The City by the Bay

San Francisco is considered to be among the world’s most beautiful cities, on one of the world’s most beautiful bays.

The city’s architecture, its temperate climate, its arts scene, the diversity and originality of its neighborhoods, as well as its fine, world famous food, make it a very special must-visit destination in California. The city is often described as the most “European” of all the great American cities.

You can fly to San Francisco all year round via Paris-CDG with Air France.

Informations about the destination

Climate: San Francisco enjoys a Mediterranean type climate.

Time difference with France: - 9 hours

Currency: US Dollar

Official language: English

Travel document requirements: Biometric or electronic passport, or individual optical passport (Delphine model issued before October 26 2005), + ESTA Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Tourist information: -

Attractions and activities

Must-see San Franciscso sites

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the world’s most famous bridge. It is 2.7 km long and truly represents the city. In the afternoon, It often disappears in the mist. It is therefore better to visit in the morning, when its orange color stands out against the blue of the sky and the bay.

The cable cars

Cable Cars have been a means of public transport in San Francisco since the end of the 19th century. Only three routes are still in service today: Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and the California Street Line. Climb up on the running board and cling to a leather strap to enjoy the breathtaking views from the famous San Francisco hill tops.


Alcatraz, the infamous former jail, is located on the island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the USA’s most famous criminals have done time there.

Fisherman’s Wharf

This is San Francisco’s most popular and most visited neighborhood. It is full of original and amusing shops and busy sea food restaurants. Don’t miss a visit to Pier 39 to admire the sea lions basking in the sun on the wooden pontoons. Here you can wander round just watching the fishing boats come and go in the harbour.

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