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Come discover the unique districts that make up San Francisco, from Haight to the Pier there's so much to see, do and eat. Home to not only the Golden Gate Bridge but also the original Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop, the so-called "crookedest street" in the world and so much more!


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San Francisco is such a diverse city, from the top of the city to the bottom, there's literally something to see and do at every level. Being such a hilly city there are numerous viewpoints to pique your interest, such as Twin Peaks and Coit Tower. Scattered around the city there's enough art galleries and exhibits to fill your stay with nothing but art, some of the most notable being the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Palace of Fine Arts. Looking for some of that eclectic San Francisco vibe? Head over to Haight-Ashbury for some cool vintage shops. Down by the water, check out Pier 39 and say hello to the resident sea lions, and make sure to swing by Boudin Bakery for some delicious baked goods.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check-in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for the U.S. Department of State at

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Web site of the U.S. Department of State at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 51° to 70°
October through April: 54° to 63°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15 - 20% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phones.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, private transfers, ridesharing services, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules for public transportation, please inquire at your hotel.

Top Experiences

  • Golden Gate Bridge : A symbol of San Francisco since 1937, you can't miss this bridge. Popular viewpoints include Baker Beach and Golden Gate Overlook, for a more up-close experience, bike rentals are available near the bridge.

  • Alcatraz Island : This tiny island is home to one of America's most famous prisons.

  • Union Square : Known for its shopping, classy hotels and theatres.

  • Lombard Street : Nicknamed "the crookedest street in the world" with eight sharp switchbacks lined with greenery this street is iconic.

  • Pier 39 : A bustling spot filled with shops, restaurants, arcade and street performers, also one of the best places to spot some California sea lions.

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