Think of the best cities in the United States to visit. San Francisco inevitably comes to mind. USASBE is pleased to announce that San Francisco as the selected destination for the 2013 Annual Conference.
San Francisco is often called "Everybody’s Favorite City," a title earned by its scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine. Measuring 49 square miles, this very walk-able city is dotted with landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz and the largest Chinatown in the United States. A stroll of the City’s streets can lead from Union Square to North Beach to Fisherman’s Wharf, with intriguing neighborhoods to explore at every turn. Views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay are often laced with fog, creating a romantic mood in this most European of American cities.
The city's allure, coupled with strong airlift into San Francisco International and Oakland International Airports, rail access and the San Francisco Marriott Marquis allows USASBE to offer the very best!
Sea Lions at Pier 39
The crowd of barking pinnipeds that hangs out near Pier 39 takes time off every year, but they're back in January - and the folks at Pier 39 are ready to celebrate.
Go on a Pub Crawl
Visit one or two of San Francisco's microbreweries. Use a designated driver, take public transporatation or call a taxi.
Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Cafe
The first place in America to serve this warm, alcoholic concoction is still going strong, and all that hot coffee and alcohol are pitch-perfect for a rainy day.
Go on a Tour
City Guides offers some indoor guided tours. Go behind the scenes at the Palace Hotel, see the upstairs murals at Coit Tower, or visit the San Francisco Fire Department Museum.
San Francisco has a wide assortment of interesting museums: Asian Art Museum, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Cable Car Museum, California Academy of Sciences, California Historical society, Cartoon Art Museum, Craft & folk Art Museum, Creativity Children’s Museum, De Young Museum, Exploratorium, Fire Department Museum, Gold Rush Museum, Golden Gate Railroad Museum, Immigration Station, International Museum of Women, Jewish Museum, Legion of Honor Museum, Maritime Museum, Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco Museum at the Mint, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Museum of African Diaspora, Walt Disney Family Museum, Wells Fargo Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Browse for Books
City Lights Bookstore is a true book-lover's bookstore. Stop next door at Vesuvio Cafe, a reminder of the Beat era.
Take Some Photos
It's not as crazy as it sounds. Rainy days can offer the photographer some interesting shots. Try a black-and-white photo of the skyline from the end of Pier 7. Focus on details. Look for reflections in puddles.
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