We will show you over 20 webcams in San Francisco area and provide with you a guide to the Best San Francisco Hotels for your visit. San Francisco, known as the "City by the Bay," is a worldly and seductive place, full of culture, magnificent sights and outstanding food. Its famous sights include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Victorian Row houses and its steep rolling hills. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, the city is subject to thick fog that rolls-in, often in the summer and fall.
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San Francisco Bay Cam view from the Lawrence Hall of Science, overlooking the San Francisco Bay Area. Still image updated from time to time.
South End Rowing Club Cam Streaming Flash Earhtcam from San Francisco Bay's South End Rowing Club with a pre-roll advertising.
Pier 39 Cam We miss the sea lions! Are they coming back? See for yourself with this streaming Flash web cam.
San Francisco Bay Stardot camera overlooking San Francisco Bay. Still image updated once a minute.
Crown Beach Cam Still image from Boardsports at Crown Beach, Alameda. Image updates every two minutes.
OCSC Sailing Club Webcam Still image of San Francisco Bay updated every few seconds. You need to refresh the page to see a new image
Golden Gate Bridge Cam Still image updating every thirty seconds of the Golden Gate Bridge. Requires Java Plugin.
Alcatraz Island Cam Alcatraz Island was a former federal prison and has the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Pan, tilt and zoom webcam. Requires Java Plugin.
The Golden Gate Bridge opened In 1937 and is largely considered the symbol if San Francisco. The bridge is currently the 2nd longest single-span suspension bridge in the world. It is painted an "International Orange" color and is anchored by 746-foot-high twin towers, the tallest in the world. A drive (or walk) over the bridge is a must while in the city. There is a car toll of $3 going southbound
Another must is taking a ride on the famous cable cars. They were designed to carry passengers up the steep hills of San Francisco. There is even a cable car museum on Mason Street that has models and photographs of the early cable transit system, including the first cable car from 1873. Between the cable cars, trolley buses, ferries and just walking, you can see a lot of the city without even having to drive your car. If you do decide to drive, be sure to be careful before parking on the street. A much safer bet is to park your car in a parking garage or lot.
San Francisco is known for its "hills," which in San Fran is 100 feet in height or more. There are 42 hills within the city. Some of the most notable hills are Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill and Telegraph Hill. Coit Tower is located atop Telegraph Hill and is a landmark dedication to the San Francisco firefighters. From the top of this hill you can also get unparalleled panoramic views of the city. Also try and explore the Greenwich and Filbert steps, which is a brick staircase that leads down from there through a flowering hillside of gardens.
InterContinental San Francisco San Francisco's newest luxury hotel is a graceful 32-story tower above the South of Market neighborhood. Easy walking distance of Union Square and premium shopping areas.
Hotel Monaco San Francisco A glamorous, romantic boutique hotel. French-inspired architecture and rich, sensual décor. Offering some of the finest luxury hotel suites in San Francisco.
An interesting day trip is to the remote Alcatraz Island out in the Bay. This former maximum security prison, know as "The Rock," once held Al Capone. You can take the Blue & Gold ferry from Pier 41 at Fisherman's Wharf. There is even a guided tour in which you can see the inside of actual cell blocks. Advance reservations are recommended. Alcatraz Island is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Also located in this recreation area is the Presidio, where the city's fort originated. The Presidio finally closed as an Army post in 1994. Now there are miles of public hiking trails and bike paths. On its hills you can get a spectacular view of the surrounding ocean and bay.
Down by the waterfront is the famous Fisherman's Wharf. Here you will find many interesting attractions such as the Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, and the Boudin Sourdough Museum and Tour where you can learn about the art of baking the original San Francisco sourdough bread and even get a taste. The Wharf contains many restaurants, markets, souvenir shops and tasty treats to buy, such as clam chowder in sourdough bowls.
Hill House Inn This premier lodging establishment is surrounded in lush Victorian gardens and is located in the historic village of Mendocino.
MacCallum House Inn Built in 1882, the MacCallum House is a collection of world-class properties. Private and secluded is set on two beautifully landscaped acres of vibrant gardens.
Next to the Wharf is The Embarcadero, an interesting waterfront area facing the eastern shoreline of the bay, and lined with different piers. Here you will find Pier 39, a 2-story shopping complex full of shops and restaurants and The Aquarium of the Bay. There are also interesting street performers and live stage entertainment. Be sure and see the sea lions that live on the docks. Close by is Pier 41 where you can catch the ferry to Alcatraz.
Within walking distance of the Wharf is the Cannery and Ghirardelli Square. Originally a chocolate factory, Ghirardelli Square has become home to many specialty shops, bakeries and restaurants. However, you call still by some of that delicious Ghirardelli Chocolate there.
