San Francisco Attractions
While there are plenty places to visit within walking distance of the Pickwick Hotel, San Francisco offers countless other attractions to behold throughout the thriving city and our Union Square Hotel places its guests within easy access of all of them. San Francisco is home to cultural hubs like Chinatown, Nob Hill, and the Yerba Buena Gardens as well as historical landmarks like Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Park, and the Coit Tower. San Francisco also boasts beautiful natural attractions the Muir Woods. Though Union Square is extremely popular, there are other great places to shop and find entertainment in San Francisco like Haight Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Financial District. If you want to catch an amazing orchestral performance or play, then visit the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House & Performing Arts Center. Guests at the Pickwick Hotel who want to experience what the rest of San Francisco has to offer should pick their destination, hop on one of the various forms of public transportation, and enjoy a fun-filled day in the City by the Bay!
Alcatraz Island is rich in history and full of cultural significance. The first lighthouse and U.S. Fort on the West Coast also housed one of the most infamous prisons in the world which is now closed to the public. There are also plenty of tales of ghosts and hauntings on the island. Take a short cruise to Alcatraz to take a tour of the historical landmark and view all of the amazing exhibits at the Island’s museum.
San Francisco has a large Asian population. Immerse yourself in the culture when you visit the city’s bustling Chinatown District. Featuring dining, shopping, and entertainment options with a strong Asian influence, it’s nearly impossible to experience the best of Chinatown in just a few days. Chinatown hosts amazing special events every month and is home to some of the most beautiful Asian-influenced architecture in San Francisco.
First built in 1933, Coit Tower has become an iconic symbol of San Francisco that is admired by both visitors and locals. The white concrete tower on Telegraph Hill has an observation deck that provides guests with a 360 degree view of San Francisco. There are also beautiful murals painted on the inside of the base of the tower. If you’re planning to visit Coit Tower be sure to have your camera ready so you can snap a flick of the beautiful San Francisco sky line.
If you came to San Francisco to experience the “Big City” lifestyle then take a trip to the Financial District. It’s in this area of the city where you’ll see businessmen as they speed walk to work in their suits, talented street performers, and highrising skyscrapers. There are also numerous places to shop and enjoy a delicious meal in Financial District.
One of San Francisco’s greatest attributes is it’s location near the bay. If you want to experience life by the coast then take a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf where you can partake in the nautical lifestyle. With so many great fish markets, there are numerous places to enjoy amazing seafood with Asian, Italian, and American flair. See everything Fisherman’s Wharf has to offer with exciting land, sea, and air tours. There are also a variety of entertainment options like the Aquarium of the Bay, Madame Tussaud’s San Francisco Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Visitors can also take a picture of the popular Wharf regulars: the sea lions that love to lounge on the docks. If you’re in San Francisco, plan a visit to the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf.
Golden Gate Park is the 1,017 acre recreational park in San Francisco. At Golden Gate Park,you can take Segway Tours, visit the Golden Gate Park Aquarium, visit one of the museums, or take the kids to one of the magnificent playgrounds. The Park also boasts a nature aspect including numerous lakes and gardens to relax in. You even have a chance of encountering Buffalo in the Golden Gate Park! If you want to relax in the beautiful San Francisco outdoors or partake in some active recreation, Golden Gate Park is the place to visit!
There are so many great places to shop and find entertainment in San Francisco. The Haight Street shopping district is one of those places. Whether you’re looking for your next great outfit or you want to enjoy a good meal, there’s a place for you on Haight Street. Visitors can catch a live show at Amoeba Music or rent skates to cruise around San Francisco on wheels. Find everything you need on Haight Street.
If you’re someone who likes to be off the grid, then get lost in the Muir Woods National Monument. Preserved for your enjoyment, visitors in the Muir Woods can experience the elegance of the rare Redwood Trees, go hiking, take a shuttle tour of the forest, or pitch a tent and enjoy a family camping experience. Become one with nature and spend some time in one of the few surviving Redwood forests.
Nob Hill is San Francisco’s most affluent neighborhood. Positioned on one of San Francisco’s 44 great hills, Nob Hill is home to many of the city’s upper class citizens. There are various parks throughout the neighborhood for visitors and citizens to relax, play, or enjoy a picnic. Have your camera ready to take pictures of all the amazing viewpoints on the hill. Visitors can also enjoy a classy meal, unwind at a spa, or take to the streets and enjoy the lavish nightlife of Nob Hill.
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. PIER 39—the most visited destination in San Francisco—offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront, PIER 39’s location provides the picture perfect backdrop for postcard views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, Alcatraz, Angel Island and the famous City skyline. Be treated to an unforgettable San Francisco experience and learn why a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.
At the War Memorial Opera House & Performing Arts Center, visitors can bless their ears to the melodies of classical music, jazz, and opera. The Opera House is also home to the San Francisco Ballet, the SF Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony. Featuring four performance arts halls, there is always a great show playing. Check the calendar of events and treat yourself to beautiful music and amazing performances at the War Memorial Opera House & Performing Arts Center.
The Yerba Buena Gardens are iconic San Francisco Parks the cover two blocks in the heart of Downtown San Diego. The Yerba Buena Gardens are praised by travelers and locals for their beauty and strong cultural influence. When you visit the Gardens, expect to see public art by some of San Francisco’s talented artists, world-class music and dance performances, museums and cultural centers, and beautiful architecture and landscaping. Kids can have a blast on the Yerba Buena Carousel and the YBG Ice Skating & Bowling Center. Purchase fresh food and produce at the Yerba Buena Gardens Farmer’s Market.