Destination guide

The exciting city of Downtown San Francisco awaits you

Take a vacation to Downtown San Francisco and enjoy the area's architecture, museums and art galleries. Well-liked for its shopping, theaters 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 vacation 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 vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Downtown San Francisco a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • 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 features

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 center:

  • 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

Traveling 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 center. 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 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 636 house rentals near Downtown. From 486 Condos/Apartments to 84 Houses, find unique vacation rental 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're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 747 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 572 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Heights: 299 vacation rentals
  • North Central: 26 vacation rentals
  • Richmond District: 773 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Moscone Convention Center: 2,218 home rentals
  • Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround: 2,214 home rentals
  • United Nations Plaza: 2,215 home rentals
  • Pioneer's Monument: 2,218 home rentals
  • Defenestration Building: 2,230 home 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 vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 486 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 84 lodging choices
  • Studios: 416 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 3 lodging choices

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 74 vacation homes with pool available in Downtown.

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