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San Francisco: City by the Bay

May 11, 2006
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MTT-S members, guests and exhibitors to our sparkling city by the bay. It is no wonder that Northern Californians call it “The City”, a collage of diverse cultures, styles of architecture, eclectic neighborhoods and historic landmarks. It truly inspires so many travelers to feel as Tony Bennett so aptly sang it… “I left my heart in San Francisco.”

While we think of San Francisco as being born with the Gold Rush, the founding fathers of the city were really many, starting with the exploration of the San Francisco Bay Area by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in 1542, who were followed by Sir Francis Drake in 1579. The entrance to San Francisco Bay, La Boca del Puerto, was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1769.

In 1776, a year after the Continental Congress was naming Ben Franklin the first Postmaster General, the first colonists arrived on the hilly landscape over-looking the bay. These explorers were greeted by members of the Ohlone tribe of indigenous people. These first explorers founded the Presidio, while at the same time the Franciscans established the sixth mission to be built in California, La Mision de San Francisco, the Mission Delores. The first celebration of a mass at Mission Delores came five days prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

From 1820 to 1848 San Francisco was a destination for ships from the east coast, coming around the tip of South America, a six-month voyage bringing visitors to visit Spanish towns and the missions. The first visitors to stay in this Spanish-governed region were trappers and hunters in search of furs, and settlers in search of land.

And finally in 1849… Eureka! Gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of San Francisco and the stampede began. The population of San Francisco in 1847 was less than 400; by the end of 1849 there were between 20,000 and 25,000 residents. By 1860 there were over 56,000 people. The city’s first mint was built in 1874 and was one of the busiest in the country during this age of prosperity. The cast of characters in this influx set into motion an ever-changing face to the city, and has drawn people the world over to San Francisco to explore, visit and settle in this magic place.

San Francisco’s second birth was presaged when the boom years came to a crashing end on the 18th of April, 1906, after the famous earthquake and subsequent fire hit the city. The city flag depicts a phoenix rising, defining San Francisco as a city that endures and prospers.

The best way to truly appreciate San Francisco is to immerse oneself in the blend of sights, sounds and people in the streets. It is a city with a wild heart and its centralized core makes it an ideal setting for walking enthusiasts and sightseers.

Places to Visit

Alcatraz

“The Rock” is a “must see” during your stay in San Francisco. Since 1858 Alcatraz has been a fortification, a US military prison, an army disciplinary barracks, a federal penitentiary and an American Indian stronghold. To make the rounds yourself, you can pay $3.25 for an audio tour. The audio tour takes you to the actual cells, mess hall, library and the “dark holes” reserved for incorrigibles. But it is because of the scenic views that Alcatraz remains a top tourist attraction. The matchless skyline of San Francisco lies before you, framed by the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. The trip to Alcatraz begins from Pier 41 with the Red and White Fleet, where for $6.75 ($2 fee for advanced reservations) you get the ferry ride over. Admission to Alcatraz itself is free.

Chinatown

You will know you have arrived at the entrance to this celebrated community when you see the much-photographed Chinatown Gate with its dragons and carved guard dogs. You must walk through Chinatown to experience everything. Chinatown is one of the city’s most congested areas, so trying to get around by car is not recommended. Begin at Union Square and stick to Bush Street until you hit Grant. Grant Avenue is the city’s oldest street, constructed in 1834. For a walking tour, try the Chinese Heritage Walk & Culinary Walk. Call for information at (415) 986-1822.

North Beach

North Beach is also known as “Little Italy,” aptly named after the Italian immigrants who settled in this lively community and went into the fishing and produce business. Later, the area was part of the Barbary Coast, and became better known as the hub of the Red Light district. Later years brought famous poets and starving artists to North Beach, Kerouac and Ginsberg among them. Two of their familiar haunts are still there — Spec’s 12 Adler Museum Cafe (12 Saroyan Street) along with Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store (566 Columbus at Union). Today, North Beach offers up authentic Italian ristorantes, gelatos, coffee houses and cabarets.

Your tour will not be complete without walking around Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill (via Lombard Street — “The Crookedest Street In The World”), with its 1930s art deco work and a majestic view of the City by the Bay.

Golden Gate Park

Fine museums and beautiful gardens abound here. From the Japanese Tea Gardens and Strybing Arboretum, to the Botanical Gardens and its “living library” of 6000 plant species. There are five attractions that offer single admission for only $10. The ticket is good for the Asian Art Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum and Japanese Tea Gardens. Call (415) 673-6864 for more information.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Hop aboard a cable car marked “Hyde and Beach” or “Bay and Taylor” beginning downtown and hang on for the sights and sounds of San Francisco. You will pass Nob Hill and Chinatown, before winding your way over the hills to Fisherman’s Wharf, a top pick for a favorite tourist stop. Officially, the Wharf begins at the Pier 39 shopping center, and continues to Aquatic Park and Ghiradelli Square.

