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3 Iconic Attractions You Have To See During Your San Francisco Trip

There are some things that you just HAVE to do when you travel to a certain city, no matter what time of the year it is. And there is certainly no shortage of those in San Francisco! From Fisherman’s Wharf to riding a cable car, these are three iconic tourist attractions that you can’t leave without checking out. Book your stay with us here at Holiday Inn San Francisco when you do visit — we’re conveniently located, with fantastic rates and amenities including on-site dining.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Still very active for many fishermen today, Fisherman's Wharf first developed during the mid to late 1800s when Italian fishermen came to the city to take advantage of the rapidly growing population due to the gold rush. Today, it’s known for Pier 39 (a diverse shopping district), Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and a huge array of seafood restaurants. Make sure to visit the floating Forbes Island restaurant and Fisherman’s Grotto, as well as the many vendors serving up fresh seafood — notably crab, and clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl.

Visit Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island is home to the famous abandoned prison, the oldest operating lighthouse on the United State’s west coast, a civil war fort, beautiful rock pools, and a diverse bird colony. The island became a federal penitentiary in 1934 and, for the near three decades it operated, the jail held some of the most notorious criminals in American history, including Al Capone. Take a ferry ride to the island and a tour — or stay overnight, if you’re brave!

Ride a Cable Car

This moving landmark is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. 23 lines were established in between 1873 and 1890 and, today, just three of them remain: two from downtown (Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf), and the third along California Street. Riding the car is a great, romantic, and nostalgic way to experience the history of the Bay city.

Don’t Miss Fleet Week and Oracle in San Francisco This October!

One of the most amazing things about San Francisco (aside from its beautiful location on the bay, its diverse cuisine, and inspiring arts scene) is the fact that there is something here for everyone. No matter what time of year you stop by the city for a visit, there is always an event that will capture your attention, no matter what you’re into. If you’re visiting in October, for example, there are a couple of exciting events happening for those interested in the tech world or in celebrating the United States Armed Air Force.

And, if you’re staying in San Francisco, be sure to book your stay with us here at Holiday Inn San Francisco International Airport. We’re conveniently located just minutes from SFO, with clean, spacious, modern accommodations and variety of fantastic on-site amenities including Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar, room service, and dry cleaning services. Make your reservations today!


Since it first began back in 1981, San Francisco Fleet Week has been an integral part of the community. With air shows, an art exhibition showcasing the works of veterans, and tours across visiting ships, the event is a great way to celebrate the men and women serving our country. You won’t want to miss the United States Navy Blue Angels fighter jets. #FleetWeekSF takes place from October 1-8 at Marina Green on the waterfront.


This business and technology conference, taking place from October 22-25 at the MosconeConvention Center, feature keynotes, product demos, collective learning sessions, and much more. It includes a music festival featuring live performances from headlining artists such as Beck, Portugal. The Man, and Bleachers to wrap everything up. Some of the companies you’ll encounter at the conference include Deloitte, IBM, Intel, and Equinix.

What’s On In The Silicon Valley This October

There are always plenty of exciting events happening in the Silicon Valley and October is no exception. From haunted houses to showings at a silent film museum, there is something to suit every taste. Check out these three events happening throughout San Francisco, San Jose, and Fremont, and don’t forget to book your stay with us here at Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport. We offer a wide variety of beautifully decorated guestrooms, fantastic amenities like a 24-hour fitness center and on-site dining, and affordable rates. Give us a call today!

Dead Time Dreams

Located in San Joe, Dead Time Dreams is one of the Bay Area's most popular haunted house attractions. Visit this place for super scary haunted experiences, mazes, and houses. Get in the spirit of Halloween and give yourself a good scare!

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Running from October 5-7 and taking place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is a free music festival that first started in 2001. This year, the festival will feature live performances from artists including Alison Krauss, Dan Lebowitz, Booker T. Jones, and the Cave Singers.

Niles Film Museum

Originally called the Edison Theatre when was built in 1913, the now named-Niles Film Museum is located in the historic district of Fremont. It was a dance hall in the 1920s, with a major film studio, the Niles Theatre, right next door. The Niles burned down in 1959. Then, in 2004, the newly formed non-profit Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum started the Edison’s restoration and began holding their annual silent film festival that focused on the Niles’ legacy. Now, they host weekly film showings. In October, the theatre will show movies like The Golem (a 1920s film set in 16th century Prague about a rabbi who brings a clay figure to life to protect his community), Hal Roach’s The Live Ghost (featuring Laurel and Hardy), and Charlie Chaplin’s Shanghaied.

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