There’s an old saying that if you want to get to know a culture, you sit down and eat a meal with the locals. In San Francisco, you can taste, touch, smell, and see the world in one city, so we hope you can wield chopsticks and roll Ethiopian injera. Writer Benjamin F. Taylor once said, “San Francisco is a city where people are never more abroad than when they are at home.” Anchor your upcoming excursion in the downtown area to easily explore a patchwork quilt of rich histories and vibrant communities. From a home base in one of our downtown San Francisco hotels, you can people-watch for hours in Union Square, walk to street markets of Chinatown, and climb the city’s famous hills. As you plan a getaway, let us answer your coastal queries.
Where is that famous crooked street in San Francisco?
Known as the “World’s Crookedest Street,” Lombard Street’s eight hairpin turns zig-zag between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street in the vintage neighborhood of Russian Hill. If you drive this flower bed-lined roadway, take it slow and smell the roses. Lombard actually stretches across several neighborhoods on the north side of town, including Cow Hollow, Russian Hill, and Telegraph Hill, which sidles up to the busy Embarcadero. Spend a quiet morning on the Presidio Golf Course, then cruise down Lombard from the Presidio to the pier with the waterfront always in sight. Stop for picture-perfect views of the city from the top of Russian Hill, and sample San Fran’s signature seafood dishes in Fisherman’s Wharf, where the world is your oyster on the half-shell.
Can I ride a bike from San Francisco to Oakland?
While taking your bicycle with you on the ferry is certainly easy and scenic, you can now cross “ride a bike from San Francisco to Oakland” off the list of experiences you won’t be denied. Construction continues on the bike and pedestrian path of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, but the lanes are officially open, though quite new. You’ll ride across Yerba Buena Island along the way, so wave at the Coast Guard as you pedal through. The entire route covers about 12 miles to downtown Oakland. Pause for a drink and live music at the historic Fox Theater before you spin back to your pick of hotels near downtown San Francisco. Remember to plan your historic ride around the construction schedule and be patient—this is history in the making.
Known as the “Paris of the West” and home to the largest Chinatown outside Asia, San Francisco is truly an international city, and downtown San Fran is the hub of it all. Book cheap hotels in downtown San Francisco with Travelocity to take in all the sights, scents, and flavors that float like the morning fog. Stay at Kensington Park Hotel or book a room at Hotel Grace - A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality to be just steps from the shops and theaters around Union Square. The world awaits on the California coast.