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San Francisco's cable cars have been running up and down the city's hilly streets since 1873, and have remained operating out of nostalgia. Take the trolley to the Castro District, a vibrant area home to a large gay and lesbian community as well as an assortment of shops, restaurants, pubs and a grand old movie palace.
While you're in town, visit the infamous Alcatraz and experience this world-famous prison in person. Al Capone and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly were amongst just some of the notorious criminals to spend time here. Another attraction worth visiting is The Presido, a fortified base in the national park that once housed soldiers from Spain and Mexico before becoming a US military base. You won't find a more rural area in the entire city thanks to an abundance of eucalyptus trees and vast green lawns.
Other city icons worth visiting include the pastel coloured three story houses known as the 'Painted Ladies' of Alamo Square. These houses were once the nerve centre of 1967's 'Summer of Love'. Since then the neighbourhood has become more commercial but is still worth a stroll for its history and exceptional architecture. That and you won't find a more picturesque architectural location with the city as a backdrop.
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Flights from Australia to San Francisco will disembark at San Francisco International Airport.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is situated south of the city. The airport opened in 1927 and was awarded Best International Airport in 2008 by Skytrax.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to San Francisco International Airport. Book your San Francisco Airport accommodation.
Getting to San Francisco
There are many airlines that offer flights to San Francisco from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney take around 13 hours and 30 minutes. Flights from Melbourne via Auckland or Los Angeles take between 19 and 24 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Perth via Sydney take between 19 and 20 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Honolulu or Los Angeles take between 19 and 22 hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to San Francisco
Airlines that offer cheap flights to San Francisco from Australia include:
For more on San Francisco holidays check out our San Francisco travel guide or view our range of San Francisco holiday packages that include flights, accommodation and often other extras like tours or car hire.