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Parks and Beaches
Over 10,000 elephant seals lounge on the beaches of this state park, where you can take three-mile guided hikes over dunes near their habitats. Surfers and birders also flock to the beaches and bluffs here.
Golden Gate Park
With over 13 million visitors per year, Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s must-see landmarks. Over 1,017 acres of gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments await visitors, as well as ongoing events and activities throughout the year.
Half Moon Bay State Beaches
Located southwest of our hotel, this four-mile stretch of coastline attracts surfers, sunbathers, and picnickers. Paved trails run near the water.
Point Reyes National Seashore
At Point Reyes National Seashore, visitors can take in expansive views of the ocean and rocky headlands while walking amongst the grasslands, hillsides, and forested landscape.
Linda Mar Beach
Starting out in northern coastal San Mateo County, you’ll find the most well-loved and well-used beach in Pacifica. This beach of course is Linda Mar Beach, also known as Pacifica State Beach, is a popular beginner surfing spot and offers a recreation trail along the ocean, surfing and surf camps, restrooms, and showers. Not only that but it is also very popular with dogs. The beach is open from 5:00 am to 10:30 pm during the summer months, making it the perfect place to hang out with the entire family.
Montara State Beach
Continue driving south on Highway 1, passing Devil’s Slide Trail, and you will find Montara State Beach. This is a popular location for visitors to explore beach tide pools, fish, or just relax. It offers convenient access to several beaches for swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, and horseback riding. In addition, the historic Point Montara Lighthouse is located here, offering dramatic and breathtaking scenery of the California coast.
Sweeney Ridge Trail
The trail is open to hikers, equestrians and bicyclists from 8:00am to dusk. There are no amenities on Sweeney Ridge. Pack a lunch, take plenty of water, wear good hiking shoes, take extra layers of clothing and carry a compass (in case fog rolls in). Be sure to pack out your trash. Plan on taking at least four hours to hike Sweeney Ridge.
Central Park and Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden, in San Mateo Central Park is one of the finest gardens in California. It was designed by landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai of the Imperial Palace of Tokyo, and features a granite pagoda, tea house, koi pond and bamboo grove. The Japanese Garden is beautiful throughout the year but be sure to visit in the late Winter and early Spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Sorry, no dogs are allowed in the Japanese Garden.
Catch a ferry from Pier 33 and take a guided tour of “The Rock.” America’s most infamous federal penitentiary once held notorious gangsters Al “Scarface” Capone and Mickey Cohen, and officials still boast that no prisoner ever escaped its walls. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived, and do not forget to take in the unrivalled view of San Francisco while you are there.
Sonoma or Napa Valley Wine Country
It is hard to match the sheer beauty and rustic charm of Napa Valley & the town of Sonoma. In addition to visiting renowned wineries, you can soar in a hot-air balloon, enjoy spa treatments, and dine, hike, bike, or sightsee to your heart’s content.
Muir Woods & Stinson Beach
Wander through ancient groves of coastal redwoods at the Muir Woods National Monument. These impressive trees are between 800 and 1200 years old ande used to dominate the west coast. Afterwards, head to Stinson Beach, only 9 miles further north. Its white sand and oceanfront make it one of the best swimming beaches and surfing spots in northern California.
Stroll along the waterfront - often compared to the French Riviera – enjoy a cup of coffee or your favorite wine in an open-air cafe or browse the many art galleries of this charming city. It is easy to reach by ferry, car, or even by bicycle if you are feeling adventurous. There are countless opportunities for scenic walks, all day dining and water activities.
Hillsdale Shopping Center
Located in San Mateo, the Hillsdale Shopping Center offers over 100 stores and restaurants to fit any shopping needs. The shopping center includes a balanced blend of luxury and lifestyle stores with plenty of diversity to fit any price range. In between shopping, enjoy a mix of casual and fine dining locations such as Paul Martin’s American Grill or enjoy a game of bowling at Pinstripes, located at their newly opened and remodeled dining terrace!
