San Francisco Pride & LGBT Travel
San Francisco Pride & LGBT Travel
Towards the end of June every year, San Francisco comes alive with vibrant colors for the world renowned San Francisco Pride Celebration. Pride weekend is a big deal in San Francisco with festivities and colorful contingents taking to the road to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities. The Pride Parade usually routes from Beale Street to 8th Street along Market Street culminating in a spectacular celebration at Civic Centre. Whether you're in the city to participate in the parade or to bask in the festive spirit as an onlooker, there are several things to do and noteworthy stops along the way which should keep you busy all weekend long. While you're in the city, it is a great idea to stay on to enjoy some of San Francisco's best attractions or go on a hike in the Bay Area.
When to Book For San Francisco Pride
Like we said, San Francisco Pride is peak traveling season for the city with over 1 million people participating in the Pride Parade. As with all things peak season, accommodation rates start rising closer to SF Pride dates. The trend is the same whether you're looking to book a hotel suite or a vacation rental. We typically recommend booking a suite at least 60-90 days in advance of travel dates to lock in the best prices before event-related last-minute price effect kicks in. Suiteness customers usually opt for this since we offer Best Price Guarantee on all bookings and match that lower prices found anywhere else online.
Where to Stay For San Francisco Pride
Whether you're attending San Francisco Pride with your significant other and need a place to stay that's as stylish as you, or you're traveling as a group and need a comfortable accommodation that doesn't break the bank, a suite is a great option.
To ensure that your Pride weekend is what you've always wanted it to be, it's best to stay as close to the festivities as possible. The European-style boutique hotel, The Inn at Union Square is in the heart of Union Square which falls along the Pride Parade route on Market Street. Something like the Junior Suite at Parc 55 San Francisco makes a good option for a couple or at most four guests. Bay-style windows with an option of City or Bay views makes for a very San Francisco stay the hotel is just a block off Market Street, which grants easy access to Pride festivities and the nearest BART subway station. Another great option is to stay at the landmark Clift Hotel San Francisco, a 15-minute walk to Civic Center Plaza which is where the SF Pride celebrations take place. The hotel will give you a feel of old-time San Francisco with an eclectic furniture collection in the hotel's vaulted lobby and the wood-paneled walls of the famous hotel bar, Redwood Room. The hotel has plenty of single bedroom suites for those of you looking to stay as a couple and even suites like Deluxe Suite + Double Double Room if you're traveling with up to six others. Connecitng suites like this are a great way to gain an additional 300-400 square feet or more, and extra beds for a fraction of the price you would have to pay for a penthouse or regular two-bedroom.
With millions of people visiting San Francisco for Pride weekend, it can get a tad exhausting to find the best places to brunch at, or the most popular gay bars. Here's a guide to things to do in San Francisco but if this is not enough or if you need help with anything from restaurant recommendations to arranging a special San Franciso Pride surprise in your suite, reach out to your complimentary 24/7 personalized concierge team at Suiteness.