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San Francisco – More than the Golden Gate Bridge

By October 30, 2017 No Comments
Golden Gate bridge at night with full moon shining on San Francisco skyline

Golden Gate bridge at night with full moon shining on San Francisco skyline

A city famous for its iconic landmarks,steep rolling hills and architechture. Let us shed some light on an undiscovered Group Incentive gem that is San Francisco.

Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco at sunrise

Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco at sunrise

A location like no other

Sitting pretty on the west coast of the USA, I don’t think there is a place in the world more associated with diversity!

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” a quote by Saint Francis of Assisi after whom this iconic city is named after. This is just one of the many famous sayings born from a city renowned for celebrating the “hippie” counterculture, Sexual Revolution, Peace Movement, and the Summer of Love embracing the gay rights movement!

San Fran, as it’s more commonly known, offers so much more than just a liberal outlook on life.

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

Lots to see and do

Here is a city everyone has seen in the movies and on TV, streetcars travelling up and down the hilly streets, the large red Golden Gate Bridge that spans the river, Alcatraz Island and the San Andreas Fault – all add to the unique element that makes this city a one of a kind group incentive destination. Here is a city living on the knife’s edge, taking earthquakes and tremors in its stride never letting the negative overshadow the positive. San Francisco knows how to live it up in the big city. Restaurants, nightlife and experiences abound with tourism employing 1 in 7 residents. This is truly a city created to serve you, the visitor.

Palace of Fine Arts Museum at Night in San Francisco, California, USA. Water fountain at night

Palace of Fine Arts Museum at Night in San Francisco, California, USA. Water fountain at night

Art is in its DNA

Culture vultures can visit the War Memorial and Performing Arts Centre which hosts some of the most enduring performing arts companies in the country. The War Memorial Opera House houses the San Francisco Opera, the second-largest opera company in North America. Not forgetting the San Francisco Ballet in addition to the San Francisco Symphony which plays in Davies Symphony Hall.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) houses some of the greatest 20th century and contemporary works of art such as Frida Kahlo. Much like the rest of America, this great city is not short on varied tastes from the California Academy of Sciences, a natural history museum that also hosts the Morrison Planetarium and Steinhart Aquarium to the Palace of Fine Arts Museum. San Francisco is the perfect destination to mix food, culture, art, sports and more into a well-rounded incentive.

Baseball

Baseball

Sports fans Mecca, from Baseball to Rugby

For sports fans, no visit would be complete without seeing Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants or the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). There is also more than 320 km of bicycle paths, lanes and bike routes in the city. Golden Gate Park has miles of paved and unpaved running trails as well as a golf course and disc golf course. So much choice on offer in the Marina District from boating, sailing, windsurfing and kite-surfing among the popular activities on San Francisco Bay. For South Africans, the all-important Rugby World Cup 7’s will take place here in July 2018. What could be a better place to cheer the Green and Gold than in the “city by the bay”? This unique event is known for its relaxed and entertaining atmosphere with fans dressing up to enjoy the tournament.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said, “Announcing the exact dates of the tournament is an important stage of preparation as it means that supporters can really start to plan their trip. With three days of amazing rugby action on offer, coupled everything else San Francisco and surrounding area has to offer, it could really be the holiday of a lifetime for rugby fans around the world.” (Source San Francisco Travel)

There is no wonder this diverse city makes for a dynamic group incentive from sports, food, culture and more San Francisco really is an Incentive gem on the rise.

A view of a typical San Francisco road, Usa

A view of a typical San Francisco road, USA

A Feast for your eyes and more

Eating and socialising is a religion here, with the most restaurants and farmers markets per capita in North America, if you can’t find something you like here, it doesn’t exist! Start your day with a freshly baked pastry and coffee from an Italian bakery, then wander the streets admiring the street art while you nibble on some potstickers. Lunchtime might be an opportunity to explore a local Taqueria (a restaurant specialising in tacos) and then relax at Dolores Park with an ice cream from the local creamery. At Pier 39 you can be spoilt for choice, where you can eat, drink and party the night away.

Napa Valley Sign

Napa Valley Sign

Wine not?

For something a little more leisurely and refined, how about a Napa Valley wine train trip? What could be better than visiting this incredible wine country on a restored vintage train while enjoying gourmet food and paired wines?

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Natural beauty

If adventure and nature is more your cup of tea, try a visit to the Yosemite National Park. Or visit some of the tallest trees on Earth at Muir Woods National Monument. If you don’t want to travel to far, how does a zip across San Francisco Bay on the RIB boat sound? Or a GPS guided GoCar tour of the city? Try exploring by Segway or relax on a sunset cruise…

Passengers enjoy a ride in a cable car

Passengers enjoy a ride in a cable car

You haven’t lived till you’ve seen San Francisco

Whatever your pace, San Francisco will make you want to explore and discover, and in doing so, who knows what you may explore and discover about yourself..?

 

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco

http://www.sftravel.com/

http://www.sftravel.com/article/rugby-world-cup-sevens-coming-att-park-san-francisco-july-20-22-2018

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Hello everyone! Firstly let me introduce myself, I am Charlie the chameleon, I am an incentive and business travel professional who explores the world in search of new and exciting destinations to take my clients to, be it business or incentive travel. I look for new ways to experience well-travelled destinations, and love seeking those off the beaten track. Follow my adventure to near and far away places, and let me help you find that special place that you want to explore! Follow me on Instagram.

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