San Francisco Flights

When you ask someone to name ten US cities that they would like to visit, you can guarantee that San Francisco will be somewhere at the top of that list. Surrounded by water on three sides and home to steep, rolling hills, California’s San Francisco is visually spectacular.

There are also a number of beautiful parks and gardens to visit while on holiday here such as the famous Golden Gate Park which spans over 1,000 acres and the Hakone Japanese Tea Garden. San Francisco is also home to a number of important landmarks including Alcatraz Island and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco Flights

San Francisco is served by two major airports: Oakland Airport (OAK) and the larger San Francisco International Airport (SFO). There a number of the airlines which offer flights from London to San Francisco, popular airlines include: American Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. On average, you can expect a flight from London to San Francisco to take around 11 hours. A return flight to San Francisco will cost around £550.

What to Do in San Francisco

With so many great things to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start in San Francisco! Below we have outlined some of the city’s highlights.

No trip to San Francisco is complete without visiting Golden Gate Bridge, the rust coloured bridge which links San Francisco to Marin County. Head to Vista Point or Fort Point for the best views of the bridge. Vista Point is the best spot for those who want see the iconic bridge against the fog. It takes around half an hour from one side of bridge to the other and gives walkers a great view.

Alcatraz or the Rock is another popular destination with tourists. Situated in the Bay, this notorious prison was toughest in the USA and its former residents include Al Capone and Robert Stroud. You can either take a guided tour of the island or a self-guided audio tour depending on your preference. A ferry services takes visitors to and from the Rock.

One of the main attractions in San Francisco is the century-old network of cable cars. There are three routes: the California Street line, Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines. The best way to experience a cable car ride is to get a space on the outside platform.

When in San Francisco, be sure to check out Chinatown. This is the oldest and most populous Chinese community in the USA and the Dragon Arch gate which leads to Chinatown is the North America’s only authentic Chinese gate. Chinatown is particularly exciting during the Autumn Moon Festival and New Year.

Pier 39 or Fisherman’s Wharf is another popular destination for holidaymakers in San Francisco. Indeed, with so much to do, it is easy to see why. Here you will find a number of restaurants which overlook the bay, shops, Aquarium of the Bay and more attractions. In addition, hundreds of sea lions can be seen relaxing on the platforms around the pier.