Discover San Francisco

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San Francisco, the centerpiece of the Bay Area, is one of the most beautiful and progressive cities in the world. The cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California, San Francisco is renowned for its mixture of scenic beauty and unique culture that provides a vibrant and eclectic background for the 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting.

The city is famous for its sights, scenery, one-of-a-kind events, world-class food, welcoming people, diversity and rich history. 

But there is more that compels people to visit it year after year, and it has to do with the fact that no other city is as adept at taking the familiar and marrying it to the unknown; merging people's expectations to moments of unpredictability; uniting long-held notions with startling innovations.

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GETTING TO SAN FRANCISCO

If you are travelling from overseas or you just want to arrive quickly, then flying into San Francisco International Airport is your best option. 

From the airport you have lots of options to get to the city:

  • Take the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) rapid rail, which is fast and inexpensive
  • Use the Shared Van & Shuttle Service
  • Catch a taxi, limousine or Uber
  • Use the San Mateo Country Transit Agency public bus

If you are travelling from within the USA Amtrak offers a comfortable and enjoyable way to get to San Francisco by train.

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GETTING AROUND IN SAN FRANCISCO

Muni is San Francisco's bus and metro system that runs throughout the city, operating busses, trains, cable cars and the F-line heritage streetcar. Ride sharing apps like Uber and Lyft are both very popular choices and offer a pleasant and cheap way of getting around the city.

Click here for more information about Transportation in San Francisco.

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WHAT TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO

Apart from the legendary Golden Gate Bridge and Park, the city has many more attractions to offer those looking for an unforgettable time.

PIER 39 is where your visit to San Francisco starts. Located along the historic waterfront, PIER 39 offers two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, surrounded by unbeatable views of the city, the bay, Alcatraz and Angel Island. From the pier you can book a visit and tour of Alcatraz and see where Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly were housed. Visiting Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park are a must in San Francisco, as is a walk in Lombard Street, often called the crookedest street in the world.

Click here for a list of the top 20 attractions in San Francisco.


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