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Top Ten Things to Do in San Francisco

The area surrounding our hotel is overflowing with exciting things to do in San Francisco. From shopping to dining to museums, the top ten things to do in San Francisco are within reach when you stay at Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel. Use this travel guide as a resource during your vacation to discover the best things to do in Union Square and beyond.

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 581-3500

San Francisco’s acclaimed Asian Art Museum offers visitors a look at various cultures through art, music, dance and tradition. Top exhibits include China’s Terracotta Warriors, textiles from Java and elaborate Japanese art


Maiden Lane

Open to foot traffic only, Maiden Lane is lined with art galleries and restaurants, which make for a pleasant afternoon of strolling. Xanadu Gallery at 140 Maiden Lane is San Francisco’s only building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a precursor for the Guggenheim Museum.


Macy’s Union Square

170 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 397-3333

The biggest department store west of New York City, Macy’s Union Square stretches along Geary from Powell to Stockton, and spills over into several nearby buildings. Experience distinguished Union Square shopping at this popular attraction.


California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000

One of the largest museums of natural history in the world, the California Academy of Sciences is located in Golden Gate Park and is comprised of three general areas. The Steinhart Aquarium includes a four-story dome emulating the rainforest; the Morrison Planetarium is devoted to all things astronomical; and the Kimball Natural History Museum houses a popular African Hall as well as a variety of changing displays covering a broad spectrum of subjects.


California Palace of the Legion of Honor

100 34th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 750-3600

A smaller-scale version of the Palais de la Legion d’Honneur in Paris, the Legion of Honor is a renowned fine art museum in Lincoln Park. The Legion of Honor is home to collections of Ancient Art, European Art, and Graphic Arts. Stop by the museum at 4PM on Saturdays and Sundays for an organ recital on the tremendous symphonic organ.


Davies Symphony Hall/San Francisco Symphony

201 Van Ness at Grove
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 864-6000

Built in 1980 as the permanent home of the San Francisco Symphony, the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is part of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. The Hall is home to the Fratelli Ruffatti electo-pneumatic pipe organ, the latest concert hall organ in North America. The Symphony puts on over 200 shows each season, so be sure to check the calendar when you are in town.


Ghirardelli Square

900 North Point, Next to Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-3030

Headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company in 1893, the square was re-worked in the 1960s to become a restaurant and retail destination. The square is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to a collection of boutique shops and delicious eateries.


M.H. de Young Museum

75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 750-3683

Located in Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum is a fine arts museum named after San Francisco newspaperman M.H. de Young. The museum showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries as well as international contemporary art, textiles and costumes from the Americas, the Pacific and Asia.


Alcatraz Island

Often referred to as The Rock, the island has spent time as a lighthouse, military fortification, a military prison, and a Federal Bureau of Prisons federal prison. Take a tour of the grounds and see the cells of famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Stroud.


Golden Gate Bridge

An undeniable symbol of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge was ranked fifth on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture. The second-longest suspension bridge in America, the Golden Gate connects San Francisco with Marin County. A favorite tourist destination, the bridge is an ideal backdrop for pictures. Walk, bike, hike or drive across the bridge for unique views of the surrounding landscape.