Tourism Tips

Tourism Tips from ACA Staff

#1 – The Golden Gate Bridge & the Palace of Fine Arts

"Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge—windy and cold, but you're on one of the architectural icons of the world! Also visit the Palace of Fine Arts, site of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. It is an amazing example of Beaux-Arts architecture and is a great picture-taking opportunity." –Richard Yep, CAE, FASAE, Chief Executive Officer 

#2 – Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Factory

"This is a paradise for chocolate lovers! The beautiful, historic Ghirardelli Square was once a former chocolate factory that has transformed into a small chocolate store and eatery. The area also features many restaurants and other shopping options with a scenic view." –Robin Hayes, CMP, Senior Director of Conference Planning & Professional Education


#3 – The BART

"The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a public rail service available to locals and tourists in the city. It's a convenient, cost-effective way to explore every part of San Francisco. It's fun riding the train, seeing the interesting scenery as you cross different neighborhoods—and it will take you from the San Francisco International Airport directly into the heart of the city for a very reasonable price."  –David Kaplan, PhD, NCC, Chief Professional Officer


#4 – G Food Truck Lounge

"If you are a 'foodie,' this is the place for you. The food lounge has 8-10 food trucks each day, so you can try a little of this and a little of that without having to drive all over the city or bust your budget. The first time I went, I ordered from five trucks! (Don’t judge me!) They are only open for lunch, but if you can squeeze in a visit, be prepared to try everything!" –Theresa Holmes, CMP, Meetings Manager


#5 - The Ferry Building

"The Ferry Building is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. It's a great spot on the waterfront to grab a bite to eat or shop for unique gifts. Prepare for spectacular views! On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays there is a farmer’s market and you can join a walking tour to see more of the city." –Joy Natwick, M.S., Ethics Specialist



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