San Francisco

Travel Planning Brief

Attractions »

Transportation »

  • Getting there

    • Orbitz

      – As authoritative as it gets for airline flights.
    • Southwest

      – Flying Southwest in through OAK is a very good option.
    • Airport Shuttle

      – Cheaper than taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel, unless you are traveling in a large-enough group. If you plan on taking an airport shuttle from OAK, make a reservation ahead of time. SuperShuttle is a good option.
  • Getting around

Lodging »

  • Priceline

    – For a large metropolitan city like San Francisco, booking a hotel through Priceline is a fantastic option. Educating yourself with the resources available at will help make the bidding process less intimidating.
  • Joie de Vivre Hospitality

    – A company operating a considerable number of boutique hotels in San Francisco. An alternative to the standards (e.g., Marriot, Sheraton, etc.).

Dining »

  • Mama's

    – Breakfast on Washington Square in North Beach. The Powell-Mason cable car line can get you near there.
  • Golden Gate Bakery

    – Snack in Chinatown.
  • Ferry Building Marketplace

    – Historic building houses food-centric shops and eateries. Also hosts a farmer's market several days a week.
  • Fisherman's Wharf

    – Lots of fresh seafood available here. Try the dungeness crab.
  • Chinatown

    – Possibly the best place in the U.S. to try Asian cuisine.
  • Union Square

    – A nice mix of restaurants from which to choose - convenient to a large number of hotels.
  • North Beach

    – San Francisco's "Little Italy" has plenty of places to eat.
  • Ghirardelli Square

    – Chocolate and sweets, of course, but also "main course" dining options.
  • San Francisco Chronicle restaurant reviews

    – Tons of reviews of San Francisco restaurants by the hometown newspaper.