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San Francisco International Airport, San
Mateo County Expo Center, Monster Park and
Downtown San Fancisco
Convenient to All Bay Area Attractions




San Francisco Site Seeing

Top Attractions

Alcatraz

Considering how many movies have been set here, you might feel like you've already "been there, done that"--but you really shouldn't miss a trip to America's most infamous federal pen. Husky-throated onetime inmates and grizzled former guards bring the Rock to life on the wonderful audio tour; you'll hear yarns about desperate escape attempts and notorious crooks like Al Capone while you walk the cold cement cellblock. But it's not all doom and gloom: you'll enjoy stunning views of the city skyline on the ferry ride to and from the island. www.alcatrazcruises.com

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco's signature International Orange span is the city's majestic background, and about 10 million people a year head to the bridge for an up-close look. Walking the 1.7 mi to Marin County--inches from roaring traffic, steel shaking beneath your feet, and a far-too-low railing between you and the water 200 feet below--is much more than a superlative photo op (though it's that, too). www.goldengatebridge.org


Fisherman's Wharf

Once part of a thriving fishing industry, Fisherman's Wharf has deteriorated into a giant harpoon aimed straight at your wallet. Throngs from all over the world come to watch the flopping, barking, or napping sea lions; buy cheap T-shirts; and chow down on overpriced, mediocre food. It's all an utter mystery to locals, who don't come here, ever. See the magnificent historic ships at the Hyde Street Pier, and then take your money and run. www.fishermanswharf.org

 

Golden Gate Park

It may be world famous, but first and foremost the park is the city's backyard. Come here any day of the week, and you'll find a microcosm of San Francisco, from the Russian senior citizens feeding the pigeons at Stow Lake to the moms pushing strollers through the botanical gardens to the arts boosters checking out the latest at the de Young Museum. Be sure to visit the park's iconic treasures, including the serene Japanese Tea Garden and the beautiful Victorian Conservatory of Flowers. If you have the time to venture further into this urban oasis, you'll discover less-accessible gems like the Beach Chalet and the wild western shores of Ocean Beach. www.golden-gate-park.com/


Palace
of Fine Arts

Perched on a swan-filled lagoon near the Marina's yacht harbor, this stirringly beautiful terra-cotta-color dome has an otherworldly quality about it. Built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, the palace is a San Francisco architect's version of a Roman ruin, and it's been eliciting gasps for almost a century. Try to see it from the water. www.palaceoffinearts.org


Coit
Tower

Most people assume that this stubby white tower atop Telegraph Hill is supposed to look like a fire hose. And considering that a fire truck-chasing, cross-dressing 19th-century socialite donated the funds to build it in honor of firefighters, maybe it is. The tower itself is of vague interest--it does house the history of San Francisco in murals--but the "park" (ing lot) at its base gives fantastic views of the city and the bay. The tower sits at the top of Telegraph Hill's Filbert Steps, a steep stairway through glorious gardens with vistas of transcendent beauty, an only-in-San Francisco spot locals cherish. www.sftravel.com/coit-tower-san-francisco.html


Cable Cars

You've already seen them on the big screen, in magazines. And considering a ticket costs $5 a pop, do you really need to ride a cable car? Yes, you do, at least once during your visit. Flag down a Powell-Hyde car along Powell Street, grab the pole, and clatter and jiggle up mansion-topped Nob Hill. Crest the hill, and hold on for the hair-raising descent to Fisherman's Wharf, with sun glittering off the bay and Alcatraz bobbing in the distance. Don't deny it--this would be a deal at twice the price. www.sfcablecar.com


AT&T
Park

One of the finest examples of modern "retro" ballparks, the Giants coastal digs are the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon enjoying the national pastime. Grab a dog and some garlic fries, and revel in the bay views. If you're lucky, you'll get to see someone drill a splash hit into McCovey Cove.

www.sfgiants.com

 

Ferry Building

Foodies rejoice! The historic Ferry Building is stuffed to the brim with all things tasty, including cafés, restaurants, a farmers' market, and merchants peddling everything from wine and olive oil to oysters and mushrooms. The building backs up to the bay, so the views are great--but they're even better from the decks of the departing ferries. www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com


Wine Country

You don't need to be a connoisseur to enjoy a trip to Napa or Sonoma..or both (hey, you're on vacation). But there's more to a wine country visit than vineyard tours and tastings: landmark restaurants, breathtaking scenery, fantastic artwork, hot air balloon rides, and secluded boutique hotels. And when you're ready for a break, a great glass of wine is never that far out of reach. www.winecountry.com


Nearby
Name  Distance 
 
Beach  0.5 mi 
Bowling  2 mi 
Fishing  1 mi 
Hiking Trail  6 mi 
Horseback Riding  25 mi 
Jet Skiing  1 mi 
Jogging Track  50 FT 
Playground  100 YD 
Pool  100 YD 
Pool Table  3 mi 
Sight Seeing Tours  17 mi 
Walking Track  50 FT 

Local Businesses & Corporations:
Name  Distance  Heading 
 
Bechtel  20 MI 
Cisco  7 MI 
CROSSWORLDS  2 BLK 
CSAA TRAINING FACILITY  9 MI 
Federal Express  2 MI   
Hewlett Packard  6 MI 
IBM  2 BLK   
MCI  1 BLK   
ORACLE HEADQUARTERS  7 MI 
SAN FRANCISCO INTL AIRPORT  2 MI 
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIV  12 MI 
SAN MATEO EXPO CENTER  5 MI 
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO BIOTECH  5 MI 
Sprint  1 MI 
Stanford University  16 MI 
TAG AVIATION  1 BLK 
Target  3 MI 
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO  17 MI  N

 

 


 


 

 

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