Destination Deep Dive: San Francisco
The 49 square miles of San Francisco are a colorful tapestry of steep hills, picturesque houses, clanging cable cars, Chinese pagodas, cosmopolitan cafés, and breathtaking views. Five continents and three centuries blend together on 43 hills, waiting to be discovered. A famous writer once declared, “Everyone should be allowed to love two cities—his own, and San Francisco.”
Discover the exotic sights, sounds, and tastes of Asia with fascinating folklore and Chinese culture. From the towering steel and concrete of San Francisco’s Financial District, pass through the historic Lion Gates and be transported into Chinatown, the “City-within-the-City.” The Chinese first settled these streets during the Gold Rush and were swiftly followed by thousands of others. Today, San Francisco’s Chinese population is one of the largest outside of Asia.
Prepare to be “sentenced” to a short-term stay in the notorious Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. From the San Francisco waterfront, take a short ferry ride across the San Francisco Bay to “The Rock.” Here, visit the cells once occupied by some of the nation’s most infamous criminals, such as Al Capone and James “Whitey” Bulger. An expertly created audio tour contains interviews with former prisoners and guards, providing fascinating insight into prison life in the middle of the Bay.
Ferry Building Food Tasting Tour
The Ferry Building Marketplace is the mecca of gourmet foods in San Francisco—an elegant showcase for some of the Bay Area’s best food artisans, featuring internationally acclaimed cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate. A guide will lead you through the wide aisles of abundant seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and preserves. Take in the sights and sounds of the marketplace while tasting a variety of artisan and local foods, providing an authentic Bay Area food experience.
Biking Across the Golden Gate Bridge
With a distance of under 10 miles and a pace designed for the energetic beginner, a cycling tour across the Golden Gate Bridge is an ideal way to experience the spectacular sights, sounds, and sensations of San Francisco. Led by experienced professional cycling guides, feel the cool breeze as you cycle through Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, Marina Green, and then pass the historic Presidio. For a stunning view, ride to the 18th-century Fort Point and over the spectacular span of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. An exhilarating downhill slope will sweep you into the alluring village of Sausalito. Returning to San Francisco via ferryboat offers a panoramic perspective of the beautiful Bay.
San Francisco City Hall
The epitome of elegance, City Hall is truly San Francisco’s most exceptional event space and is proudly called “The Crown Jewel.” As long ago as 1915, when this splendid City Hall opened, Mayor James Rolph, Jr., proclaimed, “I take pride in this building because it typifies the spirit of San Francisco. Three times she has been destroyed by fire, and each time she has risen more magnificently.” In 1999, this French Renaissance-style Beaux Art landmark rose like the mythical phoenix, following five years of seismic retro-fitting and renovation. The gilded dome, gleaming with 24-karat gold, gracefully soars 360 feet above the ground. “This building has served the people of San Francisco for more than 80 years, and I am proud that it will be here for generations to come,” proclaimed Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., at the Gala Reopening.
Ready to feel like a star? Take in an utterly unique evening at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, home of the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series Champions—the San Francisco Giants! Opened in April 2000, AT&T Park has been hailed as “America’s most beautiful ballpark.” The intimate brick stadium rises at the water’s edge along the Embarcadero and leaves a feeling of nostalgia that only the great game of baseball can evoke.
“California Spirit” Yacht
Enjoy the glittering city lights from a unique vantage point—cruising the San Francisco Bay aboard a glamorous private yacht! Completely renovated for the 2013 America’s Cup races, the “California Spirit” yacht was in high demand during the races and features state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, three spacious salons, luxurious fabrics, leather upholstery, and granite tables. This stunning, 100-foot motor yacht includes two climate-controlled, interior decks for group entertainment and dining, ensuring year-round cruising comfort without concern for weather. There are also several outside deck spaces to enjoy the Bay breeze, and spy a beautiful setting sun over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Interested in the unique sights and scenery of San Francisco? Contact your local Account Executive or Hello! California (Northern) to begin planning your next experience.