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Things to Do in San Francisco

“San Francisco has only one drawback: ‘tis hard to leave.” - Rudyard Kipling

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

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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.

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Cable Cars

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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.

Local’s Guide

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Our Holiday Inn Golden Gateway staff has local tips to help personalize your vacation. No two visitors are alike. Luckily, San Francisco has plenty of options for everyone! We get to know your interests, then we make the best recommendations for activities for your stay. Stay tuned for our San Francisco local’s guide for our first set of tips - but in the meantime, stop by the front desk for great local information!

San Francisco for Dog Owners

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One of the top things to know about our hotel is that we love your four-legged furry friend almost as much as you do. That’s right - we’re dog friendly. You can stay downtown and still take your pet along for the trip. But your pup doesn’t want to stay in the hotel all day. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide for pet owners who want to experience the Golden City with their dog at their side. From parks to restaurants, there are plenty of places that welcome both humans and canines.


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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.

Fisherman’s Wharf

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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!

Golden Gate Park

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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 paddle boat 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

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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."

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