Are you traveling to San Francisco’s Moscone Center for PCMA Convening Leaders next week? San Francisco Travel Association has suggestions for things to do when you aren’t discovering your “why” with Simon Sinek or practicing your “Jagger moves” with Maroon 5.
Bus It: Big Bus Tours can be picked up all over the city and offer narrated, hop-on-hop-off access to Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and Haight Ashbury. Night tours take in the lights with an excursion to Treasure Island. For another perspective on the city, a Sausalito tour offers Insta-perfect Bay views.
Check Out: Precocious pinnipeds (sea lions) at Pier 39 are the soundtrack to any visit to the Bay. A short walk along the Embarcadero takes you to Exploratorium, an interactive museum of science, art and humanity that is currently featuring an exhibit of Curious Contraptions. And steps from Moscone is the expanded SF Museum of Modern Art, where the show Beyond Spaceship Earth features “the suits, habs and labs” that could become part of the meeting professional’s toolkit when we start planning gatherings in space.
Go Far: San Francisco is known for its temperate winters, so take time to get outside. Whether it is a walking tour of Chinatown, a hike on Angel Island State Park (via ferry to Tiburon, then another to the island) or a wooded stroll through the Presidio that will make you forget you are in the middle of a big city, this is your chance to take a deep breath and see the sights.
Puzzle This: Winchester Mystery House in San Jose has long left visitors asking why one of the richest women in the world would build a maze of rooms and windows with staircases leading nowhere. While pondering the eccentricities of the mansion’s former owner, groups can dabble in axe-throwing at the stables or experience a Houdini-themed escape room challenge.
Eat That: No trip to San Francisco would be complete without sampling the foodie haunts. SF Travel suggests making your way to Mission District for brunch at Foreign Cinema that will win awards. After a walk down the red carpet to the patio-theater, check out organic “pop tarts,” lavender baked goat cheese and balsamic fried egg. Or, find one of the many Tacolicious locations in the city for a taco of the week. A sweet finish would be Bi-Rite Creamery for salted caramel ice cream dipped in sprinkles.
Drink Up: Groups can’t live on grub alone. Wash down that farm-to-town goodness with craft cocktails. SF originals include Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Cafe (the aged, frothy cream was first added in 1952, so, yeah, they know what they are doing) and a Cable Car, a twist on the classic sidecar with spiced rum and a cinnamon-sugar rim, at Sir Francis Drake’s Starlight Room, the reimagined space where the drink was invented.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to flood your social to give everyone back home the appropriate level of FOMO.