San Francisco Trip Advisor regulars and Destination Experts would love to help you plan a great vacation in SF. But before you post, please take a few minutes and read the answers to these TOP TEN QUESTIONS about  SAN FRANCISCO  or SF.

SFO refers to San Francisco International Airport, 13 miles south of SF.


Before you read the TQs, have a look at what the local paper the SF Chronicle says are goofy things Visitors do in SF Click HERE 

Also most have heard about the Fog which is around in Summer.  Please check this video about the rolling fog on the website Vimeo by Simon Christen that was discovered by TA Regular Chinita.    


TOPICS COVERED  (please read the appropriate sections) 

When should visitors come to  SF ?   Weather and Conventions Calendar

Where should visitors stay ?  Advisory on Vacation rentals  (be careful if you rent less than 30 days) 

Why NOT have a car in SF ?  How to get around SF on MUNI?

What to do and see in SF ?

Got Kids ?  

Food and Bars ?

Shopping ?

Layover at SFO  and hotels with park/fly deals


When should visitors come to SF ?

Pretty Much anytime is a good time to visit SF.  However, the SF Travel calendar has info on events that could fill up SF Hotels. You may want to use that as a gauge as prices do go up during these events and conventions  (look at the Total Attendance)

Here is the link to  SF Events Calendar and better still look at the Hotels availability calendar 

When is the best time to visit in terms of weather? 

What to wear in SF ? 


Map Of SF and Attractions  


Here is a map to help you get your bearings and plan your vacation.  SF is about 7x7 sq miles so staying in the Union Square or Embarcadero or Fisherman's wharf or the Lombard street motels allows you to get to the main tourist sites pretty quickly


Link to the MAP


Where should visitors stay in SF ? 

Most regulars and Experts suggest you stay in SF to see SF.  Here are a few links to help you decide where to stay.  

There are 4 main areas. Union Square,  Fisherman's Wharf , Embarcadero and the Lombard Street Area (Motels with parking included)

Here is a map displaying the hotels and their locations  

Why stay IN SF to see SF? and if that is not convincing , perhaps these facts will 

Stay in Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf?

The Cow Hollow/ Lombard street area for Motels and families with a car  

Comparing Embarcadero or Union Square 

Budget Hotels 

Hostels in SF.

Hotels with Suites or for hotels for families of 5  





What area should visitors look at Vacation Rentals in?  

What are the various vacation rental neighborhoods ? 

July 2014 update on vacation rentals 

What taxes do I pay on my hotel room ?


Do NOT have a car in SF.  What Transit Options are there ?

Why not have a car in SF ? Advice on renting a car for US and out of country residents 

SF Transit Info: BART to get to SF and MUNI inside SF   Covers  SF MUNI Visitor Passports for travel within SF


How to get from SFO to Union Square or Downtown SF or Nob Hill?

How to get from SFO to Fisherman's Wharf? 

How do visitors pay toll if they drive a rental over the Golden Gate Brige into SF ?

Using MUNI for travelers with disabilities -- Advice for a TA member for folks with Wheelchairs and Scooters

Beware of Car breakins in SF   WARNING  If you rent a car 



What to do and see in SF ? 

3 day Itinerary in San Francisco 

What visitors love about San Francisco?

Alcatraz When to book and which tour?

How do visitors  bike the Golden Gate Bridge?  

How to book your return trip from Sausalito on the ferry with your bike (a must on weekends and during the summer) 

San Francisco with kids 

Baseball SF Giants and Oakland A's

SF 49ers Levi's Stadium -- How to get there  

SF off the beaten track a list culled from discussions with  locals and frequent visitors 

San Francisco and Bay Area Museums 

Things to Do in San Francisco (Full calendar of events) has a list of what to do and see and where to eat in SF. Thanks to DE sfimporter, here is the link.


How should visitors see San Francisco ? MUNI or Guided Tours or Hop On/Off ?

Using MUNI from Union Square to the Attractions

Using MUNI from Fisherman's Wharf to the Attractions

Using MUNI from Lombard Street Motels to the Attractions  

What are the other Tour Options for Guided Tours, Hop On Hop Off, walking tours?


Got Food ? How about bars?

Links to Seafood, Italian Chinese, Steak, local suggestions of must eats in 2016  (some links are duplicated below)   

Seafood Restaurant Suggestions?

Chinese Food including DimSum?

Breakfast around Union Square?

Lunch and Dinner around Union Square and Westfield Mall 

The Local Newspaper The SF Chronicle Top 100 Restaurants List -- 2016 

Nightlife in SF.  Clubs and Bars

Eating in the Mission District 

Cannot have too little beer  here is a map with all the breweries in NorCal   

Local Brewpubs and Breweries  Plus another post on Brewpubs  and a google map of Microbreweries

Bars on a weekday Mission or North Beach  

Italian Restaurants in San Francisco 

Quirky/Unusual Restaurants in San Francisco

Romantic Restaurants in SF 

 The SF chronicle bargain bites list is here.

Vegan Restaurants in San Francisco and a map of Veg and Vegan places in SF 

A list of bars if people want to bar hop in the various neighborhoods thanks to SFFUNCHEAP 

Outdoor Bars many in SF, some around the Bay Area 

A discussion about Sandwiches and a list of Sandwich shops around SF

Tasting menus  A map of restaurants with Tasting menus for a special occasion 

Grocery Stores around Union Square  



Where should visitors shop? 

Shopping in SF

Neighborhood shopping in San Francisco 

What to do and see and where to eat with Kids ? 

What to do with kids?

where to eat in SF with kids?   well just about everywhere is fine.  But here are a few that the local paper suggests. 


Layover at SFO ? What to do ? How about Park and Fly

What to do with a long layover at SFO (San Francisco International Airport) ?

A few hotels with Park and fly deals for locals around Northern California parking their car in the SFO area and flying out of town  

What to eat at SFO ?



Summer in SF.  When are the street fairs ?

This article can help