Destination guide

The vibrant city of Downtown San Francisco awaits you

Take a holiday to Downtown San Francisco and enjoy the area's architecture, museums and art galleries. Revered for its shopping, theatres and entertainment, this city is both cosmopolitan and walkable. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Louise Davies Symphony Hall are a few of the top cultural sights. Many of our holiday rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Downtown San Francisco

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Downtown San Francisco a fun spot to go on holiday. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Pier 39 (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Aquarium of the Bay (1.8 mi / 3 km)
  • San Francisco Zoo (6.7 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • San Francisco Zen Center (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Downtown San Francisco

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Downtown San Francisco is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Palace of Fine Arts (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Twin Peaks (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Japanese Tea Garden (3.9 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Golden Gate Park (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • Angel Island (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley (10.9 mi / 17.5 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Downtown San Francisco

The nearest airport is in Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), located 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 11.5 mi (18.6 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is San Francisco 4th and King Station. You can see more of Downtown San Francisco by jumping on the metro at Powell St. Station, Montgomery St. Station or Embarcadero Station.

Where to stay near Downtown?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 711 holiday rentals near Downtown. From 557 Condos/Apartments to 87 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Downtown for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Downtown?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Downtown:

  • Ashbury Heights: 187 holiday homes
  • Fisherman's Wharf: 811 holiday homes
  • Sunset District: 520 holiday homes
  • Union Square: 644 holiday homes
  • Alamo Square: 681 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Downtown. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Moscone Convention Center: 2,364 holiday rentals
  • Warfield Theater: 2,354 holiday rentals
  • Grace Cathedral: 2,335 holiday rentals
  • Gallery Paule Anglim: 2,212 holiday rentals
  • California Academy of Sciences: 2,257 holiday rentals

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

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 557 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of Downtown holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 87 holiday houses
  • Studios: 491 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 3 holiday houses

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 63 holiday homes with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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