San Francisco


Golden Gate BridgeSan Francisco is a beautiful, foggy city in northern California. Business travelers are lucky to visit such a great location, with some of the best restaurants in the United States and plenty to see and do when you’re away from work. As far as I can tell, the only drawback to traveling in San Francisco is the horrendous traffic and parking. But that’s the case in most large cities, especially on the West Coast.

Getting There & Around

San Francisco is mainly serviced by the San Francisco International Airport. However, the airports in San Jose and Oakland are close by and make nice alternatives to SFO. You may even get a better rate on fares to these cities.

The BART System is the train system servicing the area and can get you to and fro. Buses and trolleys also provide frequent service around the city.

Business Hotels

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Fantastic business hotels are found throughout the city of San Francisco.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Grand Hyatt San Francisco
Mandarin Oriental San Francisco
Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
Hilton Hotel Financial District

Restaurants

San Fran is chock full of fine dining and drinking establishments. I can personally recommend

Las Margaritas for tasty Mexican food. The Stinking Rose is an interesting place for garlic lovers, but make sure your date dines with you or you wont be very popular after. Chinatown is loaded with great places for a bite to eat, and a better budget option than most places in the city.

Entertainment

You’ll never have a dull moment in San Francisco if you don’t want to. You can visit Mission Dolores to see where it all began. The 49ers and the Giants make their home in San Francisco, if you like to check out the local sports. The Golden Gate Bridge is THE requisite tourist attraction in the city and one of the most stunning architectural structures in the world. The largest Chinatown outside of China is in San Francisco, and you can “tour” the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. The Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular tourist attraction, and you can take the trip to Alcatraz from there.