San Francisco is a beautiful bayside city, with so many attractions it can be difficult to know where to start. In San Francisco alone, there are cable cars to ride, ballgames to attend, and historic neighborhoods to visit. From Chinatown to Golden Gate Park, from Pier 39 to the Castro district, there is something for everyone to smile about in San Francisco.
If you have any questions about San Francisco, California attractions, just ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. Whether you're looking for the best San Francisco attractions for kids and families, or you want things to do for a romantic getaway, we'll help you map out your time in our amazing city.
- Home of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants, who won the World Series in 2010, AT&T Park is considered one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country. Located on San Francisco Bay's McCovey Cove, the ballpark, which opened in 2000, is a testament to one of the MLB's oldest teams and the great players who have been a part of its history including legendary Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid. Visit http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/
- Just steps away from the front doors of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway hotel, San Francisco cable cars are unique historic landmarks, ones that get around, so to speak. Three cable car routes are in operation today , the Powel-Mason line, the Powell-Hyde line, and the California Street line, near the hotel, which goes from the Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, to Van Ness, where the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway is located. Visit http://www.sfcablecar.com/
Candlestick Park is the home of the National Football League San Francisco 49ers, winners of five Super Bowl championships. Located on San Francisco's Candlestick Point, the stadium opened in 1960 as the ballpark of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Candlestick is known for its gusty days, so be sure to bring a warm coat if you head out for a game. Go to http://www.49ers.com/stadium/index.html
- One of San Francisco's top tourist attractions, Chinatown is also the oldest Chinatown in the United States, and the largest one outside of Asia. There are plenty of delicious Chinese restaurants to try, from dim sum to bubble tea cafes. Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for a Chinatown souvenir such as silk embroidered pajamas, chopsticks, and fortune cookies. For more, go to http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/
- Located at the top of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill in Pioneer Park, Coit Tower stand sentinel, an art deco column rising into the sky. Built by the bequest of patroness Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the tower honors San Francisco firefighters. Visitors can reach the entrance to the tower, by car, public bus, or stairs. Even if you don't go up into Coit Tower, enjoy the amazing views of the city and the Bay from Pioneer Park. Be sure to listen and watch for the flock of parrots that live in the trees on Telegraph Hill. Visit http://wwwsfrecpark.org/CoitTower.aspx
Golden Gate Park
- Stretching over 1,000 acres from the Pacific Ocean east into San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco's most beloved destinations for locals and tourists. Home to museums including the renovated California Academy of Sciences and the deYoung Museum of art, Golden Gate Park is also a recreation center with playgrounds, tennis courts, an historic carousel, the Japanese Tea Garden, and a buffalo paddock. For more information, visit http://www.golden-gate-park.com/
- San Francisco's North Beach district is known as the birthplace of the Beat Generation, and City Lights Bookstore on Columbus Avenue is a testament to that literary movement. This vibrant, historic neighborhood is home to an annual festival that features art and jazz, but every day seems like a festival in North Beach. Also known as Little Italy, North Beach restaurants honor that country with Italian pastries, pastas, and cafes. For more, go to http://www.northbeachchamber.com/
Pier 39 & Ferry Building
- Pier 39 has fun for everyone. Located on San Francisco Bay, Pier 39 is an entertainment center with shopping, dining, and attractions such as the Aquarium of the Bay, a carousel, and street entertainers such as jugglers and caricaturists. Walk south along the Embarcadero towards the San Francisco Ferry Building, where foodies will go crazy over fresh produce, meats, and wine, as well as cookbooks and sundries focused on food and gardening. Visit http://www.pier39.com/index.cfm and http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/
- The Castro District is San Francisco's GLBT enclave, located in the sunny neighborhood of Eureka Valley. Rainbow flags fly high, and there are plenty of gay-centric shops and restaurants all along Castro Street, from Market Street to 20th Street . For a wonderful experience, , catch a show at the grand, opulent cinema palace, the Castro Theatre, where an organ player entertains movie-goers up to the start of the show. Go to http://www.mycastro.com/
- San Francisco's Union Square harkens back to the days when women and men wore hats and their Sunday best to stroll and shop. Elegant boutiques stand alongside grand department stores including Nieman Marcus, Macy's, and Sak's 5th Avenue. If you have time, relax in Union Square itself, an elegant city park square, recently renovated. For more information visit http://www.unionsquareshop.com/