Summer Vacations in San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s an amazing (and balmy) city to visit year-round, but summer, of course, is a classic time to visit the City by the Bay. Here at Pullman San Francisco Bay, we provide you with luxurious waterfront accommodations in Redwood City that serve as an exceedingly well-situated launch pad for dining, recreation, and sightseeing on a Bay Area summer vacation.
We thought we’d spotlight a sort of sampler pack of summer activities and destinations around our neck of the woods: not anywhere close to exhaustive, but representative if nothing else!
The San Francisco Bay Area enjoys one of the most magnificent natural settings of any urban center in the country and experiencing its wilder side—and its splendid scenery—is remarkably easy from a city home base. Enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the strait it’s named after from the sweeping vantages of Lands End or Fort Point, or from the other side of the waterway in the soaring Marin Headlands. Close to our Redwood City hotel, meanwhile, you’ve got the beautiful mist-raked forests—including some lofty second-growth redwood groves—of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, plus the surfside perfection of Half Moon Bay State Beach below.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest and largest on the continent and one of the city’s enduring cultural treasures and most popular tourist destinations. Roam the shops and markets, sample the cuisine, tour the famous Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, nab that selfie in front of the Dragon Gate, and generally soak up the ambience.
Wander the Japanese Tea Garden
One of the most beautiful places in the city, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is a must-see: a place to wander at a slow pace amid the carefully manicured plantings, ponds, rock gardens, and Japanese architecture—and to sip and nibble in the lovely teahouse.
From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Asian Art Museum to the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium, the Bay Area’s museums are of world-class caliber.
Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay has seen an outsized share of history, most notably as the site (from 1934 to 1963) of one of the most notorious prisons in America. Now managed by the National Park Service, Alcatraz is a major tourist attraction, reached by ferry from Pier 33. Tour the old cellhouse of the federal penitentiary, learn about the American Indian occupations of the island in the 1960s, and delve into other facets of this fascinating outpost.
Take a Whale Watching Cruise
The coastal waters off San Francisco in summer come plied by the largest animals to ever live, blue whales, as well as some of the most graceful and acrobatic of cetaceans: humpbacks. Take a whale-watching cruise out to the Farallon Islands this time of year, and you’ve got a decent chance of glimpsing some of these remarkable leviathans, plus sea lions, elephant seals, seabirds, and other offshore fauna.
Catch a Giants Game
San Francisco, of course, plays host to one of the most legendary and successful franchises in Major League Baseball, and catching a home game at AT&T Park—the Giants’ awesome waterfront stadium—is a signature summertime experience in the Bay Area.
A Bay Area Summer Vacation at the Pullman
There’s obviously an incredible amount else to see and do in San Francisco during the summertime—and no better place to serve as your summer-vacation headquarters here than Pullman San Francisco Bay! Make your reservations today.