After you've travelled from San Francisco Airport (SFO) into the city, there is plenty to see once your bags are unpacked...
The Golden Gate Bridge should be near the top of your holiday hit list, and the Bay Bridge, which is actually two bridges connecting the city with neighbouring Oakland, is also worth a few snaps of your camera.
If your legs are up to it, you can stroll the steep hills of San Francisco, made famous by Steve McQueen and his car-chasing antics in Bullitt. Lombard Street is crazily crooked and steep and you'll find plenty of other tourists jostling for space at the bottom to capture the extraordinary sight.
If your legs aren't up to it, make like a local and hop on one of the city's cable cars. You might simply be travelling from A to B, but it's an unforgettable experience.
Check out the city skyline as you move and spot the rather attractive cigarette-shaped Coit Tower in the Telegraph Hill area and the soaring skyscrapers, including the unmistakable Transamerica building, which looks like a stretched pyramid. Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill is equally awe-inspiring. Make your way up to Buena Vista Park for sublime views of the city and see how many famous buildings you can spot.
Weave your way back through the city, perhaps popping in to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a hit of culture on the way, and make a beeline for Fisherman's Wharf. There are shops, restaurants and hotels, boat trips to Alcatraz, and, at Pier 39, the city's famous sea lions. The creatures bob about on the docks and doze in the sunshine as visitors snap away.
There's a laid-back feel in this city - partly an inheritance from the 1969 Summer of Love - and you'll find San Francisco holidays are a real treat for the senses, without being overwhelming.