One of North America’s most livable cities, San Francisco holidays hold obvious appeal to visitors, with its world famous icons and the relaxed, Californian attitude of the locals. Cross the elegant Golden Gate bridge by foot, bike or car, ride the city’s thrilling cable car and visit the hippy hangouts of Haight Ashbury, with its small, vintage shops. Take a boat trip out to the fascinating island of Alcatraz, and tuck into an authentic Chinese meal in colourful Chinatown. With its arty, liberal community, cool climate and appealing Californian cuisine, San Franscisco holidays have an enduring appeal. Visitors can enjoy its clean beaches by day and the city’s rich nightlife and beer in the city’s much-loved microbreweries after dark. Watch the world go by from one of the many neighbourhood coffee houses and visit Fisherman’s Wharf with its superb seafood and street acts. San Francisco holidays offer history too of course, in the form of buildings, as well as 200 or so parks and world class art and museums. There are plenty of weekend getaways nature in ‘The Bay’ area, taking in unspoiled coast and national parks.