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Destination guide

Discover the City by the Bay with San Francisco holiday lets

From its heyday as a haven for the flower children to its newfound status as a tech heavyweight, San Francisco sure knows how to evolve. The City by the Bay is one of America's most iconic metropolises, offering both world-class attractions and off-the-beaten-track experiences. Wondering where to stay? San Francisco is a city of neighbourhoods, with enclaves to suit every personality. Enjoy tree-lined streets and sidewalk cafes in Cole Valley, discover dockside warehouses and trendy art galleries in Dogpatch, browse luxe boutiques in Nob Hill, or stay close to the action with Francisco holiday rentals just steps from Fisherman's Wharf.

History

Historic attractions near your San Francisco holiday home

San Francisco was originally settled as an 18th-century Spanish mission, and it certainly doesn't scrimp on history. Dedicate a few hours to getting lost in the Chinatown Alleyways, a 22-block maze of narrow backstreets lined with brick buildings and strung with scarlet lanterns. If you want to relive San Fran's legendary "Summer of Love", head to Haight Street, which continues to serve as the city's bohemian enclave. In Alamo Square, you can snap selfies in front of the Painted Ladies, a picture postcard-perfect row of brightly-painted Victorian townhouses. Can't get enough of local history? From carriage houses in Haight-Ashbury to art deco apartments in the Mission District, San Francisco holiday rentals unlock access to characterful accommodation in the heart of the city.

Things to do

Big-ticket attractions with San Francisco holiday rentals

From the landmark Golden Gate Bridge to spine-tingling Alcatraz Island, San Francisco cradles some of North America's most recognisable attractions. You can soak up sunshine in Golden Gate Park, admire contemporary works at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and head down to Pier 39, to watch sea lions basking on the docks. For the best views in town, ride the elevator to the top of Coit Tower, where you'll get 360-degree views over the city skyline. If you want to live the San Francisco highlife, snap up luxury holiday rental apartments in the city's most exclusive skyscrapers.

Activities

Activities and attractions in San Francisco

Are you looking for attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes San Francisco a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Pier 39 (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • San Francisco Zen Center (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of San Francisco

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, San Francisco is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Palace of Fine Arts (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Twin Peaks (3.4 mi / 5.4 km)
  • Mavericks (20.4 mi / 32.8 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (3.6 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Angel Island (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around San Francisco

Fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.8 mi (19.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, San Francisco 4th and King Station, San Francisco 22nd Street Station and San Francisco Bayshore Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around San Francisco by catching a ride on the metro at Powell St. Station, Montgomery St. Station or Civic Center Station.

How to get around

Getting around San Francisco from your holiday rental

San Francisco is a commuter's dream, with an extensive network of public transport options whisking passengers around the city. You'll find almost 50 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations located across the city, as well as buses, streetcars and cable cars. Much of the city is easy to get around on foot, so why not stay local, with San Francisco holiday rentals located in your favourite neighbourhoods?

Food & drink 

Bite into San Francisco's legendary food scene

One thing's for sure, you won't go hungry in San Francisco. Head to upscale Jackson Square for Michelin-starred restaurants or mix it up with sizzling Szechuan eateries and dim sum in Chinatown. Seafood lovers can bite into a bounty of abalone, sand dabs, shrimp and crab hauled in from San Francisco Bay. While the city is loaded with brunch spots, why not try whipping up your own version of Joe’s Special, a signature San Francisco dish featuring spinach, onions, mushrooms, ground beef and scrambled eggs? Serve with a slice of crusty sourdough bread and enjoy on the terrace of your holiday rental apartment.

Essential info

Essential info for your San Francisco holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on US dollars at local ATMs across the city
  • Avoid getting lost by downloading an offline map
  • Tipping is customary in the USA, with 15% considered standard and anything more a bonus for excellent service
  • Want to maximise your chances of sunshine? Check out holiday rentals in Mission District, Bernal Heights and Potrero Hill, three of San Francisco's sunniest neighbourhoods

How many holiday rentals are available around San Francisco?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,840 holiday lettings around San Francisco. From 823 flats & apartments to 660 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to San Francisco?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in San Francisco:

  • Marina District: 377 holiday homes
  • Fisherman's Wharf: 692 holiday homes
  • Presidio Heights: 82 holiday homes
  • Western Addition: 287 holiday homes
  • Noe Valley: 336 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to San Francisco?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in San Francisco. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • San Francisco 22nd Street Station: 2,281 holiday lettings
  • Mrs. Doubtfire House: 2,193 holiday lettings
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center: 2,253 holiday lettings
  • Bay Area Theatresports: 2,184 holiday lettings
  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption: 2,222 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around San Francisco listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Flats in San Francisco?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 823 Flats in San Francisco. Our other popular types of San Francisco holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 660 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 3 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 51 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in San Francisco?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 197 holiday homes with pool available in San Francisco. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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