautiful architecture with a scenic park. Nearby is the Palace of Fine Arts which has hints of Roman and Greek architecture for the culture vulture in you. Stroll along the marina next to find excellent viewing spots of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Spend your time and dollars by shopping at Cow Hollow, Union Street, and Union Square. Fillmore Street, Chestnut Street, Hayes Street, as well as Japantown and Chinatwon are also fantastic shopping spots.
Don’t miss out on San Francisco’s best event and see a whole new side of the city. There’s the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown, the Union Street Art Festival, Tet Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and the San Francisco Blues Festival.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to having fun in the city. So to help you get more travel inspiration, here’s a list of 30 things to do in San Francisco.
When to visit San Francisco
San Francisco is a year-round destination, so the best time to visit depends on your travel itinerary. High season for tourists are from June-September and November, low season is from December to April, and shoulder season is May and October. The best time to visit San Francisco for great deals is during autumn (September-November) where hotel rates drop, plus November’s also the cheapest time to fly to San Francisco.
Australians can fly to the US and travel to San Francisco for up to 90 days once you’ve secured your Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months when you return to Australia. Check out Smartraveller for the full scoop on US travel info.
Travelling to and around San Francisco
You’ll touch down at the San Francisco International Airport, and from there you can reach the city by taking the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), airport shuttle, and taxi. Travel around San Francisco by BART, Caltrain, public bus, hop-on hop-off bus, metro, cable car, and taxi.
Airlines that offer cheap flights to San Francisco from Australia include:
- American Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Etihad Airways
- China Southern Airlines
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