AACRAO 2013, San Francisco – Top 12 Experiences!

We’ve put together a list of things to do in the bay area while you’re visiting!  Also be sure to stop by our booth to learn about our student schedule planner!

Tour of Alcatraz (2.4 miles – 10 min. drive)

One visit to this foreboding island and you’ll know why escape was so appealing! Notorious criminals did time here: Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, to name a few.


Napa Valley (60 miles – 1.5 hour drive)

Explore the beautiful Napa Valley, a perfect day trip (less than 2 hours away).  Sonoma and Napa counties are best known for their vineyards, thanks to the mild sunny climate and fertile soil.


Pier 39 Fisherman’s Warf (2.7 miles from Moscone Center)

Shops, shops, and a plethora of great seafood restaurants line the Wharf, where you still see vestiges of the old fishing crafts used by the Italian immigrants who brought the Wharf to life after the Gold Rush. Watch out for the Bush Man!!


Visit the campus of Stanford University (33.2 miles – 45 min. drive)

The Stanford campus offers a wealth of sightseeing and educational opportunities.  We hope these resources will be helpful as you plan your visit to campus.

Visitor Services – 295 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305 or Call (650) 723-2560


Trace Restaurant (1-2 blocks from Moscone Center)

TRACE at W San Francisco is committed to creating a thoughtful culinary experience by fusing the vibrant personality of the Bay Area with a dedication to responsible food. Our high-quality cuisine is prepared from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients – or obtained through partners with sustainable practices.

www.trace-sf.com -181 Third Street or Call for Reservations 415-817-7836

Union Square (4-5 blocks from Moscone Center)

The finest shopping is found here with heavy-hitters like Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Side streets hide some great surprises, too.


Golden Gate Bridge (8 miles – 15 min. drive)

You’ve seen it in movies, television, books and postcards – now go ahead and take a walk on it! And don’t forget your camera.


Yosemite National Park (209 miles – 4 hr. drive)

A three hour drive through the Gold Country takes you to the most spectacular National Park. Yosemite is home to North America’s five highest waterfalls, Yosemite Falls, Ribbon Falls and Sentinel Falls.


 Punchline Comedy Club (1.9 miles from Moscone Center)

This top notch venue has been host to great stand up comedy for over 30 years!

“Standout” national “headliners” and “up-and-coming” Bay Area comedians will have you rolling in the aisles. **2 drink minimum per person**


UC Berkeley campus visit (12.6 miles – 30 min. drive)

Every year, thousands of people from across the nation and around the world visit the tranquil, wooded 178-acre campus of UC Berkeley. Most of them do so under the expert guidance of a Cal Campus Ambassador.

Visitor Services – 101 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 or Call 510-642-5215


 de Young – Fine Arts Museum of SF (5.8 miles – 25 min. drive)

Join us for season 9 of Friday Nights at the de Young. These after-hours art “happenings” include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours.


 The Stinking Rose Restaurant (1.5 miles – 10 min. drive)

When in San Francisco, all you have to do is “follow your nose” and it will lead you to one of The-City-By-The-Bay’s most unique and entertaining dining experience…The Stinking Rose: A Garlic Restaurant.

325 Columbus Avenue, Call for Reservations: 415-781-7673