Happening Hubs: What Not to Miss in San Francisco

In today’s mobile workplace, deal making and hand shaking may take you all over the world. So what’s happening in travel hubs between business meetings and convention sessions? From major metropolises to unsung cities, we’ve got some advice for what to do – and what to miss – on your next business trip in some of the U.S.'s "happening hubs".

If you’ve ever been to the City by the Bay, it’s easy to understand why so many people say “I left my heart in San Francisco.” Each year, thousands of travelers make their way to the home of the 2012 World Series Champions and leave amazed at all the diversity the city has to offer.

Whether it’s your first or tenth time visiting, here are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your business trip.

 

For first-timers

 

If it’s your first time visiting San Francisco, a trip here wouldn’t be complete without seeing the classics.

Head to Union Square, where you can easily find any shop you’d ever need. Shop ‘til you drop and when your wallet needs a rest, hop on a cable car going towards Fisherman’s Wharf. On your ride up, you’ll pass by San Francisco's most crooked street, Lombard Street. If you want to stop for a photo opp, you can hop off the trolley and get on the next car that comes along or walk the rest of the way to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy the various street performers along the main drag. Beware of the Bush Man though, who makes a living scaring unsuspecting tourists! From here, you can take a short ferry ride to visit Alcatraz. Blue & Gold Fleet operates ferries to the famous abandoned prison, as well as relaxing cruises around the Bay, and the high-speed RocketBoat for thrill seekers.

If the weather is good and you’re feeling adventurous, you can also rent bikes from Fisherman’s Wharf at Blazing Saddles and ride all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

Make your way to Golden Gate Park

 

If you like nature and museums, Golden Gate Park is a great one-stop shop. Make your way to the park and check out the impressive world art collections that consistently come to the DeYoung Museum and the albino alligator that lives at the California Academy of Sciences.

While you’re there, don’t forget to look for hidden gems like the Japanese Tea Garden. There’s even an archery range, windmills and bison!

 

A foodie’s paradise

 

If you’d rather bypass the sightseeing and head straight to the food, you’re in luck. San Francisco is a foodie’s paradise. Whether you want to experience a world-class restaurant or the latest, hippest food truck, San Francisco won’t fail to delight your culinary palette.

For a fine dining experience, you won’t be disappointed with the Greek fare at Kokkari, ceviche at La Mar Cebicheria or fancy fried chicken at Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern.

Looking to grab a bite on-the-go? You’ll find food trucks galore – you can follow them on Twitter or find several congregated at Off the Grid events or at the SOMA StrEAT Food Park.

If you’re having trouble deciding what to eat, San Francisco’s 7x7 Magazine provides a “Big Eat” list to give you some ideas.

 

Transportation tips

 

With only a few extra hours, taking a taxi will help you make the best use of your time. Flagging a cab here though, isn’t as easy as New York. Luckily, there are services such as Uber and Taxi Magic, where you can order a cab right from your smartphone.

If you have more time and want a more local experience, you can hop on the Muni. A one-way fare is $2. It’s cash only, so make sure you have exact change.

 

Packing advice

 

Lastly, remember to pack some comfortable walking shoes as some San Francisco’s best spots are better reached on foot; as well as many layers of clothing as weather here can easily fluctuate.

I hope you enjoy your stay in San Francisco and if there’s anything that I’m missing, please share them in the comments box below!

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