If you do decide to take out the car, be sure a take a drive down Lombard Street, between Hyde St and Leavenworth St in the Russian Hill neighborhood. Known as "the crookedest street in the world," this one-block long portion of the street follows a series of several S-curves, while descending at a 40-degree slope. Be sure that your brakes are working! You will also be amazed at the gorgeous, well-landscaped Art Deco-style homes that line this curvy street. If you don't have a car, you can take the stairs.
While in the San Francisco you may want to take in a performing art. You can choose from the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Symphony, all are world-class venues. The city's two major performing halls are the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House; both are just west of the Civic Center. In addition, there are several theaters that have major touring plays and Broadway productions.
For sports fans, you may want to take in a game. The San Francisco area is home to the SF 49ers and the Oakland Raiders NFL teams. During Baseball season you can see a SF Giants game or an Oakland A's game. And for basketball fans, you can watch The Bay Area's Golden State Warriors.
Another interesting daytime activity is touring the area's Victorian Houses, known as "painted ladies." There are three main architectural types of Victorian Style homes: Italianate, Queen Anne and Stick Style. These homes were built between 1870 and 1906. They were built very close together with very little outdoor space. The Queen Anne-style Victorian houses were built around the late 1800's and were embellished with intricately ornamented towers, turrets and cupolas, and painted in vibrant colors. Many of these beautiful homes are in the Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow and Haight-Ashbury districts, as well as in Alamo Square. The Hass-Lilienthal House in Pacific Heights, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1886, currently has docent tours on Weds, Sat and Sun. There is even a walking tour of these Victorian homes that departs from the Westin St. Francis Hotel.
A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a visit to the Chinatown area on Grant Street. Here you will find fantastic Chinese restaurants, markets and shops. Be prepared to see a myriad of exotic foods, smells and colors all crammed into a narrow avenue and a series of back alleys. A real treat is to have some authentic dim sum on Sunday in one of the really good Chinese restaurants.
Within walking distance from Chinatown is the North Beach area, San Francisco's Little Italy. Located near Vallejo and Grant St, here you will find many outdoor cafes, bakeries and authentic Italian restaurants. It's a great place to have lunch.
Another great spot to visit is Union Square, at the corner of Gary and Powell streets. You can even take the Powell-Hyde cable car to get there. The square was built in 1850 and its focal point is a 97-foot statue of Commodore George Dewey commemorating his Manila Bay victory over the Spanish in 1898. Union Square is the center of downtown life. There are restaurants, cafes and luxury hotels, such as the Westin St. Francis. Inside the lobby of this famous hotel is a well-known ornate grandfather clock. In the square are also some of the finest shops and retail stores such as Saks, Tiffany and Neiman-Marcus.
Close by to Union Square is Nob Hill. Here you will also find some of the city's finest hotels, such as the historic Mark Hopkins. With its stunning bay and city views, Nob Hill is also home to some of the city's most expensive real estate. It was formerly home to the tycoons that made their fortunes in railroading and gold mining.
Another point of interest is the Golden Gate Park. This 1017-acre park is a lush oasis featuring artificial lakes, miles of bridle paths and hiking trails. Within the park is a restored windmill, an equestrian center, golf course, boat rentals and a carousel. While you are at the park don't miss the Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden.
Should you have more time, a visit to the city's museums is a treat. Some of the most popular ones are the SF Museum of Modern Art, the beautiful California Palace of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, the Asian Art Museum and the Exploratorium inside the Palace of Fine Arts. In addition, visit the Mission San Francisco de Asis, one of the oldest buildings in the city, founded in 1776. It has one of the most ornate alters of all of the Missions. There is also a Moorish-style basilica next door.
Be sure to save some energy (and money) and treat yourself to a gourmet meal in one of the many upscale restaurants. Many of the best dining rooms and cocktails bars sit atop the city's luxury hotels. At the top of the Bank of America Building is the Carnelian Room restaurant and bar, with incredible city views. After dark the city comes alive with bars, clubs and lounges scattered about in the South of Market, Marina and North Beach areas. While you are out be sure and take a look up at the Transamerica Pyramid Building at 600 Montgomery St. This famous skyscraper is San Francisco's tallest building, with 48-stories, 6000 windows and a 212-foot-tall spire on top. It can be seem from all around the city.
12 Top Things to do in San Francisco
Take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
Visit Fisherman’s Wharf
Take a ride on a cable car
Walk around and window shop Union Square
Tour the Victorian houses known as the "pink ladies"
Have some Dim Sum and tour around Chinatown
Drive down Lombard St., the "crookedest street"
Take a ferry to Alcatraz Island
Have Cocktails atop a fine hotel
Have Dinner in one of SF world-renowned gourmet restaurants
View a performance of the famed San Francisco Opera or Ballet