InterContinental San Francisco
Start your day with a 35-minute taxi ride through Golden Gate Park to Point Lobos, the city's most western district. Here, enjoy one of the best ocean views in the city at the iconic Louis' cafe. Afterwards, take a waterfront stroll through the green parkland spaces of neighboring Lands End. From the clifftops above the ruined, 19th-century former bathhouse, Sutro Baths, you can revel in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the magnetic Golden Gate Bridge.
A few blocks from Lands End, the green expanse of Golden Gate Park offers miles of trails. Within the park, the striking de Young Museum houses significant collections of American art. Its seven-story observation tower offers panoramic views of the park and surrounding cityscape. At the park's eastern end, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, synonymous with late-1960s counterculture, offers chic fashion boutiques on tree-lined streets and hip cafés where you can stop for coffee.
As evening falls, take a short walk from the hotel to catch a streetcar at the junction of Powell Street and Market Street, the city's main artery, to the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood. The lively Pier 39 offers attractions and a choice of casual seafood restaurants such as Fog Harbor Fish House and Crab House. Alternatively, the nearby North Beach district is home to family-run Italian restaurants like Da Flora and Tony's Pizza, where you can enjoy classic cuisine in relaxed surroundings.
Angel Island is the West Coast's version of Ellis Island where over 175,000 Chinese and Japanese immigrants waited for entry to the US. Now it is a tranquil retreat with bike and hiking trails, and even a few campsites. Ferries leave daily from Pier 39, or from Tiburon across the bay.
Author Dashiell Hammett wrote the book "The Maltese Falcon" and one of his haunts was John's Grill on Ellis Street. Opened in 1908, John's Grill hasn't changed their menu much; fresh steaks and local seafood. Sam Spade was very fond of the lamb chops, or so the books tell us. You can order them as well, as they are still on the menu.
"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" was written by Douglass Cross and George Cory. After you have been with us here in our beautiful city for a few days, we bet that you will lose your's here too.