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Located right outside our front door is 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.
San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood is rich with chic boutiques, home decor shops and trendy restaurants. It's also within walking distance of popular performing arts institutions like SFJAZZ, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony. It is located between the historical districts of Alamo Square and the Civic Center. The neighborhood gets its name from Hayes Street, which was named for Thomas Hayes, San Francisco's county clerk from 1853 to 1856 who also started the first Market Street Railway franchise.
San Francisco's Fillmore neighborhood is one of the city's most engaging and entertaining locations, with culture, cuisine, and fun. It also boasts plenty of excellent shops where you can find the perfect memento of your visit to San Francisco. You'll find plenty of places to eat on Fillmore Street, with cuisines from around the world. One of the easiest ways to pick one is to walk around, checking menus and seeing where the crowds are gathered.
Located just a couple blocks from our hotel - enter the Dragon’s Gate of Chinatown and instantly immerse yourself in culture. Situated between North Beach and Union Square, ornate lamp posts, pagoda roofs, and jam-packed window fronts greet you in this lively and tightly packed neighborhood. Explore this lively neighborhood that developed one year before the Gold Rush and features restaurants, gift shops, food markets, alleyways, and a fortune cookie factory.
Arts & Culture
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
This internationally acclaimed collection of modern art spans seven stories and has a cafe and bookstore on site. SFMOMA’s permanent collection houses contemporary artists Calder, Matisse, and Picasso. Special exhibitions and events occur year-round.
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Boasting one of the finest collections of Asian art in the world, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco exposes visitors to Asia’s many diverse cultures. The museum is a catalyst for discovery and understanding of the Asian experience.
de Young Memorial Museum
Founded in 1895 and located in Golden Gate Park, the de Young is home to priceless collections of art spanning more than 300 years, including American, Native American, African, and Pacific. The de Young stands out with its iconic copper facade.
Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor was built to commemorate Californian solders who died in World War I. It is regarded as one of the city’s most beautiful museums with a view overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. The museum displays an impressive collection of ancient and European art spanning more than 4,000 years.
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.
Golden Gate Park
Explore one of the largest urban parks in the world. This 150-year old green space is bigger than New York City’s Central Park, and with much of it closed off for vehicles, it’s a safe place to explore all its hidden treasures like the California Academy of Sciences, the Koret Children’s Quarter, The Japanese Tea Garden, The Botanical Gardens, live buffalo and much, much more!
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.
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).
Leisurely walk to Coit Tower
This icon is easy to spot from the hotel – a hike up to its base on Telegraph Hill is great exercise rewarded by great views. It has an elevator to the top that offers you sweeping 360-degree views of San Francisco.
Boating at Stow Lake
Tucked away in Golden Gate Park, you can experience this charming lake, with its pedal boats, waterfall and Chinese pavilion.
Sea Plane Tour
Admire The Bay Area from above with a guaranteed window seat! A once-in-a-lifetime experience, enjoy San Francisco from above, fly over Golden Gate Bridge, and sip champagne with your loved while watching the sunset.
Watch the Bay Lights from Pier 14
Stake out a spot at the end of the Pier on a late afternoon, as this is a superb place to watch the lights on the Bay Bridge and the city’s skyscrapers blink on as the sun goes down. The views are exceptional, and regular visitors say that the further you venture out onto the Pier’s 637-foot length, the smaller you feel.
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.
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 is countless opportunities for scenic walks, all day dining and water activities.
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, and used to dominate the west coast. Afterwards, head to Stinson Beach, only 9 miles further north. Its white sand and oceanfront makes it one of the best swimming beaches and surfing spots in northern California.
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.
Experience the nightlife in the City by the Bay
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!
The 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.