Things to do in San Francisco - City Guide by IHG

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Your travel guide to San Francisco

San Francisco is a hodgepodge city packed with quirky things to do—and we mean that in the best way possible. You’ve got your classic landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. Then there’s a burgeoning food scene and in-city hiking trails, complete with totally-worth-it bay views. But to really get a feel for the city, you need to meet the personalities of its unique neighborhoods like The Castro or North Beach. San Francisco is a city where moderation is optional.


Top San Francisco Guides

There's so much to experience here, the most difficult part of planning your trip to San Francisco is simply deciding where to start. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly getaway, spring break escape or romantic retreat, the City by the Bay is primed to please.

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10 things to know before your arrive to San Francisco

Whether you're looking for a family getaway or vacation escape, the City by the Bay will please.


Top 5 San Francisco neighborhoods

Explore the colorful areas (and history) that give San Francisco its unique and vibrant personality.


San Francisco's best places to visit

Throughout the city, you'll find gorgeous parks, hidden gems and iconic buildings worth exploring. 


15 must-eat places in San Francisco

From breakfast to dinner, you'll find that fresh locally sourced ingredients are a way of life.

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Things to do in San Francisco

From mural tours to beautiful outdoor attractions, the city has just what you’re seeking to find.


San Francisco day trips

Cross bridges in any direction to find the diverse towns and cities that call the Bay Area home.

Where to Stay

With more than 30 hotels throughout the Bay Area, IHG has everything you need for a wonderful vacation in Northern California. 

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Kimpton Sir Francis Drake

Things to Do

Whether you’re looking for wine country tours, exclusive looks inside Alcatraz or a morning sail along the Bay, there are more than 450 fun activities for your trip to San Francisco.

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Wine taste your way through Napa and Sonoma on this day trip from San Francisco. 

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Take time out from San Francisco on a half-day trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito.

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Set sail on Sunday mornings aboard the traditional Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands!


This is a one-of-a-kind premier city tour lets you travel the streets of San Francisco in style aboard our authentic Classic Cable Car.


Experience some of the best restaurants throughout SanFrancisco and book your reservation using OpenTable.


Guest photos

When you need some travel inspiration for San Francisco, scroll through these amazing photos from our guests.

Vacation Inspiration

Explore Savannah

Savannah is one of the most charming vacation spots in the U.S. It’s historic downtown district feels much the same as when it was founded, surrounded by ancient oaks, scarved in Spanish Moss, and restored with architecture that now houses craft breweries and museums rather than rapscallion aristocrats. Add in beach time at nearby Tybee Island and you can see why Savannah vacations are always high on our list.