Get to know the many attractions that make San Francisco a world-class city, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the North Beach and Chinatown neighborhoods, plus San Francisco's famed Cable Cars and Alcatraz Island.
Union Square is where it all happens in San Francisco. Visit Union Square to peruse some of the world's most exclusive shopping boutiques including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès, Marc Jacobs and Gucci. Or alternatively do some decadent department store shopping at Gump's and Neiman Marcus. Then cap off a fantastic day of retail therapy with a show, since the area is also renowned for Broadway theatres and entertainment.
One of the most famous show venues in Union Square is the San Francisco American Conservatory Theatre, which has been a legend on the theatre scene since the 1960s. This superb theatre specializes in both cutting-edge dramatic presentations and classic plays, often staged by famed visiting directors. Other top theatres in San Francisco's Union Square include the San Francisco Playhouse, the Curran Theatre and the Golden Gate Theatre.
At Fisherman's Wharf you can let your imagination run away with you! Experience what sailing was like in the days of yore on the Hyde Street Pier, or hop on a cable car that has been carrying San Francisco passengers for over 100 years. Fun at the Wharf also includes exploring Ghiradelli Square, the Aquarium of the Bay, Angel Island, taking a San Francisco Bay cruise and much, much more!
It's no wonder that Fisherman's Wharf is one San Francisco's most popular attractions; those looking to get active can rent a bike to take you up and down our famous hills, or for a more relaxing activity try a spot of fishing on the Bay. Visitors to the city can also learn about San Francisco's history by visiting the Maritime Museum - where you'll find a host of interesting exhibits and seafaring artefacts on display - or going down into the depths of the USS Pampanito, an original WWII submarine. Then why not complete your trip back in time with the turn of the century games on show at the Amusing Americas Exhibit on Pier 45?
San Francisco's history is inextricably tied up with that of the world-famous Alcatraz. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the ‘Rock'. Infamous inmates like Al ‘Scarface' Capone and the ‘Birdman' Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety and make it the popular tourist attraction it is today.
Besides its prison-related past this remarkable island is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings can also be found on Alcatraz, providing insight into the 19th Century, when the island served as both a harbour defence fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement. To find out more about visiting this famous island take a look at the Alcatraz Cruises website.
The perfect hotel for exploring San Francisco -
Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, two blocks from Union Square and a short walk to Moscone Convention Centre, the Warwick Hotel in San Francisco offers sophisticated European style and a world of luxurious comforts.
Guests of the Warwick can enjoy a wide array of boutique hotel amenities in San Francisco, including luxury guest rooms and suites boasting 24-hour room service, elegant meeting facilities, multilingual staff, daily housekeeping, an overnight shoeshine service, an off-site fitness centre and valet parking.
We also serve a courtesy afternoon tea, coffee and cookies in the lobby area, which are available to all guests of the Warwick San Francisco Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there!