Tips for your MIS Week 2017—A Memorable San Francisco Visit

Tips for your MIS Week 2017—A Memorable San Francisco Visit

We are so excited to visit San Francisco for MIS Week 2017.  Here are some recommendations for your trip, whether you are planning an extended stay or not.  Please reach out to us for any specific questions or guidance:  

Things to do:

  • Visit some of San Francisco’s outdoor landmarks: Union Square, the famous meandering Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf – many of these can be accessed on foot from the hotel in an afternoon
  • For fascinating indoor excursions, visit the Asian Art MuseumCalifornia Academy of Sciences* (new), Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Exploratorium (great for children or adult children interested in science and haptics), de Young MuseumSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); and/or The Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge & take the ferry back (there are many bike rentals near Pier 39)
  • For a quick way to see all the sites take a GoCar:
  • Catch a glimpse of the SF Giants baseball stadium in beautiful AT&T park.  Catch the September 3 game at 1 PM: 
  • Stroll through Chinatown – the oldest and largest outside of Asia.  
  • Take cable car from Union Square to Fisherman’s wharf and North beach (tip: pick it up along the route instead of at the first stop)
  • The Presidio, Chrissy Field and Fort Mason have beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and lots of outdoor space
  • Golden Gate Park has a lot of open space to explore, as well as museums and plenty of space for a picnic. Tie in a visit to the historic Haight-Ashbuy neighborhood, or head to Ocean Beach while you’re in the area
  • After the conference, take the ferry to Angel Island and enjoy hiking and beautiful views of San Francisco

 Our Favorite Restaurants:

  • Ideale (authentic Italian spot in North Beach)
  • Leatherneck Steakhouse (upper-level steak & seafood restaurant with views of the city skyline near Union Square)
  • Tonga Room & Hurricane bar (tiki-themed food & drinks at the historic Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill)
  • Restaurants of Belden Place (a European-inspired alleyway with several authentic Spanish/French/Italian places to choose from near Union Square)
  • Cliff House near Ocean Beach serves upscale seafood with gorgeous views of the Pacific 
  • The Mission district has many Mexican and Latin American restaurants, and is known for their authentic Mexican food

 Additional Tips:

  • San Francisco has many neighborhoods and we suggest walking as much as possible.  The hills in Russian Hill and Nob Hill can be a challenging walk, however.
  • There are many cabs available quickly because of the high use Uber or Lyft in San Francisco (though you may want to try out ridesharing where it first began)
  • San Francisco is often colder in the Summer than most imagine, so bring a light jacket, or head South after the conference to enjoy warmer weather, the beautiful Redwoods or a tour of Google.

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