Explore San Francisco in all its glory from the convenience of our downtown San Francisco location. The Palace Hotel is conveniently located near the top things to do in San Francisco. Just minutes away from our lobby you'll find such iconic San Francisco attractions as Union Square, the Embarcadero Ferry Building, Chinatown, cable cars, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and much more!
Union Square San Francisco
The Palace Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Here you'll find hundreds of shops and restaurants, as well as performing arts theatres, clubs and lounges, and the actual Union Square where San Francisco locals and visitors from around the world gather in the open air for special events and seasonal attractions.
Located two blocks from Union Square in downtown San Francisco, Westfield San Francisco Centre offers a premier shopping experience. The shopping mall features over 170 stores and boutiques, including the nation's second largest Nordstrom and the largest Bloomingdale's on the West Coast. Westfield San Francisco Centre also offers dining and a multi-screen cinema.
The Palace Hotel is located in San Francisco's Financial District and is the central area for major business operations in San Francisco. Sometimes referred to as the West Coast Wall Street, the San Francisco Financial District is home to major international companies, financial institutions, law firms, and is the corporate headquarters for such companies as Gap, VISA, and Wells Fargo. The 12th District United States Federal Reserve is also located here.
Experience a thrilling ride aboard a San Francisco cable car. An official historic landmark, San Francisco cable cars offer a nostalgic glimpse into life in the City by the Bay. Cable car stops are located throughout San Francisco. Enjoy a scenic tour along the main Powel Street route that starts at Market Street near Union Square and ends at Fisherman's Wharf. Single and multi-use ride passes are available.
Fisherman's Wharf is one of the top San Francisco tourist attractions. Not only is Fisherman's Wharf rich in history, but it offers dozens of fun things to do in San Francisco, including souvenir shopping at Pier 39, nightlife, Ghirardelli Square, Aquarium of the Bay, or stroll the promenade with a famous San Francisco sourdough bread bowl of steaming clam chowder.
A visit to the gateway to San Francisco - the Golden Gate Bridge - is an absolute must for any visitor to San Francisco. Whether you admire the towering structure from a bayside vantage point or brave the elements and walk or bike the 1.7-mile span of the bridge, you'll be treated to spectacular views of this world-recognized San Francisco attraction.
Alcatraz Island, most famous for its infamous high-security federal penitentiary, is one of the top things to do in San Francisco for visitors. Tours of the prison are offered through the National Parks Service, while outside offers great viewing opportunities for bird watchers and nature lovers. Access to Alcatraz Island is by private ferry only and advance reservations are highly recommended.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Please note: SFMOMA is closed for expansion until early 2016)
Explore the worlds of modern and contemporary art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in downtown San Francisco. The museum houses a permanent collection of more than 25,000 pieces representing photography, sculpture, media arts, painting, and architecture and design. Known throughout San Francisco as MOMA, the museum also features a regular schedule of traveling exhibits, lectures, presentations and public events. MOMA is closed on Wednesday.
A decades-long San Francisco tradition, Beach Blanket Babylon is also the longest running musical revue in the history of theatre productions. Beach Blanket Babylon performs year-round at Club Fugazi in the North Beach district. The show is a parody of current events marked by a cast in outrageous costumes.
Located in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is affiliated with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The de Young offers an extensive collection of impressive works with a heavy concentration in American art. The museum attracts renowned traveling exhibitions, many of which make the de Young their only stop on a competitive tour schedule. In addition to artwork, the de Young Museum is celebrated for its architecture and design. The de Young has been an important fixture in the San Francisco art scene for over 100 years.
Cheer for San Francisco's home team, the San Francisco Giants, as they round the bases at AT&T Park, the sports venue made famous by its bayside location where homerun balls sometimes end up flying out of the park and into San Francisco Bay. In addition to its roster of exciting Major League Baseball games, AT&T Park is the premier San Francisco venue for major concerts and special events. A variety of ballpark tours are available year-round, excluding game days.
Browse the aisles of artisan foods and locally produced gourmet products at the Ferry Building Marketplace in the Embarcadero. The Marketplace also features restaurants and eateries that showcase chefs' creative use of sustainable foods. On weekends, visitors and locals shop for fresh produce at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. The historic Ferry Building itself is a major transportation hub and has been an important commercial center for over a century.