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Rainbow bridge: Travel from Portland to San Francisco for the Pride Parade

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By Hoodline - Published on June 18, 2019.

It's the largest gathering of LGBTQ+ people in the nation and an excellent anchor for a trip to the Bay Area. San Francisco Pride runs June 29 and 30 this year, in the heart of the city.

Beyond the centerpiece parade — 1.5 miles down Market Street from Embarcadero to Civic Center on June 30 — the festival offers two days of speakers and performers designed to inspire and entertain. Nearly two dozen community stages and spaces scattered around town invite you to explore the city over the weekend.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Portland to San Francisco in that time frame, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to San Francisco

Currently, the cheapest flights between Portland and San Francisco are if you leave on June 28 and return from California on June 30. Sun Country Airlines currently has roundtrip tickets for $179.

There are also deals to be had earlier in June. If you fly out of Portland on June 27 and return from San Francisco on June 30, United can get you there and back for $197 roundtrip.

Top San Francisco accommodations

Regarding where to stay, here are some of San Francisco’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Fairmont San Francisco (950 Mason St.)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Fairmont San Francisco. The hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $186.

This Nob Hill hotel is close to Grace Cathedral, while within easy walking distance to Union Square shops and restaurants. Additional attractions include Chinatown, easily accessible by foot or via the California Cable Car line that runs just out front. 

The Buchanan (1800 Sutter St.)

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If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, there's The Buchanan, which has rooms for $92/night.

"Located in Japantown next to a bunch of great little shops. ... Clean rooms, great amenities and the world's most comfortable bed," wrote visitor Jamie.

The Hotel Vertigo (940 Sutter St.)

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A third option is The Hotel Vertigo. The 4.8-star hotel has rooms for $99/night.

"This hotel is one of the trendiest in San Francisco that I've seen. It manages to pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock's classic film 'Vertigo', without coming across as kitschy," wrote reviewer Kate. "Several scenes from the movie were actually filmed here, so its credibility is real!" 

Featured San Francisco restaurants

Don't miss San Francisco's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Bi-Rite Creamery (3692 18th St.)

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First things first: dessert. For a popular option, check out Bi-Rite Creamery, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 188 reviews on Skyscanner.

The creamery uses Straus Family Farms organic dairy in its ice cream and strives to create unique and exciting flavors.

"They attract loads of customers from the nearby Dolores Park social scene ... In this foodie city the locals are still willing to wait for an hour or more to get a scoop of Earl Grey, lavender honey, black sesame, malted vanilla and my favorite, salted caramel," wrote visitor Tracy. "If the line is daunting, try the shorter line that serves soft serve only." 

Gary Danko (800 N. Point St.)

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One of San Francisco's most popular restaurants is Gary Danko, with 4.8 stars from 61 reviews.

The award-winning restaurant has consistently received a five-star Mobil rating and reviewers continue to extol its delights. 

"One of the top restaurants in the city," wrote Albert. "I've been here a few times and their menu is extremely well done. If you do the five-course, please get ready to eat a feast. Cocktails are a must. Reasonably priced, very kind staff and amazing aura."

Nopa (560 Divisadero St.)

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Finally, there's Nopa, a San Francisco gathering place north of the Panhandle, that serves urban rustic food and specializes in organic wood-fired cuisine.

"Hip restaurant serving gourmet comfort food," wrote diner Travis. 

Featured San Francisco attractions

San Francisco is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

Golden Gate Bridge 

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First up is the 1.7-mile Golden Gate Bridge, which opened in 1937. The name doesn't come from its color, but because the Golden Gate Strait is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The bridge is painted "international orange."

"An amazing feature of modern engineering, the space surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge could not be more beautiful," wrote visitor Anna. "We went at sunset to catch the views and I was blown away with how impressive the bridge itself was." 

Golden Gate Park (Stanyan and Haight streets)

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The 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park is another popular destination.

You'll find serenity with a myriad of attractions — art museums, a Japanese tea garden, a Shakespeare garden, even a buffalo paddock. You can also take part in activities such as hiking, riding horseback, archery or feeding the ducks at one of three ponds.

"This is a scenic, tranquil place to go," wrote visitor Irene. "It is so calm here and a great escape from the busy city streets. There are lots of native plants here and birds to view. Nearby are several museums and the iconic bridge."

California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Drive)

Lastly, spend some time at the California Academy of Sciences, a research and natural history museum located in Golden Gate Park.

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the academy's roof is made of grass and sculpted to look like the park's rolling hills have been lifted up and the academy slipped underneath. Beneath the roof, the building houses a full-scale aquarium, a natural history museum and a planetarium. Great for kids, there is enough to see here for a full day.


This story was created automatically using flight, hotel, and local attractions data, then reviewed by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.

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