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Your Travel Guide to Some of the Best San Francisco Tourist Attractions

San Francisco is a beautiful city with so many sights and sounds that it can be difficult to know where to start. Within just a few miles, there is an array of San Francisco tourist attractions near the Holiday Inn Golden Gatewayfrom cable cars to ride, ballgames to attend, and historic neighborhoods to visit. Whether you’re traveling with the family or on a couple’s getaway, our San Francisco travel guide will give everyone something to smile about. The Holiday Inn is truly your gateway to all things San Francisco!

If you have any questions about our San Francisco tourist attractions, just ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff of the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel. We’ll help you map out your time in our amazing city.  You just need to ask!

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Local Sports Attractions

Home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park is considered one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country. Located on McCovey Cove, just 3 miles from the Holiday Inn, this ballpark is a testament to one of the MLB’s oldest teams. Or, visit the brand-new Levi’s Stadium, home to the San Francisco 49ers! This new football stadium is 40 miles from the city and connects to Caltrain for direct access to and from San Francisco.

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Museums & Culture

For those looking for more cultural attractions in San Francisco – from art museums to beautiful outdoor gardens – the city offers some of the best places to visit. Explore the Walt Disney Family Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Yerba Buena Gardens, and so much more.

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Family Fun

If you’re traveling to the city with the little ones, you’ll find plenty of family attractions in San Francisco. Challenge your kids’ imagination with the 7D Experience, or visit our famous Aquarium of the Bay to learn about our ocean and its creatures. On the outskirts of the city, Holiday Inn® guests can also visit the San Francisco Zoo, just 7 miles southwest from the Hotel.

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Famous Districts

The many neighborhoods that make up San Francisco are also popular tourist attractions. See the LGTB Castro District, located in the sunny neighborhood of Eureka Valley, where rainbow flags fly high and gay-centric shops and restaurants are a plenty. To relive the days when women and men wore their Sunday best, stroll and shop at Union Square, offering elegant boutiques and grand department stores like Nieman Marcus, Macy’s, and Sak’s 5th Avenue. For a more cultural experience, Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s top tourist attractions, where you’ll find plenty of Chinese restaurants to try and souvenirs to take home, such as silk embroidered pajamas, chopsticks, and fortune cookies.

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Pier 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf

Pier 39 offers fun for everyone! Located on the 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 west and you’ll discover the Fisherman’s Wharf, where you’ll find the city’s freshest seafood at world-class restaurants.

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Alcatraz Island

Located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island was a famous federal prison from 1933 to 1963. Known as “The Rock”, you won’t want to miss one of the best San Francisco tours – Alcatraz Island. It was the home of A-list criminals including “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, Harlem Mafioso and “Bumpy” Johnson, and Morton Sobell, the military contractor found guilty of Soviet espionage along with Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Alcatraz Tours are available throughout the day, and we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33 near the Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Parks & Beaches

San Francisco is home to many beautiful parks and beaches. Stretching over 1,000 acres, Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s most beloved parks and features several museums, including the newly-renovated California Academy of Sciences and the deYoung Museum of art. It’s also a recreation center with playgrounds, tennis courts, an historic carousel, the Japanese Tea Garden, and a buffalo paddock. More northeast, experience the vibrant neighborhood of North Beach, home to the annual art and jazz festival. Also known as Little Italy, guests can savor Italian pastries, pastas, and cafes in many North Beach restaurants.

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More Scenic Sights

San Francisco truly offers some of the most unique tourist attractions. Located at the top of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill, visit our famous Coit Tower, an art deco column rising into the sky where you’ll enjoy amazing city views. Or, venture to Lombard Street, famous for its steep 1-block section that consists of 8 sharp turns. Guests can walk down the street or even drive their car!

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Shopping

Did someone say San Francisco shopping?! From vintage shopping in Haight-Ashbury to the chocolate and walking tours of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco offers many different neighborhoods with plenty of shopping. Whether you prefer boutique stores or high-fashion department stores, the city has something for everyone!

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Local Universities

Whether you’re visiting a student or touring a college yourself, the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway is close to several San Francisco universities. We’re conveniently located near UC Hastings Law School, as well as the Academy of the Arts. Other colleges in the city include the University of California San Francisco, University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, Wharton School, and California State University San Francisco.

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Cable Cars

If you’re looking for hotels near the cable cars in San Francisco, the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway is literally just steps from California Street, where cable cars offer easy access the all the sites and sounds of San Francisco. The California Street cable car stops at California Sreet & Van Ness Avenue – just one block from the Holiday Inn Hotel.

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Upcoming Events

In San Francisco, there’s always an event happening in the city. From Beta Breakers to Outside Lands to the Nike Women’s Marathon in October, the city sparkles with events, festivals, and celebrations. Browse through our upcoming events in San Francisco and plan your next visit with us!

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1500 Van Ness Avenue,
San Fransisco, CA 94109

(415) 441-4000