Destination guide

The perfect city to work on toning your glutes

Situated in Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is as famous for its arts, culture, and dining scene as it is for its iconic bridge. Don't forget that it's also an entry point to wine country. You'll find yourself getting a major workout on the city's famous hills, but no worries—the city's quintessential vintage streetcars aren't just for show. If you set yourself up in a San Francisco vacation rental at the top of a hill, you can soak up sprawling views of the city below and watch the setting sun turn everything truly golden.

Things to do

Arts and culture for all ages and interests

San Francisco's eclectic arts scene can't be missed, so don't skip the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or the Legion of Honor art museum. The whole family will love the Walt Disney Family Museum, while local history lovers will be happy at the Beat Museum and the Cable Car Museum. Take the kids to the Aquarium by the Bay, or tour the harbor with a visit to Alcatraz. Visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden, or take a little trip out of the city to visit the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument.

Activities

Excitement night and day in the City by the Bay

San Fran is best enjoyed from all angles, so plan for a walking or bike tour, a helicopter ride, or a boat trip around the Bay. Picnic in Golden Gate Park, or grab tickets to a show in the city's Theater District. Enjoy one of many festivals, from the Haight Ashbury Street Fair to the San Francisco Jazz Festival, plus one of the largest LGBT Pride Parades in the world. Choosing a neighborhood for your San Francisco vacation rental may be your toughest choice, thanks to diverse offerings in every part of this stunning city.

Weather

Fall for San Francisco when you visit in autumn

The best time to visit San Francisco is most definitely in the fall, when the you'll find some of the city's warmest temperatures and smallest crowds, from September through November. Spring is also fairly temperate and dry, while summer tends to be foggy, as well as cooler and wetter than the large crowds might think. Winter is appealing for its low prices, but be warned: you'll need plenty of extra layers when you pack for your San Francisco vacation rental, as the weather tends to be cold and gray from December through February.

Natural features

Don't be worried if you feel the earth move under your feet

Situated on one of Northern California's peninsulas, San Francisco is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate strait, and the San Francisco Bay. With over 40 hills, the weather can change dramatically between neighborhoods, while also offering views across the bay. Several islands surround the peninsula and are a part of the city, including Alcatraz, which is probably the most famous. Two nearby fault lines, the San Andreas and Hayward Faults, are both responsible for regular, minor earthquakes, and the city's infrastructure planning is steeped in earthquake preparation.

How to get there

Transportation to and around San Francisco

Fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.8 mi (19.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 11.9 mi (19.1 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, San Francisco 4th and King Station, San Francisco 22nd Street Station and San Francisco Bayshore Station are the main stations in the city. It's easy to get around San Francisco by catching a ride on the metro at Powell St. Station, Montgomery St. Station or Civic Center Station.

Where to stay around San Francisco?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,824 vacation rentals near San Francisco. From 864 Condos/Apartments to 687 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near San Francisco for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to San Francisco?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in San Francisco:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 741 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 575 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 638 vacation rentals
  • North Beach: 331 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 397 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to San Francisco?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in San Francisco. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Moscone Convention Center: 2,173 vacation rentals
  • Bay Area Theatresports: 2,131 vacation rentals
  • 555 California Street: 2,157 vacation rentals
  • Pier 39: 2,134 vacation rentals
  • Fishermans Wharf Cable Car Turnaround: 2,131 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around San Francisco listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in San Francisco?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 864 Condos/Apartments in San Francisco. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in San Francisco include:

  • Houses: 687 rentals available
  • Cottages: 54 rentals available
  • Villas: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in San Francisco?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 173 vacation rentals with pool available in San Francisco. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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