Things To Do in the Bay Area, San Francisco
The San Remo Hotel is conveniently located along the 49-Mile Scenic Drive in a quiet historic San Francisco North Beach neighborhood.
Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 beckon to the north, only a few intersections away. A half-mile south, the lofty twin spires of Saints Peter and Paul Church are visible high above rooftops, marking Washington Square, the heart of North Beach. The Transamerica Pyramid, the city’s tallest building, and other financial district skyscrapers are framed in the distance.
Area highlights include:
Once a major fishing pier, Fisherman's Wharf has become the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, with great views of the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. The Wharf offers plenty to do, with seafood restaurants and shopping from one end to the other. Many enjoy watching the hundreds of sea lions, which have taken up residence on the docks near Pier 39. Fisherman's Wharf is also the place to get a tour boat to Alcatraz Island and Marin County.
Alcatraz 0.4 mi (to the ferry)
41 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94133 415-705-5555
Alcatraz Island is located 1.5 miles from Fisherman's Wharf. It is the site of the first lighthouse in the Western U.S., and was a penitentiary from 1934-1963. It is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and offers tours of the prison and views of the lighthouse. It is a good place to view gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and wonderful views of the bay.
Lombard Street- The Crookedest Street in the World 0.5 mi
Between Hyde and Leavenworth streets
Lombard Street runs east-west through many blocks in San Francisco, but it is famous for one block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. This block is steep and hilly, with eight tight hairpin curves. It is paved with bricks, and every curve is lined with beautiful flower gardens. There are beautiful Victorian mansions on either side of the street, making it very picturesque. This one-way section of Lombard street is a must-see for anyone visiting San Francisco.
Aquarium of the Bay 0.5 mi
The Embarcadero at Beach St, San Francisco 415/623-5333
View the underwater world of the San Francisco Bay at the Aquarium of the Bay. A moving footpath will take you through clear acrylic tunnels, where you can view sharks, stingrays, and varied marine life living in the one-million gallon aquarium.
Coit Tower - 0.7 miles
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, (415) 362-0808
The Coit Tower is a 210-foot concrete building located at the top of Telegraph Hill. It was built in 1933 as an art deco tower to beautify the city of San Francisco. Visitors can enjoy the history museum located inside and view the many murals painted in 1933 by over 30 artists depicting life during the Great Depression. From the top of the tower, there is a 360 view of San Francisco and the Bay area.
Chinatown - 0.9 miles
Chinatown offers a taste of Asian history and culture, with countless shops, delicious ethnic cuisine, open markets, museums and more. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in February.
The Marina offers access to San Francisco Bay and Marina Green, a grassy playground with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The area includes the Palace of Fine Arts and bustling Chestnut Street.
The Embarcadero - 1.8 miles
201 the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Scenic waterfront with deep-water piers, scenic promenades and ferry service. Upscale shops, dining and a farmers market also available.
Japantown (also known as Little Osaka, Funayville, or J Town) comprises about six square city blocks in San Francisco. San Francisco's Japantown is the largest and oldest such enclave in the United States.[Features Japan Center, a five-acre complex of shops, theaters, sushi bars and restaurants.
The Golden Gate Bridge 3.9 mi
Hwy 101 (Doyle Drive) and Hwy 1 (Park Presidio Blvd)
The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most recognized bridge in the world, and a well-known symbol of San Francisco. It is the second longest suspension bridge in the United States, connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County to the north. Millions of people cross the Golden Gate Bridge every year by driving, walking or biking. The graceful bridge, which spans 1-3/4 miles and reaches a height of 746 feet above the water, is one of the major attractions in San Francisco, attracting about nine million people each year.
This lovely waterfront area is a park on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula in San Francisco, within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It has been a fortified location since 1776 when the Spanish made it the military center of their expansion in the area. As part of a military reduction program, Congress voted in 1989 to end the Presidio's status as an active military installation and on October 1, 1994, it was transferred to the National Park Service, ending 219 years of military use. Residents of San Francisco and the Bay Area have a unique and stunning resource in the Presidio, a national park within the boundaries of our city. Several restaurants have opened on Presidio land, and the old military structures house both commercial and non-profit entities. The Presidio is home to wild plant and animal species, hiking trails, and waterfront habitat. The Presidio is open 24 hours, every day of the week. No fees are required to enter the park. You can access the Presidio's restaurants, trails, and businesses by car, foot or public transport. Detailed driving and transit directions and information on the free PresidiGo shuttle are all available from the Presidio Trust website.
San Francisco's largest park, Golden Gate Park covers over 1,013 acres and is 3 miles long by 1/2-mile wide, larger than New York City's Central Park. This unique park features a golf course, the Conservatory of Flowers, M.H. De Young Museum, the Japanese Tea Garden, Morrison Planetarium, the Asian Art Museum and the Strybing Arboretum.
San Francisco Zoo 11.0 mi
1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA. 94132 (415) 753-7080
The San Francisco Zoo is located between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Merced, in the southwest corner of San Francisco. Founded in 1929, the zoo covers over 125 acres and houses 950 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from all over the world. A new African Savanna exhibit opened in May of 2004, which features giraffes, zebras, antelope, and birds from Africa; and in 2002, the Lipman Family Lemur Forest opened, which features five different species of lemurs from Madagascar. There are many other exhibits, including a Children's zoo, where children and their families see and touch domestic rare breeds of goats, sheep, ponies, and horses in the Family Farm, touch small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians along the Nature Trail, and view the eagles and hawks on Hawk Hill.
South of Market (SoMa) - 2.4 miles
This district includes the Museum of the African Diaspora, the California Academy of Sciences, the Cartoon Art Museum, the California Historical Society Museum and Rincon Center.
This charming neighborhood features Victorian homes that have been transformed into boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés. Attractions include the Octagon House and the Vedanta Temple.
Beyond San Francisco
The picturesque Livermore Valley Wine Country is located less than an hour away from San Remo Hotel, and only an hour away in the other direction is theNapa Valley and Sonoma Valley wine regions. These areas offer 4- and 5-star cuisine, boutique shopping and the unforgettable beauty of California’s famed wine region.
Shopping, dining, art and entertainment make the city of San Jose a glorious destination for leisure travel. Whether you prefer golf tourneys and wine tastings or street fairs and nightclubs, San Jose is your city. For more information, visit the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau. - 50.5 miles