Destination guide

Head to the exciting city of San Francisco

Come and experience San Francisco and its museums, architecture and theater scene. Travelers like the art, local tours and shopping in this cosmopolitan and scenic city. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Louise Davies Symphony Hall are a few of the top cultural sights. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.

Activities

Activities and attractions in San Francisco

Are you looking for attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes San Francisco a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Pier 39 (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center (0.5 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • San Francisco Zen Center (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of San Francisco

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, San Francisco is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Palace of Fine Arts (2.5 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Twin Peaks (3.4 mi / 5.4 km)
  • Mavericks (20.4 mi / 32.8 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (3.6 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Angel Island (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
Transport

Transportation to and around San Francisco

Fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.8 mi (19.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, San Francisco 4th and King Station, San Francisco 22nd Street Station and San Francisco Bayshore Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around San Francisco by catching a ride on the metro at Powell St. Station, Montgomery St. Station or Civic Center Station.

Where to stay around San Francisco?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,841 holiday lettings near San Francisco. From 878 Condos/Apartments to 701 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover San Francisco area.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to San Francisco?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in San Francisco:

  • Richmond District: 756 holiday homes
  • Mission District: 596 holiday homes
  • North of the Panhandle: 719 holiday homes
  • Mission Bay: 136 holiday homes
  • Telegraph Hill: 39 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to San Francisco?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in San Francisco. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • 555 California Street: 2,170 holiday lettings
  • University of California San Francisco: 2,181 holiday lettings
  • Washington Square: 2,150 holiday lettings
  • Candlestick Point State Recreation Area: 2,179 holiday lettings
  • Moscone Convention Center: 2,200 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around San Francisco listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in San Francisco?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 878 Condos/Apartments in San Francisco. Our other popular types of San Francisco holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 701 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 55 self catering accommodations
  • Villas: 4 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in San Francisco?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 168 holiday homes with pool available in San Francisco. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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