About San Francisco International Airport
Less than 15 miles south of the downtown area, San Francisco International Airport is the main hub servicing Fog City. The major tourist destination attracts about 16 million people every year, and while many are domestic travelers, a large portion of these visitors come from across the sea, entering the U.S. via the West Coast from Asia. No matter where they're coming from, tourists can stay in one of the conveniently located San Francisco International Airport hotels during their trip. The Holiday Inn, for example, provides shuttle service to and from the hub, and the Crowne Plaza also offers free transportation to guests.
Before heading to your hotel, take some time to explore this magnificent airport. The massive facility houses four terminals including the renowned International Terminal - the largest of its kind in the world. As you walk about, you'll come across a wide variety of amenities, including public showers, spas, a medical center and plenty of shops and boutiques, not to mention a stunning array of fine dining restaurants and quaint eateries. The facility even houses its own museum galleries, showcasing a diverse variety of cultural and educational pieces by artists from around the world.
Welcome to San Francisco
As the focal point of the Bay Area, San Francisco is a delightful locale with a lively energy and liberal spirit. One of the biggest draws of this destination is its natural beauty. It contains huge expanses of hilly terrain and lush greenery nestled between two expansive coasts - San Francisco Bay on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. While it's a huge city by population, it's actually quite small in size. It's a square piece of land at the tip of a California peninsula spanning 7 miles by 7 miles. While many cities in this state are notorious for having poor transit systems, San Francisco's public transportation system is one of the most comprehensive in the country, and visitors can take a train or bus from the airport to nearly every corner of the locale.
Another highlight of Fog City is its forward-thinking community. It's renowned for its diversity, and neighborhoods from Golden Gate to Noe Valley contain a varied array of ethnicities and cultures living together in harmony. Throughout, there are remnants of its ancient past when Yelamu tribe members ran the land to the Gold Rush era that welcomed a wave of immigrants from around the globe. In areas such as the Haight district, guests can also find proof of the hippie movement of the 1960s - the neighborhood was home to the "Summer of Love" that spurred major political and cultural changes all over the country.
Things to Do in San Francisco
After settling into hotels near San Francisco International Airport, guests can head out to explore the intriguing attractions, landmarks and historical sites that make up this stunning city. Start your tour of the destination with an exploration of the architecture - visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, City Hall, Transamerica Pyramid and other magnificent feats of engineering. Be sure to stop by Alcatraz, the country's first military prison and a subject of great political dispute among Americans. Other top attractions include Union Square, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Ferry Building and Golden Gate Park.
This city's massive diversity also means that there's a wide variety of places to sit down for a good meal. No matter what you're in the mood for, there's something to appease your taste buds. For gourmet American food at an upscale restaurant, head to Benu, Coi or Rich Table. Ask the locals where to get some good Italian, and they'll likely point you to Cotogna or Acquerello. Or just stroll the streets to find everything from French to Vietnamese to Cuban fare.