Photos: City by the Bay

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  1. City view

    The Transamerica Pyramid building is seen through the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge on June 20, 2007. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Cable cars

    A cable car makes its way up a steep hill on California Street in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2008. The California cable car line is the least-crowded of the three working lines and is the one most often used by locals. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Alcatraz

    Seagulls fly over San Francisco Bay with Alcatraz Island in the background on April 24, 2007. The former federal penitentiary is a popular San Francisco tourist attraction. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Cell block walk

    Visitors tour a cell block on Alcatraz Island. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. The scenic route

    A car makes its way along the 49-Mile Scenic Drive on March 25, 2005, in San Francisco. San Francisco's 49-Mile Scenic Drive was opened in 1939 as a guide for visitors to The City's 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. The route includes most of San Francisco's major sights as well as winding through many of the city's colorful neighborhoods, giving visitors a look into the diversity and beauty of the area. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Chinatown

    A pedestrian walks by the Ma-Tsu temple in San Francisco's Chinatown district on February 3, 2011. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. California Academy of Sciences

    The flooded rain forest exhibit is shown at the new California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 2008. On the ground floor of the exhibit, tropical fish swim in the flooded roots of trees. Then an elevator takes visitors up into the canopy where birds fly free in a giant glass dome. (Paul Sakuma / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Sea lions

    A group of sea lions rest on a dock at Pier 39 on December 12, 2007, in San Francisco. The boisterous and playful mammals are a huge hit with tourists. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Victorian architecture

    The famous row of homes known as the "Painted Ladies" are seen from Alamo Square Park on Feb. 2, 2009, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Surf's up

    A surfer walks out of the water at Ocean Beach on December 5, 2006, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Palace of Fine Arts

    Birds fly in front of the Palace of Fine Arts. The building is one of many sites on San Francisco's 49-Mile Scenic Drive. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Lombard Street

    A single car drives down Lombard Street, San Francisco's most crooked street, on April 29, 2003. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Golden Gate Park

    A family rows a boat on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park on June 21, 2011, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Fisherman's Wharf

    Pedestrians walk through the typically crowded Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco’s most popular tourist attraction, known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, unique shopping and more. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Choose your dinner

    Tourists pick out their dinner at a local restaurant. San Francisco salutes the Dungeness Crab with its annual Crab Festival in February. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Ghirardelli Square

    San Francisco's landmark Ghirardelli Square is seen on May 12, 2003. The square was originally a chocolate factory but now houses retail shops and restaurants. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Angel Island

    A group of visitors take a segway tour on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay on June 3, 2009. Once known as the "Ellis Island of the West," the Angel Island immigration station, a historic site, was designed to control the flow of Chinese immigrants to the United States. (Jeff Chiu / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Japanese Tea House and Garden

    The Japanese Tea House and Garden is an attraction in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Today, 75,000 people visit the park on an average weekend. (Philip H. Coblentz / SFCVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Coit Tower

    The moon rises next to Coit Tower on September 22, 2010, in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Book by: Feb. 26
Travel by: Through winter

The deal
Whether you come to explore popular tourist attractions like Alcatraz, enjoy fabolous local cuisine, or see resident seals lounging along Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco has a wealth of exciting treasures to keep you busy. We've rounded up several smart deals that will save you money on hotels and vacations from as low as $127/night.

Up to 40 percent off: Cathedral Hill Hotel stays from $127/night
Situated between Union Square’s top-of-the-line shops and the extraordinary neighborhood of Japantown, the centrally-located Cathedral Hill Hotel offers affordable rates at a top-rated property. Amenities include a heated pool, fitness center, and onsite restaurant along with 396 spacious guestrooms decorated in classic early 60s California design. Rates through winter start at just $127/night, up to 40 percent off regular rack rates.

The St. Regis San Francisco from $272
Located right next door to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the green and wooded esplanade of the Yerba Buena Gardens, the St Regis San Francisco offers travelers a luxurious hideaway in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown area. The elegant five-star property features personalized butler service, a state-of-the-art fitness center, as well as the sophisticated Remède Spa offering a range of classic and personalized treatments. Winter rates for spacious superior guestrooms start at just $272/night if you book by Feb 26th.

30 percent off: Three-night stay at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins with flight from $505
You can also save 30 percent by booking your flight and hotel together with this affordable vacation package on offer from Travelocity. Starting from just $505, you can enjoy three nights at the historic Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel, a deluxe Nob Hill area property that first opened its doors in 1926. Conveniently situated near three cable car lines and close by to the neighborhoods of Union Square and Chinatown, this luxurious property has a 24-hour fitness center, room service, high-speed internet, and several onsite bars and restaurants. For spectacular 360-degree city views that take in the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, head straight up to the elegant Top of the Mark lounge, famous for its 100+ martini menu.

The dollars
Based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
On the whole, San Francisco winters are mild compared with the rest of the country, though rain and storms are common from December through February. Dress appropriately and pack your umbrella.

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