Since Modera headquarters just established in Sacramento, it’s time to do a post on weekend getaways in California.? What better place to hangout for a quick weekend getaway than San Francisco?

Staying in San Francisco

Be sure to factor in the cost of parking when comparing hotel prices. Many hotels in the downtown area charge parking upwards of $15 per day. There are times when you might really want to stay in the heart of downtown. For example, if you want to sightsee, have dinner and drinks within walking distance of where you’re staying. Explore the different neighborhoods to stay in downtown. Depending on who you ask, there are between 10 and 15 unique neighborhoods in San Francisco.

Neighborhoods in SF

Entertainment in San Francisco

Union Square is the hub of activity for San Francisco shopping, and its upscale stores are surrounded by 40 hotels and fine dining. You’ll find music and cultural displays from all over the world, and the famous Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition every summer.

cable car

Fisherman’s Wharf is another popular area for shopping, dining and lodging. Fresh seafood dishes are a treat for those who visit, as well as charter boats and boat tours that operate throughout the day.

Fishermans Wharf

In July, the America’s Cup Race comes to San Francisco. Piers 27 and 29 will be a flurry of activity as the America’s Cup Pavilion where upwards of 20 concerts and events are planned, including the Louis Vuitton Exhibition and a viewing area for the race.

Pier 39 boasts the famous (and noisy) sea lions, shopping, a carousel and arcade for kids and a wine bar and tasting area. Not to be outdone, Pier 15 is now the new home of the Exploratorium. The America?s Cup ?Summer of Racing? kicks off on July 4th and can be experienced from multiple sites along the city waterfront.

Pier 39

San Francisco’s Surrounding Areas

There are many options for lodging in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Depending on where you stay, you can save a little more if you stay just outside of San Francisco and to the north, across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Take a day hike in the north Marin headlands or climb Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam to locals) to get a view above the fog, or embrace the coolness of the fog with a hike around the magnificent Armstrong Redwoods.

There is so much to write about what San Francisco has to offer, we can’t possibly cover it all in one post! Let us know if you’d like to learn more about a particular area, or share what your favorite activities are!

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