The City by the Bay has a little something for everyone...
From rolling hills and cable cars to a rich cultural history, San Francisco boasts a bustling arts scene, amazing feats of architecture and engineering, an exploding culinary landscape, and more. This June, you’ll be in the heart of it all when you join NAEYC at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco in the bustling downtown district south of Market Street.
Nearby, hop over to the famous Union Square, the crown jewel of San Francisco shopping districts, to shop, sip, or grab a bite to eat in the heart of downtown. Ready to eat? Visit the famous Fisherman’s Wharf to enjoy the daily fresh catch, followed by a short walk over to Ghirardelli Square, the home of the landmark three-story former chocolate factory. Looking for something with an ethnic twist? San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest such district in the country. With endless food options and colorful shops, there’s plenty of excitement to discover.
If you are looking to get out and enjoy the breezy bay air, there’s no more quintessential symbol of the Golden State than the mighty Golden Gate Bridge. This nearly mile-wide feat of modern engineering traverses the waterway connecting the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Take a stroll, rent a bicycle, or simply soak up the views from the Presidio of San Francisco, the bayfront public park and former military fort at the foot of the bridge. Venture to the eastern shore to visit Golden Gate Park, comprising over 1,000 acres of green space (that’s even larger than Central Park in New York City)!
History buff? Explore the lives of some of history’s most infamous gangsters with a tour of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay. This island fortress houses the eponymous abandoned federal prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, and early military fortifications. You can also catch some major-league excitement with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, where they’ll take on the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals, June 13-14.
Of course, the rolling hills of San Francisco’s downtown are best viewed from the seat of a historic Cable Car. The oldest manually operating streetcar system in the country navigates three lines spanning the city, and holds a coveted spot on the National Register of Historic Places.