Things to Do in San Francisco
Lingering foggy mists. Vivid sinking sunsets. Shiny barking seals. Breathtaking 360-degree views. We could go on. We never tire of describing the City by the Bay, and you’ll never tire of visiting. When you stay at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, there’s no reason to. Too many landmarks, restaurants, and activities are steps away - you'll never run out of things to do in San Francisco. Your San Fran getaway starts here, and you’ll never want it to end.
Centered between Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, and Pacific Heights, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway guest rooms begin on the 6th floor, ensuring you’re either astounded by the ideal view of the bay or energized by the bright lights as you overlook the city. You have traffic-free foot access to over 100 restaurants and you’re surrounded by all the best the Golden City has to offer!
Polk Street - it’s where you go to let off steam and bar-hop with your pals. It’s also where you’ll find a world-class meal that represents the style and spirit of San Francisco. At Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, we’re only a block away from some of the best pizza, oysters, and draft beers in the whole city. Check out our insider list of local eateries, lounges, and dance clubs just steps away on Polk Street.
If riding a San Francisco cable car is on your bucket list, prepare to check that box. Cable cars stop right outside our doors! There is no better way to get your fill of city views than on one of the iconic attractions itself - up and down the rolling hills, breezing past the Ghirardelli Factory and Lombard Street. Make sure you bring your camera! And of course, $5.00 for your ticket.
Did you know Alcatraz is a U.S. National Park? And of course, it used to be one of the world's most formidable federal prisons, home to criminals like Al Capone for a portion of his sentence. Book a ferry ticket to Alcatraz and learn about the 1,500 prisoners detained there over the course of 30 years of American history. But make sure to schedule your trip in advance - it’s not unusual for Alcatraz tours to sell out fast.
Plan your day in prison by following our helpful insider guide.
You haven’t truly seen San Francisco unless you’ve spent time in the historic waterfront district known as Fisherman’s Wharf. Shopping, dining, outdoor festivals, live music, art galleries, and a carousel for the kids - the bustle doesn’t stop. Rent a bike, go to a wine tasting, visit a wax museum…the list goes on. Take a look at our Fisherman's Wharf Guide and set your day’s itinerary based on the must-see sights we’ve curated just for you!
Nob Hill Historic Attractions
Discover the rich history of San Francisco in the Nob Hill neighborhood. Once the domain of San Francisco's elite, Nob Hill still remains one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in. Don't miss out on classic tourist attractions like Grace Cathedral Church or the Cable Car Museum. Get special insight into this amazing San Francisco neighborhood by taking a walking tour of Nob Hill. If a guided tour isn't your thing, you'll still find walking the streets of Nob Hill to be inspiring.
Nob Hill Shopping and Dining
Nob Hill is not just for the history buff. This affluent San Francisco neighborhood is also an amazing place for two of America's favorite pastimes: shopping and dining. Everyone has their favorite type of stores, but we suggest visiting ReLove, a vintage and second-hand store, Terrasol, a shop filled with lovingly handmade items like soaps and candles, and Picnic, a store selling clothing and other eclectic gifts. The dining options in Nob Hill are incredible and we are confident you will find your new favorite among the many restaurant options.
Golden Gate Park
If you’d love to see some greenery, you don’t have to venture outside the city limits. Just take a stroll over to Golden Gate Park! Covering over 1,000 acres, you can rent a paddleboat on Stow Lake, visit the De Young Museum, or simply immerse yourself in nature at the fifth-most frequented city park in the U.S. Coming from Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, you’re just over two miles from the east end of the park, where you’ll find the Conservatory of Flowers. This Victorian-era greenhouse is home to over 2,000 different species of plants. The Koret Children’s Quarter Playground is another favorite destination for families, with plenty of play structures as well as a carousel to ride.
AT&T Park arguably features the best view in all of baseball. Come for the game; stay for the energetic atmosphere and jaw-dropping views of the bay at dusk. Sailboats, seagulls, and city lights are the perfect backdrop for America’s pastime. There are plenty of phenomenal bars and restaurants near AT&T Park for pregaming or post-game revelries too! Whether the Giants win or lose, you’ll love being in San Francisco "when the lights go down in the city."