Enjoy Fun Things To Do In San Francisco, California
Vacation at our Daly City, CA hotel near San Francisco International Airport and you’ll always have a full plate of fun, family-friendly things to do in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. For one of the best views of the Bay and downtown San Francisco, you’ll want to take a leisurely stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge-a true San Francisco landmark. Get a real feel for the city by taking a cable car to Chinatown where exotic shops and memorable meals await you. Of course, that’s just the beginning of what you’ll discover in this top-notch city.
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge.
Standing 746 feet high, the seventy-year-old Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County. Its two towers are nearly 200 feet taller than the Washington Monument. The 1.7 mile-long five lane suspension bridge can be traversed by car, bicycle or on foot. For more information, visit www.goldengatebridge.org.
Chinatown, San Francisco.
Outside of China, the city with the largest Chinese population is San Francisco. Get an up-close-and-personal look at a living and breathing Chinese community by visiting Chinatown, located just a few blocks from downtown San Francisco. The tourist version can be found on Grant Street, where souvenirs and restaurants with English translations on the menus abound. One block west is Stockton Street, home to authentic Chinese grocery stores, shops and eateries. For more information, visit www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/.
Downtown San Francisco.
The upscale shops of Union Square. World-famous cable cars. First-class theatre. Five-star restaurants. You’ll find all that and more in dazzling downtown San Francisco, located just 8 miles north of our hotel lobby. For more information on all the attractions and events happening in the incomparable City by the Bay, visit www.sfcvb.org/ [Top]
Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.
Situated in the center of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was once a federal prison and home to the famous “Birdman” (made famous by Burt Lancaster in the motion picture). Today, Alcatraz Island is run by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Explore what remains of the prison and the West Coast’s first-and oldest-working lighthouse. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/alcatraz
San Francisco's Pier 39.
San Francisco’s number-one attraction, Pier 39 at the northern end of the city features more than 110 stores, 13 bay view restaurants and a variety of fun-filled attractions. Sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment definitely make the trip worth it. For more information, visit www.pier39.com
Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
The Academy of Art University was established in downtown San Francisco in 1929 to teach advertising art. Today, with approximately 9,000 students, it’s the largest private school of art and design in the country. Degrees include Bachelor of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture or a Certificate Program with over 30 areas of academic emphasis. For more information, visit www.academyart.edu/ [Top]
San Francisco Ghirardelli Square.
One of San Francisco’s most revered landmarks, Ghirardelli Square boasts a rich history-not unlike the chocolates that bear its name. Experience some of the finest bay views, galleries, boutiques, culinary treats and special events that make San Francisco a city like no other. For more information, visit www.ghirardellisq.com
San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf.
Known for its historic waterfront, Fisherman’s Wharf has something for everyone. Wander along the seemingly never-ending piers and enjoy breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge as well as mouthwatering meals of fresh crab and clam chowder. For more information, visit www.fishermanswharf.org
University of California, San Francisco.
Dedicated to the advancement of biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences and health professions, as well as providing complex patient care, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is one of the top schools in the country. To date, approximately 25,000 doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and scientists have graduated from UCSF. And with a workforce of 18,600, UCSF is San Francisco’s second largest employer. For more information, visit www.ucsf.edu/ [Top]
Muir Woods, San Francisco.
Travel north across the Golden Bridge just a few miles and you’ll land in Mill Valley, a quaint town that lays claim to a true natural wonder-Muir Woods. This ancient coast redwood forest, named for famed naturalist John Muir, features 1000-year-old redwoods that stretch 260 feet into the air. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm
San Francisco Zoo.
The San Francisco Zoo houses 250 species and includes a petting zoo, miniature train and carousel for kids of all ages. New to the zoo is the spacious African Savanna exhibit, which features giraffes, zebras, kudus, ostriches and other African wildlife roaming together in a lush, three-acre habitat. This dramatic, mixed-species exhibit brings a variety of animals closer to the public than ever before. For more information, visit www.sfzoo.org.
Lombard Street in San Francisco.
A few blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll encounter a steep, wildly curved portion of Lombard Street that has become known as the “crookedest street in the world.” It continues in both directions, going all the way east up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower and continuing west down through the Marina District, where it becomes the main artery to Golden Gate Bridge. For more information, visit www.sftravel.com/lomabardcrookedstreet.html.
de Young Museum, San Francisco.
Founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum recently underwent an extreme makeover, re-opening in October, 2005. This state-of-the-art facility provides San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase its priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, along with the art of the native Americas, Africa and the Pacific. For more information, visit www.thinker.org/ [Top]