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San Francisco is officially called the city and county of San Francisco. It is also known as Frisco, San Fran, SF or “The City”. San Francisco is the commercial, financial and cultural center of Northern California. It is the 15th largest city in the US based on its population. The city extends 121 square kilometers and is located along the San Francisco Bay. San Francisco is a major city with great financial and commercial importance contributing a GDP of more than $549 billion as of 2018 making it the fourth-largest economy in the United States. SF is also the highest-rated American city on the world livability raking making it an ideal choice for people to live in America. The city is home to five major banking institutions that have their headquarters here along with many top companies, Levi Strauss, Gap Inc, Dolby, Airbnb, Twitter, Uber just to name a few. Many foreign and domestic students come to this city to join the well known educational institutions like the USF, UCSF, SFSU, etc. that are prestigious internationally.
San Francisco was founded & established as Presidio of San Francisco on 26th June 1776 by the Spanish colonists in the name of St. Francis of Assisi. The city saw a huge growth during the California Gold Rush of 1849 whereby it grew into the largest city on the West Coast. The city also has a sad side in history while three fourth of it was devastated by earthquake-induced fire in 1906 though it was rebuilt fast with a modern touch.
San Francisco is also a popular tourist destination and well known for its cool summer climate, rolling hills, a different type of architecture and city landmarks that include the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Warf, Chinatown, Alcatraz, and its cable cars.
Tip: The city is prone to frequent earthquakes with minor earthquakes occurring on a regular basis, however, it is safe with strict building codes and earthquake-proof infrastructure and utility systems.
Getting to San Francisco
San Francisco is catered to by the San Francisco International Airport. The airport is 13 miles from downtown and is a major international airport that acts as a gateway to Europe and Asia. There are direct flights to San Francisco from all of North America and from major cities across the world. Being the 24th busiest airport in the world it is also the hub for United Airlines and Alaska Airlines that operate many flights to San Francisco daily. Other global operators like American Airlines, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Swiss Air and many others provide excellent air connectivity options for cheap flights to San Francisco.
Tip: If you are planning to travel to San Francisco it is recommended that you book your ticket well in advance so that you can take advantage of early-bird discounts and other attractive offers.
Tourist Attractions in San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations from corporate conferences and conventions. Moscone Center is one of the biggest and most preferred convention centers along with a hotel that is preferred by most companies to have their global events in the US.
Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic identities of San Francisco that is also the most photographed bridge in the world and makes a great place for tourists to visit. Nob Hill offers a vantage point for a great view of the bridge along the blue waters of San Francisco Bay.
Alcatraz Island is another tourist attraction where you can take a ferry ride to see the now-defunct Alcatraz penitentiary that was once a notorious and infamous prison. The island also is home to many seabirds that nest here.
Fisherman’s Warf is an area that is worth paying a visit if you are visiting SF for the first time. The place is well known as the Little Italy of SF and has many shops and restaurants with a setting along the beautiful waterfront. You can take a cruise for sightseeing in the city or even go for a fishing charter. Other attractions in the area are Madam Tussauds Museum of Wax, Ripley's Believe it or not beside others. You can also visit the San Francisco Maritime National history Park in this area. For shopping head out to Pier 39 that hosts more than 130 stores and nice places for family eating.
A visit to San Francisco is incomplete without a ride on its iconic cable cars that date back to 1873 and roll down the many hills that are part of San Francisco city. Take the Powell – Mason, and Powell – Hyde routes as it gives the most scenic ride in the city.
Besides the above, the other major tourist attractions that you must visit are the China Town, Golden Gate Park, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. and a day trip to Napa Valley.
Tip: Take a day trip to Napa Valley that is 1.5 Hrs journey and cherish the scenic beauty along with a visit to the largest grape growing area in California.
Where to Stay in San Francisco
If you are in San Francisco and want to be close to the tourist attractions, you may want to stay near Union Square. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and theaters that one can enjoy in this area. Fisherman’s Warf is also popular are to stay.
Tip: If you are in SF for a family vacation, then take a hotel in the Fisherman’s Warf area for peaceful holidays along the misty bay.
Local Culture and Language
San Francisco is a mixed population city that has a sizable chunk of Asians and a small percentage of African Americans. Chinese comprise 21% of the total population in the city which primarily comprises Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists besides others. A large part of the population speaks English so you will feel right at home here. Since the city has a large presence of techno employees you will find people from almost all countries here.
Tip: With your English, you will do just fine in the city. Take help from people in case you need directions as they are helpful.
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Flights to San Francisco & FAQ
What are some travel guidelines for San Francisco during the COVID19 pandemic?Entry restrictions and flight schedule changes and cancellations are frequently updated and subject to change. If you plan to travel to San Francisco, please obtain the most updated information from the airline you plan to book your travels with. You can also refer to COVID19 Country/Region Entry Restrictions for more information.
Which airlines offer free date changes for flights to this city during the COVID19 pandemic?There are no airlines with flights to this city that provide this service. Please use this information as a reference only and confirm with the airline prior to booking.
What is the average flight ticket price from United States to San Francisco?The average ticket price to San Francisco is PLN1,502. Please use this price as a reference only.
How long is the flight to San Francisco?
- Approx. 6 hours 24 minutes to fly from New York to San Francisco.
- Approx. 1 hour 27 minutes to fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
- Approx. 6 hours 45 minutes to fly from Boston to San Francisco.
- Approx. 1 hour 39 minutes to fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco.
How to get cheap flights to San Francisco?You can book cheaper flights in the following ways:
- Search for tickets to a city or airport near San Francisco.
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What is the most popular month to visit San Francisco?Understanding peak and off travel seasons to San Francisco can help you arrange your travel plans accordingly. The most popular month to visit San Francisco is May. The average price of flight tickets to San Francisco in May is PLN1,351.
When are the cheapest flights to San Francisco?Flight tickets to San Francisco are the cheapest in July compared to other months, the average price is PLN2,553.
What is the transportation method from the main airport to downtown in San Francisco?
- The distance from San Francisco International Airport to downtown is about 17km, by taxi about 30 minutes.
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