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Travel Guide: Experience San Francisco

Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Amy Martin 1 Comment


Looking to experience San Francisco? Whether it’s your first time visiting the city or you are a seasoned traveler, check out our suggestions below for hotel accommodations, dining picks, and sightseeing activities.san francisco travel guide

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Where to Stay: The Huntington Hotel on Nob Hill

Located at the top of Nob Hill, the Huntington Hotel overlooks the beautiful Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park and offers guests a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s vintage charm and rich history dating back to the 1920s make this hotel an unforgettable choice for your stay. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and have a unique feel of their own.

Read more about The Huntington Hotel here.

Where to Brunch: 1300 on Fillmore offers Southern-style food with a jazzy flair

If you love Southern-food and jazz music, head to 1300 on Fillmore for their Sunday Gospel Brunch. Offering some of the best food of the city in space that celebrates music and jazz heritage, their Sunday brunch dishes are coupled with gospel-inspired live entertainment on Sunday mornings.

Read more about 1300 on Fillmore’s Gospel Sunday Brunch here.

Dining with a Bay view: Fog Harbor Fish House offers sustainable seafood with a view of the Bay

Fisherman’s Wharf’s first sustainable seafood restaurant and the Wharf’s first “San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance Partner” restaurant, Fog Harbor Fish House offers a menu that features 100% sustainable seafood. With dishes like wild caught salmon, Dungeness crab, pacific cod and other delectable from the sea, they serve over 220,000 visitors every year.

Read more about Fog Harbor Fish House here.

Dining on the Wharf: The Franciscan Crab Restaurant features views of the Wharf’s famous sites with a seafood feast

Just a short stroll down Fisherman’s Wharf sits one of San Francisco’s iconic seafood restaurants and a bit of Fifties charm, The Franciscan Crab Restaurant. Enjoy a seafood feast while gazing out the restaurant’s 20 foot windows at San Francisco’s greatest sites on the water.

Read more about The Franciscan Crab Restaurant here.

Dining for garlic-lovers: The Stinking Rose serves up dishes for garlic-enthusiastic guests

Garlic lovers have their own little ‘mecca’ in San Francisco at what is known as The Stinking Rose. With two locations (one here North Beach and the other in Beverly Hills), the restaurant offers a garlic feast with dishes utilizing the ‘stinky’ rose-shaped food.

Read more about The Stinking Rose here.

Things to Do: PIER 39 offers activities for the whole family

PIER 39 located at Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most popular destinations for first-time tourists in San Francisco. With plenty of options for dining, shopping, sightseeing and activities that are both adult and kid-friendly, there is something here to entertain everyone.

Read more about PIER 39 here.

Things to Do: Save money by exploring the Wharf with WharfPass

WharfPass offers a frugal option for tourists wanting to cover a lot of ground on their stay as it offers passes to many of the Wharf’s main attractions and tours at a discounted price. Your WharfPass will grant you access to six different attractions with multiple options per category. Try a Sightseeing Tour, a Bay Cruise and several popular attractions like the Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum.
Read more about WharfPass here.

Things to Do: Get your sightseeing in with a Segway Tour

The Electric Tour Company offers Segway Tours for San Francisco visitors looking to check out the city’s best sights and attractions. Try the Wharf and Waterfront tour for spectacular views of the Bay while you visit all the hot-spots.

Learn more about The Electric Tour Company here.

About the Author - Amy Martin

Author of Her Plate, Amy's love of food, cooking and all things culinary keeps her endlessly plotting what her next meal will be. Her pastimes include creating in (i.e. demolishing) her own kitchen and baking far more sweets than her tiny family could ever eat.

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  1. Raquel Liverman says:

    Great blog! Sorry to get off subject, but since Nashville is getting a lot of press lately, I’d like to find a great sushi restaurant or Japanese restaurant in Nashville TN. Have you heard of any good ones? There’s a new one called Nomzilla Sushi Et Cetera, but very few reviews. Here’s the address of this new Nashville Sushi Restaurant, 1201 Villa Place #101 Nashville, TN 37212 – (615) 268-1424. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

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