As local travel experts, we know what travelers are looking for when it comes to finding the perfect accommodations for their next trip. To compile our lists, we scour the internet to find properties with excellent ratings and reviews, desirable amenities, nearby attractions, and that something special that makes a destination worthy of traveling for.

Coming out to San Francisco? Lucky you! Of course, your first order of business is picking your ideal accommodation, a feat that can seem pretty daunting given the myriad options in our little 7×7 town. So, here we offer some of the more unique places to stay in San Francisco to make your trip here that much more unforgettable.

Now that you’ve got your accommodation figured out, let’s help you figure out what to do: Here are 10 underrated places for out-of-towners and 15 things everyone in San Francisco must do before they die!

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San Francisco: A City That Never Ceases To Amaze

San Francisco is often known for trolley cars and hilly streets, but there's more here than you may ever have heard of. Let's take a look at the multitude of reasons why this is a place you need to visit at least once.

What are some places that are totally unique to San Francisco?

The lovely city of San Francisco has several places it can call its own. The most iconic of which is likely the Golden Gate Bridge which features in innumerable movies and is so much larger in person than it looks on screen. Another place that not only appears in films but has movies made about it is Alcatraz, the island prison that was said to be inescapable, yet a couple of prisoners did manage to escape. The city is also home to one of the most zig-zagging streets there is; Lombard Street.

What are unique experiences to be had in San Francisco?

This city by the sea is historical and varied and there is much to experience. The nation's oldest Chinatown resides here and is an excellent place for seafood and Chinese food in general. It sprung up in 1848 and is the nation's gateway to Chinese culture and culinary creativity. There's also a Little Italy where you can do an Italian food tour in the North Beach area. The food will have you exclaiming "Mamma Mia!" Loved to Death is a unique shop of the strange and curious. Perhaps not for the kids, but you will find medical antiquities, old Victorian items, and odd taxidermy.

What are the best festivals to attend in San Francisco?

San Francisco seems to have a festival almost every week. Perhaps the largest one is San Francisco Pride which has been celebrating the LGBT+ community for decades and the city has the honor of electing the first openly gay man, Harvey Milk, to public office. San Franciscans love to express their eccentricity and you can see it on display during the How Weird Street Faire where people show up in all their expressive glory. This city is proud to have the largest Asian event in the nation. The Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is truly a sight to behold, culminating in a 200-foot Golden Dragon.