Soak up the atmosphere of San Francisco
Looking for a trip to one of the most iconic cities in the US? Book a flight to San Francisco and experience the city that still exudes some sixties hippie vibes. Enjoy the spectacular views as you walk across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Or grab lunch at bustling Fisherman's Wharf and then hop on a boat to Alcatraz Island.
The culinary pearl of California
You will find cuisine from all over the world in San Francisco. People even say that the city has the highest number of restaurants per resident in the United States. Enjoy fish dishes accompanied by excellent wine, a gourmet hamburger or a craft beer at one of the many local breweries. And of course, a visit to San Fran isn't complete without a ride on the classic cable car. San Francisco is not only the ideal destination for a city trip, but also the starting point for a longer vacation in the US. Treat yourself: book a flight to San Francisco now!
Attractions across the bridge
There is lots more to explore on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, such as Wine Country, with the famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Visit local wineries and taste outstanding wines. Point Reyes National Seashore park is also worth a visit to admire the sweeping Pacific ocean views from the rugged cliffs. The university of Berkeley is located east of San Francisco, across the bay. Take a stroll on the beautiful green campus and peruse the friendly streets lined with shops and boutiques. It's easy to see why this is such a popular university.
Flights to San Francisco for a unique city trip
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San Francisco is famous for its burritos. Surprised? The Mexican burrito is a popular lunch or dinner item around the world, but this classic dish has been given a unique twist in San Francisco, called the Mission-style burrito. Make it your mission to try at least one during your visit to the City by the Bay.
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It was ‘the bridge that could not be built’ – and yet it was. After 4 years of construction, which was often hampered by icy winds, treacherous currents and thick fog, the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. With its 2 towering supports and eye-catching reddish-orange colour, this magnificent bridge quickly came to symbolise San Francisco.
With 2 museums, a variety of gardens and endless miles of greenery, Golden Gate Park is perhaps best described as the playground of San Francisco. Originally home to massive sand dunes, construction began in 1871 to create a park that would be bigger than Central Park in New York. The green oasis now attracts 13 million visitors each year.
Fishing boats, souvenir shops and seals – they make Fisherman’s Wharf one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions. Locals are quite adamant about avoiding this touristy area, but visitors just can’t get enough of it. It may not be the most authentic place in town, but it’s definitely fun and entertaining.
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Jazz is not a music style that many people associate with San Francisco, but this bustling city on the west coast of the United States has a very lively jazz scene – one with an unusual history. Although the heyday of jazz may have come to an end, the city still has dozens of excellent jazz clubs.
In addition to fish, crab and Ghirardelli chocolate, San Francisco is also known for yet another culinary tradition: sourdough bread. A slightly sour taste, soft inside and crispy crust characterise this classic treat from the Bay Area. Although this bread can be bought throughout the city, there are a number of places that are worth going a little out of your way for.
A drive out of the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge takes you to a completely different landscape. Rugged cliffs, beautiful grassy meadows and a diversity of wildlife: welcome to Point Reyes National Seashore, a park filled with countless biking and hiking trails and a 130-kilometre-long coastline for enjoying fresh sea breezes. And all of this at only a stone’s throw from the city.
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A sinister place used for many years to incarcerate the most dangerous criminals of the United States – that’s the first association that comes to mind when someone mentions Alcatraz Island. Even though famous gangsters like Al Capone were indeed once imprisoned here, the island also has another surprising history. Alcatraz is more than just a prison.
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Once a desolate parking lot, the area has been transformed into San Francisco’s cultural oasis, the Yerba Buena Gardens. Picnicking families sit in the grass, children play by the waterfall and art lovers visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) or the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Hectic city life seems very far away here.
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