San Francisco Attractions & ActivitiesYou could spend weeks exploring all the amazing things to do in San Francisco. Take a cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, sample Dim Sum in Chinatown, visit nearby San Francisco parks, attractions and museums, take in the city's vibrant arts scene or shop for the latest fashions in nearby Union Square.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -The old Main Library was converted into this stunning San Francisco museum celebrating Asian art with more than 15,000 pieces among its collection, which includes everything from jades to puppets, painting and the oldest known Chinese Buddha. Save with free admission the first Tuesday of the month, www.asianart.org.
Union Square -
Just a few blocks away you can shop to your heart's content in San Francisco's major downtown shopping district, where you'll discover art galleries, upscale designers such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Chanel and Gucci, as well as Macy's, Apple Store, Alessi, Barney's, Saks, and some of San Francisco's top cafes and restaurants, http://www.unionsquareshop.com/.
Westfield San Francisco Centre -
Just a few steps from Union Square, you'll explore the newest shopping center in downtown San Francisco, which includes the West Coast flagship of Bloomingdale's and the second-largest Nordstrom in the United States, http://westfield.com/sanfrancisco.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA -
Enjoy free admission on Tuesdays and later hours on Thursdays at this innovative modern art museum located a few blocks from our hotel.
The museum includes works by modern masters Warhol, Calder, Matisse, and Picasso, an extensive art collection from Paul Klee, particularly strong modern photography and new media collections, as well as film screenings and hands-on children's art activities, http://www.sfmoma.org.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts -
This cross-disciplinary contemporary arts center is located just a few blocks away and presents adventurous films, performances, dance and exhibitions, http://www.ybca.org.
San Francisco Walking Tours -
At the nearby Main Library join one of the free, year-round Civic Center walking tours which highlight San Francisco's rich history, architecture and famous stories. A special Ghost Walk takes place in October, www.sfcityguides.org.
Fisherman's Wharf -
Take the Market Street F-Line or a Cable Car to San Francisco's number one attraction. At Fisherman's Wharf you can sample San Francisco's famous clam chowder: rent bikes and kayaks; book a bay cruise and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge or to Alcatraz prison; charter a fishing boat; and even rent a talking car to guide you around San Francisco. You can also rent a bike to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and explore other areas of San Francisco. Located between Embarcadero and Jefferson, http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/.
Pier 39 -
East of Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 invites the visiting crowds with outstanding views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Sausalito. From here you can also rent bikes or pick up San Francisco tours.
Other attractions include the famous sea lions, an aquarium, 110 specialty shops, a wine bar featuring local California wines, a variety of seafood restaurants, and a carousel carved with famous San Francisco attractions. At the California Welcome Center at Pier 39, you can store luggage, rent strollers, mail packages and more. Beach Street and The Embarcadero, www.pier39.com.
Alcatraz Island -
Take the ferry to visit the world's most famous prison, where the likes of Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone were incarcerated and movies such as "The Rock" and "Escape from Alcatraz" have been filmed. During your cruise and guided tour you'll be treated to one of the most beautiful views in San Francisco and find out all the gory details, stories and fascinating history of Alcatraz. Pick up a round-trip cruise from Pier 33 on The Embarcadero. http://www.alcatrazcruises.com.
Golden Gate Bridge -
See the famous 75-year-old San Francisco attraction in a variety of ways. Rent a bike or drive your car and cross the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands lookouts or Cavallo Point near Sausalito. Get on a Golden Gate Transit bus just behind the hotel and disembark at the Vista Point to walk back to San Francisco across the Golden Gate. For picture perfect views, you can also book a Fisherman's Wharf fishing boat and sail directly under the Golden Gate, http://www.goldengatebridge.org/ or http://www.nps.gov/goga/.
San Francisco's Chinatown -
Grant and Stockton are the main thoroughfares of this well-known San Francisco attraction guarded by the famous lions, but be sure to explore the side alleys between Waverly Place and Portsmouth Square as well. Discover authentic Asian stores, markets, dim sum restaurants, noodle shops, a fortune cookie factory, art galleries and more all located just nine blocks from our landmark hotel, http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/.
Golden Gate Park -
Larger than Central Park in size, the Golden Gate Park provides San Francisco residents and visitors with a place to relax and numerous attractions mixed in. Home to the De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden and the spectacular San Francisco Botanical Garden and Strybing Arboretum, the Golden Gate Park boasts the 3rd most visitors of any city park in the United States. Watch the surfers and enjoy brunch at Ocean Beach, or dine at the Cliff House while taking in the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Learn more at: http://www.golden-gate-park.com/
Haight - Ashbury -
One of San Francisco's most popular districts (named after the intersection), the Haight or Upper Haight is a vibrant area full of entertainment and steeped in history. Noted for its role in the off beat movement in the 1960s and the "Summer of Love," Haight-Ashbury is home to several attractions such as old Victorian houses, independent bars and restaurants, clothes boutiques, smoke shops, and the annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair. The hilly Buena Vista Park is a green oasis offering breathtaking views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit http://www.lovehaight.org/ for more information.
AT&T Park -
Home to the 2010 and 2012 World Series Champion, the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is one of baseballs newest stadiums and provides breathtaking views from any seat. Catch a Giants game or any number of concerts throughout the year, and make sure to venture down to right field to get an up close look at McCovey Cove! Park information can be found at: http://mlb.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/index.jsp.