The Bay Area consists of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. The name ‘San Francisco Bay’ was chosen for a reason though: San Fran is the real star of the show! The city is chock full of unforgettable attractions, culture, and rolling hills. Add one of the most iconic American images with the Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco is an absolute must-visit. We don't just help you find the perfect boutique, luxury, or budget hotel for your trip. We’re happy to give you the 411 on what to do while you’re there!
Of course, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the first stops for any visitor. This marvel of modern architecture has to be seen in person to be appreciated fully. But this isn’t the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wonders of this coastal city. Harken back to the days of yore, riding the city’s famous cable cars to beloved spots including Nob Hill, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman’s Wharf is by itself a playground that could take up a good chunk of your trip. An aquarium, shopping, delectable seafood dining, and a wealth of activities are the reasons why it’s one of San Francisco’s number one draws. And don’t forget to hop on a boat tour to the world’s most famous prison, Alcatraz Island!
San Francisco is also famous because of its extreme diversity. This is expressed in many ways, such as through a smorgasbord of dining choices and one-of-a-kind neighborhoods. Chinatown, Haight Ashbury, North Beach, and The Mission District are full of art and culture.
As with any popular destination, San Francisco has a variety of places to stay. Budget hotels and motels are easy to find near your preferred home base, as are luxury standouts. These include Taj Campton, the InterContinental Hotel Mark Hopkins, and The Scarlett Huntington. (Pro-tip: look in the Nob Hill area when setting up shop for a luxe getaway.) However, San Francisco is particularly famous for its boutique hotels. With the deals you’ll get through Triphop, there’s no reason not to go for one of these one-of-a-kind experiences! With its stunning architecture, The Clift Hotel has long been the pearl of Union Square. Hotel Zeppelin keeps things San Fran psychedelic, even offering its guests vintage record players and vinyl! The Phoenix is another music lover’s favorite, and it's the choice of rock stars playing at the nearby Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Meanwhile, the Hotel Vitale is an excellent spot for incredible Bay views.
So when’s the best time to visit San Francisco? Well, rates are likely cheapest before Christmas and into early January – but October often is another time you can save. The incredible thing about this is that in autumn, San Francisco has some of the best weather of the year! As for renting a car, conventional wisdom advises against it. Parking in San Francisco can be incredibly expensive, and some hotels charge extra for parking. Of course, some visitors, especially those with families, will need access to a car. In this case, ensure that your hotel offers free parking, and use tricks as a local would. For example, after 6 pm Monday to Saturday, many metered parking areas are free. Just out running errands? Look out for green painted curbs that offer free short-term parking.