San Francisco Area Guide
We look forward to welcoming you to San Francisco, one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world. When you stay at the Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport hotel, you're within reach of downtown San Francisco, Silicon Valley, breathtaking redwood trees in Muir Woods, wine tasting in Napa Valley and much more. Whether you're visiting on business or a family vacation, we invite you to explore all that San Francisco has to offer. Plan for a visit to the Exploratorium with the kids, head out with friends to Yoshi's Jazz Club or relax after a week of meetings with a stroll through Golden Gate Park. With mild Winters and cool Summers, any time of year is a good time to visit The City by the Bay!
Travel smarter by purchasing discount tickets for BART, sight-seeing tours and many attractions. Discount tickets, including the San Francisco CityPASS, can be purchased through the Discount Attraction Tickets button below.
BART - The Best Way To Explore San Francisco
We provide a complimentary shuttle to the SFO BART Station, whisking you quickly to downtown San Francisco. View more information about our complimentary shuttle, discounted BART tickets and station information on our Shuttle Service page.
Top 10 San Francisco Attractions
Golden Gate Bridge
The most famous bridge in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-see during your San Francisco vacation! Spanning 1.7 miles, it's accessible to cars, bikes and pedestrians.
Alcatraz Island not only features the infamous federal penitentiary, but also is the site of the first lighthouse, the first US built fort on the West Coast and more. Among the history is also beautiful gardens, tide pools, bird colonies and unbeatable Bay views.
Fisherman's Wharf & Pier 39
Fisherman's Wharf is the ultimate San Francisco experience. Enjoy fresh clam chowder in a famous sourdough bread bowl, see the sea lions at Pier 39 and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
Better known as the "crookedest" street in the world (although it's not), Lombard Street was created in 1922 with eight hairpin turns. Insider tip: the best photo opportunity is at the bottom of the street looking up!
Sitting at the top of Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower has been an icon in San Francisco's skyline since 1933. Visit the observation deck for unbeatable 360-degree views of the city and the bay.
San Francisco Cable Cars
The famous San Francisco Cable Cars are the world's last manually-operated cable car system. Running since the late 19th century, no San Francisco trip is complete without a tour on the cable cars!
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
Part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Legion of Honor features an impressive collection spanning 4,000 years of art. Peruse works by Monet, Picasso and Rodan among both ancient and modern pieces.
Named for it's location at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury, "The Haight" is an eclectic neighborhood showcasing it's hippie-bohemian past. Formerly the stomping grounds of musicians such as Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, the psychadelic history still lives on in the shops and boutiques in this neighborhood.
San Francisco Chinatown
San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Enjoy unique shops and delicious restaurants as you stroll through the bustling streets of Chinatown.
The open-air home of the San Francisco Giants boasts sweeping Bay views, an 80-foot Coca-Cola bottle, a giant baseball mitt and a nine-foot statue of legendary player Willie Mays. There is plenty to do and see while catching a game at AT&T Park!
The San Francisco Bay Area is a sport lover's paradise as the home to many championship sports teams. Catch a San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park or watch the Golden State Warriors heat up the basketball court in Oakland. With a diversity of natural settings, from coastal to mountain and forest to bayside and urban, the San Francisco Bay Area is also home to beautiful parks, scenic trails, marine reserves, bayside recreational areas, state parks and wildlife areas that will inspire your sense of adventure.
Area Dining & Nightlife
Just beyond the energy and bright lights of San Francisco, the beautiful City of Burlingame, California, offers a collection of some of the most wonderful restaurants, dining experiences and nightlife in the area. The South San Francisco Bay Area features many wonderful neighborhoods and cities with an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters, music venues and casinos.
Museums in the San Francisco Bay Area
Explore the fantastic museums of the San Francisco Bay Area. The wonderful cities of Burlingame, San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Clara and San Francisco are home to many impressive and majestic Bay Area museums that celebrate art, technology, history, discovery, science and nature. Discover masterpieces of art from Henri Matisse to Andy Warhol.
Bay Area Universities and Colleges
With breathtaking coastal scenery, vibrant cities and neighborhoods and stimulating cultural activities, the San Francisco Bay Area is the perfect destination when visiting California's most prestigious and beautiful universities. The Bay Area is home to academic icons like Stanford University, and University of California Berkeley, and the Academy of Art University - the largest design school in the country.
Explore San Francisco, California
From the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge to the mystery of Alcatraz, San Francisco is an intoxicating destination. This treasured City on the Bay is a cultural tapestry of exciting attractions, museums, theaters, art galleries, entertainment, shopping, restaurants, nightclubs, festivals and striking coastal panoramas. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Bay, San Francisco is a breathtaking urban playground that will inspire your soul and enlighten your spirit!
There are so many fun things to do with kids in the San Francisco Bay Area that they should call it the SF play area! From the pulse-pounding super coasters at Paramount's Great America, to wild animals at the San Francisco Zoo, to the hands-on exhibits of science, art, and nature at the Exploratorium, families can enjoy the wonders of imagination through fun interactive attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Beyond the San Francisco Bay Area
Venture beyond the San Francisco Bay Area to mountains, beaches, wineries, parks and boardwalks. Whether you drive north, south or west, vacationers will discover breathtaking destinations like Monterey, Half Moon Bay, Napa Valley Wine Country, Sonoma and Santa Cruz.