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San Francisco

The golden gateway to the ultimate Californian experience

A sprawl of steep hills in northern California, San Francisco, like all great cities, is made up of uniquely different neighbourhoods. These include student Berkeley, hippy historic Haight-Ashbury, the largest Chinatown in North America and distinctly Italian North Beach where you can peruse the aisles of the legendary City Lights Bookstore.

San Francisco’s open-sided cable car system has been around since the 1870s and is still a fun way of exploring places like Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street and Union Square. Other highlights include cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, wandering the infamous prison island of Alcatraz and experiencing a virtual earthquake in the excellent California Academy of Sciences. Or head to Pier 39 for another classic Frisco sight - sea lions. 

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The Westin St Francis, San Francisco San Francisco

Not just a landmark but a meeting place for San Franciscans. For over 100 years people have met beside the historic Magneta Grandfather Clock in the hotel’s awe-inspiring lobby. And now it’s your turn.

The St Regis, San Francisco San Francisco

If you want to really appreciate the art, the life, the energy and the nature of San Francisco, start by stopping at The St Regis. This landmark hotel stands confidently on Third Street, in the …

Argonaut, California San Francisco

Built in 1907 and standing on the edge of the Bay, the Argonaut is regarded as one of the iconic San Francisco period hotels. Wander into the reception area and you’ll find seafaring references abound. …


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