The ‘City by the Bay’ is brimming with sights to rival many of America’s biggest cities. Expect photogenic landmarks, fantastic food, gorgeous parks and speciality museums in abundance. During your California family holiday, you’ll be swept off your feet by this magical, fog-feathered destination and its eccentric, forward-thinking culture.
Straddling the vast strait of its namesake, a visit here would be incomplete without crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge at least once. Cycle over the bridge during a half-day bike tour of the city’s eclectic neighbourhoods, ending in Sausalito. Here you can recoup calories at the local delis, catch some live music courtesy of Jazz and Blues by the Bay, then hop on the ferry back from Fisherman’s Wharf. For something less labour intensive, book one of the city’s famous vintage cable cars. You’ll have this transport all to yourself for an extraordinary sightseeing experience with the family. You can even cruise under the bridge on the deck of San Francisco’s only America’s Cup racing yacht, or appreciate its majesty from up high during a seaplane tour.
One of the best times to visit San Francisco is September. At this time of year, the veils of fog draped over the city have largely lifted, the crowds have thinned out and the climate has turned positively Mediterranean.
We recommend a stay at The Zetta hotel in San Francisco’s SoMa – a district synonymous with tech-savvy entrepreneurship. In keeping with its neighbourhood, the stylish property boasts some neat hi-tech features, including wireless sound systems and smart device connectivity. But, most importantly, it’s a comfy place to bed down.