City Spotlight: 24 Hours in San Francisco

At Hipmunk, we’re proud to call San Francisco home. Here’s our guide to exploring our beautiful City by the Bay, all in 24 hours: it’s a jam-packed day, but you’ll love every minute!

5:30 AM: Sunrise in Twin Peaks

To make the most of a 24-hour stay, rise early to see the sunrise from an elevation of over 920 feet. Twin Peaks is the second-highest point in the city, offering incredible 180-degree views of the Bay Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and other major city landmarks. It’s a beautiful spot to see skyline views, and there’s no better time than sunrise. Stop by to relax, snap photos, and take in the beauty of the City by the Bay. Just don’t forget a jacket—Twin Peaks gets windy!

10:00 AM: Brunch in Noe Valley

After taking your time to explore Twin Peaks, walk slightly east to nearby Noe Valley. A laid-back and family-friendly neighborhood in central San Francisco, Noe Valley is a great place to score a delicious brunch. Walking the area’s main street reveals a great selection of cafes, bistros and coffee shops nestled alongside fun clothing boutiques and bookstores. Try Chloe’s Cafe at 1399 Church Street or Griddle Fresh at 4007 24th Street for a delicious morning wake-up call.

1:00 PM: Hiking in the Presidio

The Presidio, particularly its Pacific coast side, is a can’t-miss destination for some of the most beautiful hiking the city has to offer. Miles of hiking trails cross through woods, over hills, and even under the Golden Gate bridge, while numerous scenic overlooks offer incredible views of the Presidio scenery and the city itself. We recommend ending a hike at Crissy Field, a beautiful park on the waterfront with views of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands.

4:00 PM: Shopping on Union Street

Take a stroll down Union Street to browse block after block of local boutiques and shops. With its high concentration of independent and locally owned stores, this is the place to find unique items away from chain retailers. When you’ve exhausted the area’s dozens of shops, stop for a cup of coffee or a drink in one of the numerous coffee shops and bars lining the street. The area’s architecture is a sightseeing bonus!

7:00 PM: Dinner in the Mission

Grab a quick BART detour to The Mission, home of hipster vibes and trendy restaurants galore. There’s something for every taste and preference here—a walk up Valencia Street reveals everything from Indian buffets to Mediterranean-inspired tapas. Check out Delfina at 3621 18th Street for incredible Italian, or stop by Foreign Cinema at 2534 Mission Street for innovative American fare. If you’re in the mood for something cheap and filling, there’s always the Mission’s legendary burritos: Try El Farolito at 2779 Mission Street.

9:00 PM: Live Music

After dark, San Francisco is home to a thriving nightlife scene that deserves a post-dinner stop! Walk a few quick blocks to The Chapel, a new live music venue and neighborhood bar located at 777 Valencia Street. The venue occupies a newly renovated 1914 building that’s a destination in and of itself. To check out a legendary performance space, head up to The Fillmore at 1805 Geary Street. A San Francisco destination for decades, The Fillmore has hosted music legends the likes of James Brown, Tina Turner and The Grateful Dead.

Ready to book your trip to the City by the Bay? Check out http://www.hipmunk.com/ to book your flights and find your perfect hotel.

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Beyond the Eiffel Tower: 5 Lesser-Known Paris Destinations

Although the beautiful Eiffel Tower is a can’t-miss Paris destination, don’t let your trip stop there. We’ve compiled a list of five of the best lesser-known Paris attractions to help you see all that the City of Love has to offer. Enjoy your trip off the beaten path!

Musée Marmottan—Claude Monet

For those looking to avoid the crowds at the Louvre, this museum is a fantastic option. Despite being one of the city’s less famous museums, Musée Marmottan houses a collection of over 300 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, including the world’s largest collection of art by Claude Monet. The Monet paintings, most of which were donated by the artist’s family, include vibrant and colorful canvases of his water garden in Giverny. The museum also features works by Renoir, Degas, and Manet.

Les Puces

Although Paris does have its share of designer fashion, it is also home to some of the best flea markets in the world. The largest is the market at Porte de Clignancourt, known by locals as Les Puces. Les Puces is also the largest flea market in the world, attracting between 120,000 and 180,000 visitors each weekend. Check it out to find anything from souvenirs to valuable antique furniture. Just don’t forget to check your calendar—Les Puces is only open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays!

Stade de France

In a city full of timeless art and architecture, it’s easy to forget about sports. If that’s what you’re into, this is the place: The Stade de France—France’s national stadium—is home to both the French national football team and the French rugby union team for international competition. It was built in 1998 to house the FIFA World Cup. In addition to sporting events, the Stade has also hosted musicians including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Musée du Vin

In case wine aficionados didn’t already have enough to do in Paris, the Musée du Vin in the 16th arrondissement is a shrine to the French art of winemaking. Its collections contain more than 2,000 pieces, some of which date back over 2000 years. Displays include the tools of the vine, wine cellars, and objects to serve and taste wine, among others.The museum pays tribute to the generations of artisans who have made French wine what it is today—a must-see for any wine lovers or collectors!

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, which was opened during the reign of Emperor Napoleon III, is a smaller park that is a beautiful destination for both romantic getaways and families with children. For couples, the park’s lakes, bridges, waterfall, caves and giant cedars create a gorgeous natural atmosphere. The park’s playgrounds and pony rides, however, make it an equally child-friendly spot. For a beautiful view, check out the Temple de la Sybille—a roman-inspired temple sitting atop one of the park’s cliffs.

Ready to stop reading and start sightseeing? Check out http://www.hipmunk.com/ to book your flights and find your perfect hotel.

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Hipmunk Hotels: New Design and Features

At Hipmunk, we’ve made finding the perfect hotel for your next trip even faster and easier. Today, we introduce our redesigned hotel search for mobile and web: a new look featuring upgrades so you can find the perfect hotel at the best price.

The redesigned hotel search has several new features. Each feature allows you to compare hotels and select the best location and rate without ever leaving Hipmunk.

Stay Where You Need to Be

Want to stay steps away from your business meeting or favorite landmark? Our redesigned hotel search for web allows you to drop pins on a map so you can find accommodations close to where you want to be. In addition, the map is now side by side with the hotel results list, so you can see where hotels on the list actually are on a map!

Stats That Answer Your Questions

New Hipmunk stats on web, mobile web, and apps are based on TrustYou sentiment data, which makes it faster and easier to see a hotel’s strengths and weaknesses (as determined by real people) without having to read endless individual reviews. At a glance, you can get details on the things that are important for your vacation including location, service, value, food, pool, internet, and more.

Everything Happens in One Place

Our new design gives you more “Book on Hipmunk” hotel choices, which allow you to book hotels directly on the Hipmunk website or app. That means that you’ll never be transferred to a partner’s website or app, so you can finish booking your trip without pop-ups or new tabs.

What Stays the Same?

We’ve only changed the stuff that needed it.  Your favorite features like the “Ecstasy” filter (sorting hotels by a combination of price, amenities, and reviews), Heatmap (showing neighborhoods with the highest concentration of food, tourism, shopping and nightlife) and Tonight Deals (helping app users save up to 60% on last-minute hotel bookings) are still around. In addition, our “Neighborhoods” feature, which helps you find unique neighborhoods, their descriptions, and places of interest, is still there to help you experience your destination like a local.

Ready to book your next hotel stay? Get started at http://www.hipmunk.com/hotels  The hardest part will be waiting for your trip to begin.

 

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