InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
Step out of your room and into the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. Start your day by venturing to the Ferry Building, an artisan marketplace housed in a historic building. Browse the various shops as you sip delicious coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee and indulge in delectable pastries. For an exciting day trip, wine enthusiasts can head to Napa Valley or Sonoma to delight in the region's finest varietals. Arrange a wine tasting at one of the many renowned wineries and tour magnificent vineyards. If you decide to stay in the city, there are myriad things to do in San Francisco. Take a stroll through Golden Gate Park and visit the California Academy of Sciences, or explore the exquisite exhibits at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. After, enjoy a cup of tea at the Japanese Tea Garden and admire beautifully landscaped gardens.
In the afternoon, make your way to Union Square where you will be able to shop at a wide range of large fashion retailers and local boutiques or go ice skating in the heart of the square surrounded by towering buildings. Even if you are not much of a shopper, don't miss the dazzling rotunda adorned with a beautiful stained glass dome at Neiman Marcus. Afterward, explore the charming streets and alleyways of Chinatown, the oldest Chinese enclave in North America— and the largest one outside of Asia. Indulge in traditional Chinese cuisine at one of the many restaurants. Once you've experienced all the things to do near Union Square, head to Fisherman's Wharf and set sail on a scenic tour, pay a visit to the famous sea lions at Pier 39, or enjoy an ice cream at Ghirardelli Square as you marvel at the splendid bay views.
To round out your day in the City by the Bay, sports fans can catch a Golden State Warriors game at Chase Center. If you prefer live entertainment, the Chase Center also features concerts and comedy shows throughout the year. For a thrilling evening, experience the famous Alcatraz Island Night Tour. Nicknamed "The Rock," Alcatraz Island was once a fully functioning federal prison that was home to notorious inmates including Al Capone. Hear interesting stories about the prison's origins and attempted escapes before going on a guided tour of the cell blocks and the prison grounds. If you are in visiting the City by the Bay during the holiday season, make sure to get tickets to the San Francisco Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker at the beautiful War Memorial Opera House. Once you've worked up an appetite for dinner, consider visiting Little Italy for freshly made pizzas and pasta. This historic neighborhood is home to some of the city's best Italian restaurants and is filled with enchanting and brightly colored buildings.
Crookedest Street in the World
Lombard Street is known as the “Crookedest Street in the World” and is one of San Francisco's most popular landmarks. Millions of visitors walk or drive down its eight hairpin turns every year as they admire the breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, or Coit Tower. However, Lombard Street is not even the "crookedest' street in San Francisco. That honor belongs to Vermont Street, which is located between 20th and 22nd streets on Potrero Hill.
Golden Gate Bridge Color
Recognized throughout the world, the Golden Gate Bridge is a San Francisco icon. While it is known for its distinctive color, which blends beautifully with the nearby hills and contrasts with the ocean and sky, the bridge was originally meant to be painted blue with yellow stripes to increase visibility. When the steel arrived in San Francisco during construction primed in a burnt red hue, the consulting architect Irving F. Morrow decided the color was both highly visible and more pleasing to the eye. "International Orange" has been the color of the Golden Gate Bridge ever since.
San Francisco's Victorian and Modern Architecture
Rebuilt almost in its entirety after the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire, San Francisco is known for its eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture. While you're out exploring the city, be sure to admire the unique combination of sleek skyscrapers, historic townhomes, and beautiful museums. From the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square to the Palace of Fine Arts to City Hall you'll notice historically rich and structurally important sites.