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Top-rated apartments in San Francisco

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Relaxed Apartment with a Patio in The Castro
Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Relaxed Apartment with a Patio in The CastroBrew a cup of coffee in a cozy kitchen with elegant tiling and find a seat on a decked patio wrapped in a leafy garden. Curl up with a book on a modern sofa in a living area boasting colorful paintings, a stocked bookcase, and exposed wood beams.

View of Mission Dolores Church in a garden setting
Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

View of Mission Dolores Church in a garden settingThis studio has gets lots of light in the morning and is peaceful with the view of Mission Dolores Church in the background. It’s about 280 square feet. You can’t beat the location and privacy. You also have direct access to a common shared garden. It’s a perfect place to come home to after working in the city or exploring. The location is the best. You don’t need a car when you stay here.

Soak up the Period Charm at a Tranquil Alley Retreat
Entire rental unit · 5 guests · 1 bed · 1.5 baths

Soak up the Period Charm at a Tranquil Alley RetreatStretch out on the mocha couch with its quirky mermaid cushions and plan the day's adventures at a serene abode built in 1894. Victorian features blend seamlessly with contemporary flair at this hip hideaway tucked away on a secluded street.

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Popular apartment amenities in San Francisco

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Free parking on premises
  • Pets allowed
  • Hot tub

Where to stay in San Francisco

Locals share their top neighborhood recommendations to help you find the one to call home for your trip.

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Twin PeaksWhat locals sayQuiet · Residential · Busy
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Fisherman's WharfWhat locals sayHistoric · Classic
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Alamo SquareWhat locals sayHip · Historic · Quiet
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Haight-AshburyWhat locals sayBohemian · Classic · Historic
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ChinatownWhat locals sayHistoric · Vibrant · Quiet
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Mission DistrictWhat locals sayIndustrial · Bohemian · Hip

Stay near San Francisco's top sights

Golden Gate Bridge
Bridge · 379 locals recommend
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The bridge never gets old, even for longtime residents. It is spectacular, and is best experienced by bike. It’s two miles long and takes 20 minutes to cross. For a great ride, rent a Mission Bicycle, take the Wiggle to Golden Gate Park, and then cross the Presidio to the bridge and ride into Sausalito. From Sausalito, catch the ferry back to SF. The western walkway is open to cyclists only, so you get across more quickly. Tourists tend to mob the eastern, pedestrian side. At night, the bridge is closed to pedestrians but not to cyclists. You push a button and an unseen guard buzzes you in.

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    Sea Cliff Studio + Patio; Large, Quiet, Sunny
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    Garden View Private Suite at the Park w PARKING!
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    Soak up the Historic Charm of an Inner Sunset Getaway
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    Style & Comfort-Private Suite near UCSF and GGPark
Fisherman's Wharf
Neighborhood · 269 locals recommend
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One of the most popular destinations for tourists -- there are attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. Bring a jacket!

Tim· SF, CA
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    Own Floor of Grand Marina Waterfront Home
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    Top Floor. Roof Deck. 1/2 Block to Marina Green.
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    Condo for 6 in bustling North Beach Neighborhood
Golden Gate Park
Park · 764 locals recommend
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What to say? One of the great parks of the United States. Just head down the hill to Kezar Stadium (at the very bottom of Willard Street) and you'll see the GGP right beyond it (walk around Kezar to the west to enter the park). You can also enter on Stanyan and Haight (and at many other points). Enjoy the Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden, Stow Lake, the Conservatory of Flowers (great night time light shows in the summer and winter) and many, many other features of the park.

Kate· SF, CA
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    Studio steps from the ocean
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    Private Ensuite with Private Entry in Geographic City Center
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    Sutro Heights Executive Suite & Private Entrance
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    Charming 1bd 1 bath, 1 block from Dolores Park!