Explore the cafes, boutiques, bookstores, and specialty shops that line Burlingame Avenue, just four miles from Grand Hyatt at SFO.
Serramonte Shopping Center
Located in Daly City, right off Highway 280, the Serramonte Shopping Center is an indoor mall that features over 130 stores and restaurants to fit any shopping needs
World famous Union Square – known as San Francisco’s central shopping and dining district. The plaza and surrounding area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States, making Union Square the premier tourist destination and a vital, cosmopolitan gathering place in downtown San Francisco. Here, you will find shops like Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Nike, Moncler, Apple, Valentino, Omega, Fendi and many, many more, nestled in between the large department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks, Macy’s, and Westfield.
Experience one of the great modern-day ballparks located just over 1 mile from our hotel. The San Francisco Giants have recently won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The park stands along the San Francisco Bay, a segment of which is named “McCovey Cove” in honor of the former Giants player Willie McCovey. The stadium seats 49,915 which includes 68 luxury suites, 5,200 club level seats and an additional 1,500 club seats behind home plate, and you can enjoy amazing views of the Bay from here, both night and day.
The recently opened Chase Center is home to the Golden State Warriors, in San Francisco’s Mission Neighborhood at 3rd St and 16th St – just 2 miles from our hotel. The state-of-the-art facility has a seating capacity of 18,064 and a multi-purpose area that includes a theater configuration with an entrance overlooking a newly built park. The arena also hosts concerts and other live events. Chase Center boasts a large variety of dining venues including Faction Brewing, Tocolicious and Sugar and Spun.
Opened August 2014, Levi’s Stadium is the home of the Bay Area's professional football team: the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium hosted the Super Bowl 50 in 2016, and it features a "green" roof atop the suite tower, a museum, and three solar bridges. Tour the locker rooms or cheer on the team on game day.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Enjoy the East Bay sun and catch an A’s game at the Oakland Coliseum. Also, formerly home to the Oakland Raiders – the Coliseum seats up to 55,945 and is a multi-purpose stadium that also hosts live concerts, shows and entertainment. The Coliseum is easily accessible by BART – just 5 stops from the nearest stop to our hotel (Montgomery).
There is nothing quite like the atmosphere here, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Explore the souvenir shops and stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls, and take in the postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. From here, you can also book a guided fishing adventure, taking you either deep-sea fishing or into the Bay. At Ghirardelli Square, boutiques and cafes reside in the famed former chocolate factory, perfect place to rest your feet.
Golden Gate Bridge
Treat yourself to the extraordinary experience of walking or cycling across all or part of this art deco span, with its astonishing views. Do not forget to bring a sweatshirt or a jacket – the San Francisco fog and wind often surprises visitors. Guided tours are available, and the Welcome Center features on-site exhibits.
Enjoy all the festivities at this walkable waterfront marketplace but be sure not to miss the world-famous California sea lions, which have taken up residence on the docks in the Pier 39 marina.
Climb to the top or drive down America’s most crooked street. Take in the scenic views, where you’ll see Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, Telegraph Hill, and the Bay Bridge, as well as the mansions and brilliantly colored flowers that line the street.
Visit this historic transit hub from 1898, boasting an iconic 245-foot clock tower. You will be able to explore world-class boutique food shops and restaurants, and from the many eateries along the pier, you can enjoy watching the ferries arrive from several smaller cities further up the Bay. Do not forget to check out the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Kayak or Stand-up Paddle Boarding
See the city from a new angle: the waters of San Francisco Bay. Spend a few hours or a whole day taking in the sights and the rich wildlife with a paddle in your hand and friends by your side.
City by the Bay Nightlife
From cocktail lounges and gay bars to dance clubs and dive establishments, San Francisco offers endless nightlife choices. Just pick a street. Polk, Chestnut, Columbus, Fillmore, Valencia, Haight, or Union? Get ready, Set, Go!
San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
Spend a day experiencing this historic treasure with 1,000 endangered and rescued animals representing 250 species on view in 100 acres of lovely, peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean. Their mission is to connect visitors with wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action.