Thursday, January 11, 2007

Where to Stay in San Francisco: Part VI - Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is tourist central in San Francisco. Locals have a love/hate relationship with it. We value visitors as tourism is our number one industry. Fisherman's Wharf is a rich part of the city's history. But today there are too many tee-shirt and souvenir shops. This is not what San Francisco is about, so we say. As a result, locals tend to avoid the area.

However, Fisherman's Wharf is home to some great sights, especially for children. Ship lovers will enjoy visiting the Hyde Street Pier, home to historic ships, and the Jeremiah O'Brien, a Liberty Ship that participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Kids of all ages will enjoy playing the antique arcade games at the Musee Mechanique. Watch sourdough bread being made at Boudin Cafe and visit its intimate museum on the history of baking bread in San Francisco. Finally, everyone has fun watching the sea lions push and shove each other at Pier 39.

Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to stay if you have young children. They will enjoy all the tourist-related shops and activities in the area. Most of the major chains have properties here: Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton, Best Western, Marriott, and Radisson. Kimpton has a very nice nautical-themed hotel, the Argonaut.

If you want to feel like you are in a real city, Fisherman's Wharf is not the place to be. But, if you have children, this may be the part of San Francisco that will best suit your needs.

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