Top-rated things to do in San Francisco

Unique activities hosted by local experts vetted for quality

  • Boozy Drag Queen Bingo
    Bingo no longer has to be in-person! You can still play the game of chance with colleagues, friends, and family from all parts of the world and all from the comfort of your own home or office! So here's how it works: Our hour of Bingo is very personalized and lightly structured with a blend of music, games, and conversing. All that is needed is a computer and a mobile device. After booking, we can discuss an optional theme and music vibe. The Bingo card link will be emailed to you 24hrs prior to the event [you and your guests open the link on a browser on a mobile device or tablet]. Day of, the only things you and your guests will need to do is pour yourselves a cocktail, log into the Zoom link provided to you in your booking email, and we will take it from there! You will be lead through three rounds of Bingo in the hour together. Please note: there is an opportunity for you to arrange prizing for the three winners. [No worries if not, we have a backup plan that is sure to appease your guests]. We’d love to host your online event - please inquire with any questions!
    From Price:€26 / person
  • Silent Disco Beach Yoga at Baker Beach
    Gather together at Baker Beach, a beautiful East Bay location and enjoy an all-levels yoga practice while wearing headphones and listening to a remix of zen beats. It's more than a 'class' its a yoga experience of watching the waves, practicing with locals and guests from around the world. We host classes all year long, as our winters here are mild and being on the beach is always SO beautiful! We so look forward to hosting you for this magical experience. Other things to note: Bring water, a sweatshirt and friends. Or come solo! We supply yoga towels and headphones. Exact meeting location is sent to you upon registration.
    From Price:€30 / person
  • The Zen Art of Rock Balancing
    • Great for groups (up to 500 people) • Great for team-building • Contact for a specific date/time Rock balancing is an ancient art form that serves as a natural way for reducing stress and feeling more peaceful. Discover how balancing a few stones can help you find clarity, build confidence, and unlock abundance in the present moment. During this 60 minute online experience, Travis Ruskus (Author of “The Rock Balancer’s Guide”) will share his unique method for making peace a daily habit. Join us from anywhere in the world!
    From Price:€22 / person
  • Intro to Clay Class in the Mission
    We will literally get down to earth, get centered and throw some mud. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty and explore the depth of your creative spirit. Our master potter will demonstrate the mesmerizing process of throwing a basic cylinder on the wheel. Then its your turn to get your hands into the clay and create your own masterpiece. Anything you want to keep will be trimmed, bisque fired, glazed and glaze fired by our master potter's and made available for you to pick up at a later date (3-6 weeks). After you have created your masterpieces, the last 15 minutes of class will be for clean-up. If you want to use all your time creating, for a small fee, the teacher will do the clean-up for you, just ask. *Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can start on time. Late arrivals disrupt the flow of the demonstration and won't give you the time you will want to create. *For a private group or team session at a date and time of your choice, please send me a message. Other things to note Children are welcome with an adult guarding registered and participating in the same class.
    From Price:€76 / person
  • Chinatown Walking Tour
    San Francisco's Chinatown is the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia. You definitely have to see it before you leave this city! HIGHLIGHTS + Learn about Chinese philosophy, architecture and food + Explore where locals eat, shop and play + Stories about Chinese immigration + Visit Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory + Snack at my favorite Dim Sum place During this tour, I will show you the best parts of Chinatown--where to take the best pictures, where to grab cheap (and delicious) eats, and the most popular place like the Golden Gate fortune cookie! While we explore Chinatown, I will also share my unique perspective​, Chinese culture and ​interactive stories about the history of this neighborhood and what makes it so special in the heart of San Francisco. Prepare your walking shoes and a curious appetite for adventure, and I'm excited to have you on board! ***Other awesome services I offer: Golden Gate Bridge Walking Tour Hike & Meditation in Presidio Forest Click my profile image to check it out! *** Other things to note Please​ be on time
    From Price:€30 / person

Tips from San Francisco locals

Get advice about the city from the people who know it best. Local hosts share their tips and recommendations for travelers like you.

What should I pack

Bring a jacket & layers San francisco is cold especially in june/july. please be prepared by bringing the layers. water & fog keeps san francisco cool most of the year.

SatishLives in San Francisco

Always have some extra layers as sf can go from a sunny summer to a foggy winter in minutes. Wind breakers and scarfs sell well here...

Kevin & Esther
Kevin & EstherLives in San Francisco

What's the best way to get around

Getting around takes time Even though sf is a small city, it takes time to get around. going 2 miles can take upto 40 minutes especially if you are taking the muni - budget that into your day plans for moving between places.

VibhaLives in San Francisco

What's the local culture like

Don't leave luggage in your car (especially rental cars) when parking in sf. Car break-ins are a big problem in sf and tourists who leave their luggage in their cars are a prime target.

YelenaLives in San Francisco

Your guide to San Francisco

All About San Francisco

Surrounded on three sides by glittering water, punctuated by comically high hills, festooned with verdant public parks, and alternately enshrouded in mysterious fog and blazing sunshine, San Francisco is one of the prettiest places on earth. The city has long attracted iconoclasts and fortune seekers, in the shape of Gold Rush hopefuls, immigrants who fought to build thriving communities, and queer people seeking a home and civil rights. It’s a city of glorious contrasts: storybook Victorians and soaring skyscrapers; the bright, pinging amusements of Fisherman’s Wharf and the austere beauty of Ocean Beach. Like the rest of the Bay Area — which includes Oakland to the east, Marin to the north, and San Jose to the south — San Francisco continues to transform. But its scruffy, proudly independent roots are never far from the surface.

How do I get around San Francisco?

Fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Once you’re there, a car is not a must-have. The city is very walkable (if you don’t mind hills), and a network of public transportation, including underground BART trains and Muni buses and trains can get you just about anywhere. Taxis, rideshares, and bike shares are also plentiful. If you plan to visit Wine Country or Marin, consider renting a car.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in San Francisco?

San Francisco has a legendarily capricious climate — hot, sunny days can turn chilly on a dime, so no matter what time of year it is, pack layers. March through June typically ushers in temperatures in the low-to-mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. July through October is generally warmer, with temperatures in the high 60s or low 70s. Fall is often considered this city’s summer. November through February is brisk, with temperatures dipping into the 50s. Expect some fog and wind year round.

What are the top things to do in San Francisco?

Golden Gate Park

Opened in 1870, this park’s 1,017 acres are the undisputed jewel of the park system (and that’s saying a lot). Visit close to 2,000 species of rare, tropical, and aquatic plants inside the stately Conservatory of Flowers. Explore an indoor rainforest at the California Academy of Sciences, and surround yourself with world-class art at the de Young Museum. Ride a carousel, paddle a boat around Stow Lake, or stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden. Just don’t expect to do it all in one day.


This tiny island in the bay, now a National Park, has a complicated and fascinating history. Best known as the home of an (almost) inescapable federal prison populated by notorious criminals, Alcatraz is also the site of a historically significant protest led by Native American activists, who occupied the island for nineteen months starting in 1969 to protest the US government's failure to surrender federal land owed to the tribes who once lived there. A trip to Alcatraz to learn about its many lives is well worth it. Tickets go fast, so plan ahead and book your voyage early.

Golden Gate Bridge

Completed in 1937, this gorgeous 1.7-mile-long Art Deco wonder is renowned for its hue — a color so distinct it has its own name: International Orange. Walking, biking, or driving are all wonderful ways to experience this architectural marvel, and on the Marin side you’ll find a rest stop with bathrooms and breathtaking views of the bridge and bay. One thing to note: If you walk or bike, wear layers, as it can get very windy crossing the bridge.

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