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Welcome to San Francisco, the City by the Bay! This cool northern California city truly has it all. Nightlife, arts and culture, world-class dining and shopping, historic cable cars to take you around the city, unique neighborhoods to explore, including the Mission District, Chinatown, the Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, North Beach, Nob Hill and Union Square, and a seemingly endless list of attractions to visit in and around the Bay Area.

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Special Event July 20-22, 2018 at AT&T Park

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 Tournament

Top 20 Attractions in San Francisco

  1. PIER 39: Start your tour at Fisherman’s Wharf! You won’t want to miss the sea lions and unbeatable views of the city, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and Alcatraz.
  2. Golden Gate Bridge: One of the seven wonders of the modern world! The bridge’s sidewalks (all 1.7 miles across!) are open during the day to pedestrians.
  3. Golden Gate Park: One of the largest urban parks in the world, this park stretches for three miles on the western edge of San Francisco, and includes the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers and the Koret Children’s Quarter.
  4. Lombard Street: Often called the “crookedest” street in the world, this scenic road on Russian Hill features tight turns, fragrant gardens and beautiful views of the bay, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower.
  5. Alcatraz Island: This once infamous prison island is part of the Bay Area’s 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived.
  6. California Academy of Sciences: Home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and world-class research and education programs, the California Academy of Sciences is one of San Francisco's must-see destinations.
  7. The de Young Museum: The de Young showcases American art from the 17th through 21st centuries, modern and contemporary art, photography, international textiles and costumes, and art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
  8. SFMOMA: Reopened on May 14, 2016, the Snohetta-designed expansion includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated galleries, enabling SFMOMA to display more than 32,000 modern and contemporary artworks and an entire floor dedicated solely to photography.
  9. The Presidio: The Presidio is a national park site and recreational paradise featuring spectacular vistas, beautiful trails, and historic and architectural treasures.
  10. Yerba Buena Gardens: An award-winning public facility at the heart of San Francisco’s downtown cultural district, Yerba Buena Gardens features a children’s garden, public art, museums, a historic carousel, ice-skating and bowling centers.
  11. The Cable Car Museum: The Cable Car Museum overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables for San Francisco’s famous trams. It also features three antique cable cars from the 1870s, photographs, mechanical displays and a fun gift shop.
  12. Crissy Field: This northern waterfront park in the Presidio offers spectacular views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as unparalleled recreational opportunities including BBQs, picnics, and beach sports.
  13. Asian Art Museum: This museum is home to one of the most complete collections of Asian art in the world, with a collection spanning cultures from Turkey to India and China to the Philippines through 6,000 years.
  14. The Exploratorium: Newly renovated and now open on Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at the heart of the waterfront, the Exploratorium is a home-grown, hands-on museum igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages.
  15. San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park: AT&T Park is the home of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Located on the city's scenic waterfront, this classic urban ballpark is a short walk from downtown.
  16. Legion of Honor: Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor displays a collection of more than 4,000 years of ancient and Europe jewishan art.
  17. Angel Island State Park: Often referred to as the “Ellis Island of the West, the Immigration Station originally opened in 1910 and closed in 1940 as the result of a fire. During that time more than one million individuals were processed through the center. Ferry service to the island is available from Fisherman’s Wharf.
  18. Contemporary Jewish Museum: Located in downtown San Francisco, the Contemporary Jewish Museum presents dynamic exhibitions and educational programs, exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history and ideas.
  19. San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall: With performances over 200 days per year, from Mahler to pops, it’s easy to find a concert you’ll love that fits into your trip.
  20. San Francisco Zoo and Gardens: Come and visit over 1,000 endangered and rescued animals representing 250 species on view in 100 acres of lovely, peaceful gardens nestled against the Pacific Ocean.


Want to see MORE at the Exploratorium?

Not able to attend the Banquet but want to check out the Exploratorium and all of the cool exhibits like "Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art"?

If you would like to visit the Exploratorium during your week in San Francisco, or spend more time in other parts of the museum not included in the Banquet, we are pleased to offer all ICM2018 attendees 20% off admission. Just show your Conference name badge when you purchase your admission ticket. Offer is good for three tickets per badge.