A Golden Gate to a San Francisco Family Vacation
There are hot restaurants, many neighborhoods to explore, and lots of cultures to experience. There’s more to discover, all in a cool, often foggy atmosphere.
A San Francisco Family Vacation is great for those of us that live in the inland part of Sunny Southern California. Here in the south of the state we often long for cool foggy or misty views common in that famous city by the bay.
Other parts of the country and world find that San Francisco can make a nice Family Vacation. If you decide to take a family summer vacation to San Francisco, here are some suggestions for accommodations. More ideas for activities that are sure to please you and your family are below.
Here’s one of Many Great Hotels to Choose From
A good place to consider for your family stay in the city is the Westin St. Francis. It is located in the heart of Union Square. Here, you will have access to shopping, the theater district, restaurants, and museums. The hotel has been touted as the best family hotel in San Francisco.
This is not surprising since its accommodations are truly exceptional. You have a choice of family or deluxe rooms. Amenities include: refrigerators, cribs, rollaway beds, and a children’s breakfast. Eat lunch and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
What is so unique to this particular hotel is that upon arrival, your children will receive gifts. They may be hats, shampoo, and crayons all of which your children will appreciate. That’s all part of this hotel’s personality. With friendly and helpful staff, the hotel also offers a barber and beauty shop. There is also concierge, dry cleaning services, fitness center, and room service.
There are three restaurants at the hotel. They offer incredible cuisine from traditional to casual dining. They even have a Westin Kid’s Club for children 12 and under. There are specialized meals that are high in protein and low in salt. Whether it’s formal meals or ala carte, you and your family will be delighted. As a result they will enjoy the variety of meals available at the Westin St. Francis hotel.
Tours and Activities are Plentiful
Among the many activities you and your family can engage in during your San Francisco family vacation are various tours: A ferry ride around Alcatraz Island (while all the way Tony Bennett sings his famous “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”), and Yosemite and giant Sequoias Minivan tour. There is also a Monterey, Carmel and the 17-Mile Drive tour including Monterey Bay Aquarium.
You can take a cable car tour of San Francisco, walk or drive down the most crooked street in the world – Lombard Street and visit Coit Tower. Or if you are the kind that wants more freedom, then rent a car and take a side trip to the lovely quaint town of Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Plan on spending lunch or dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf where Ghirardelli Square is home to over 50 restaurants, shops, plazas, and incredible views of the bay. Take your kids to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop for their world-renowned hot fudge sundaes. Don’t forget to buy a box of their world-famous chocolate as well.
There’s the Presidio of San Francisco, formerly a military post, the Presidio is a National Park and recreational paradise featuring spectacular vistas, beautiful trails, and historic and architectural treasures you won’t find anywhere else.
Visit Silicon Valley as a Bonus
For a short out of town trip you can rent a car and visit Silicon Valley, home of most of the high tech companies in the country. You’ll find the NASA Ames Research Center which provides exhibits and interactive opportunities for all ages.
History enthusiasts appreciate the History San Jose Museum, which features over 500,000 historical artifacts depicting the area’s past. If you want outdoor pursuits, golfing, kayaking and scuba diving are popular pastimes in Silicon Valley.
You and your family will never run out of things to do on your San Francisco family vacation. With its mild climate you can forget those hot days or nights you’ll find in many places in the U.S. You will be able to enjoy yourself without the normal sweltering heat experienced in so many vacation places in the USA in the summer. With is rolling hills and beautiful landscape, mild and inviting climate, this is one vacation that will steal your heart!
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