If you aren’t too tired and want to see more of San Francisco, here are a few additional spots to visit.

AT&T Park
Home of the San Francisco Giants

Park tours are available daily, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm rain or shine, except on game days. Cost is Adults $10, Seniors $8 and Children $5. AT&T Park is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, telephone (415) 972-1800. This is a short walk from the Moscone Convention Center.

Cable Car Museum

Visit San Francisco’s historic Cable Car Museum, 1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, telephone (415) 474-1887.

Mission Delores

See historic Mission Delores, 3321 16th Street at the corner of 16th and Dolores Streets, San Francisco, CA, telephone (415) 621-8203.

Ferry Tours of San Francisco Bay

Tour San Francisco Bay, see the city skyline from the water, on out under the Golden Gate Bridge, past Sausalito and around Alcatraz Island. Blue and Gold Fleet, Pier 41, Fisherman’s Wharf, telephone (415) 705-5555.

Grace Cathedral

Tour this famous cathedral. Tours are offered daily, Monday through Friday, 1:00–3:00 pm, Saturdays 11:30 am–1:30 pm and Sundays 12:30–2:00 pm. 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA.

If shopping is your thing, then Union Square and the area close by holds a myriad of shops, boutiques and galleries that should satisfy even the choosiest shopper.

Summer in San Francisco usually arrives later than most places. June can be sunny and bright, chilly and overcast or even foggy, so be sure to bring something warm to wear. We hope to see you at one of the spots mentioned above and enjoy your stay in the City by the Bay.

Below please find a listing of restaurants in the greater San Francisco Area.

Restaurants

AMERICAN

Cow Hollow/Union Street The Blue Light
1979 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: 415-922-5510
Fax: 415-771-0181
http://bluelight.citysearch.com

Embarcadero Boulevard Restaurant
One Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-543-6084
Fax: 415-495-2936
www.boulevardrestaurant.com

The Cosmopolitan Restaurant
Rincon Center
121 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-543-4001
Fax: 415-543-4009
www.thecosmopolitancafe.com

Delancey Street Restaurant
600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415-512-5148
Fax: 415-512-5186

One Market Restaurant
1 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1572
Phone: 415-777-5577
Fax: 415-777-4411
www.onemarket.com

Palomino
345 Spear Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-512-7400
Fax: 415-512-0648
www.palomino.com

Winterland Restaurant & Lounge
2101 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94225
Phone: 415-563-5025
Fax: 415-563-5025
www.winterlandrestaurant.com

Financial District

BIX Restaurant
56 Gold Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-433-6300
Fax: 415-433-4574
www.bixrestaurant.com

Carnelian Room
Bank of America Building
555 California Street, 52nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-433-7500
Fax: 415-291-0815
www.carnelianroom.com

Fisherman’s Wharf
Bistro Boudin Restaurant and Bar
160 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-928-1849
Fax: 415-351-5579
www.boudinbakery.com

Bristol Bar & Grill
Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
1300 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-771-9000
Fax: 415-771-7006

Buena Vista Café
2765 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-474-5044
Fax: 415-474-2207
www.thebuenavista.com

Eagle Café
Pier 39, Space 201
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-433-3689
Fax: 415-434-9253
www.eaglecafe.com

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar and Grill
Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf
555 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-563-1234
Fax: 415-563-2218
www.knucklessportsbar.com

Rainforest Café
145 Jefferson Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-440-5610
Fax: 415-440-5650
www.rainforestcafe.com

Spada Restaurant
Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf
1250 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-775-7555
Fax: 415-771-9076

Wipeout Bar and Grill
Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-986-5966
Fax: 415-982-3764
www.wipeoutbarandgrill.com

South of Market
MoMo’s San Francisco Grill
760 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415-227-8660
Fax: 415-227-8693
www.sfmomos.com

Oola Restaurant & Bar
860 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415-995-2061
Fax: 415-995-2065
www.oola-sf.com

Paragon Restaurant and Bar
701 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415-537-9020
Fax: 415-537-9021
www.paragonrestaurant.com

Town Hall Restaurant
342 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-908-3900
Fax: 415-908-3700
www.townhallsf.com

21st Amendment Brewery Café
563 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415-369-0900
Fax: 415-369-0909
www.21st-amendment.com

Telegraph Hill

Julius’ Castle Restaurant
1541 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-392-2222
Fax: 415-989-1544
www.juliuscastle.com

Union Square

Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-292-2583
Fax: 415-292-4701
www.biscuitsandblues.com

Cityscape Bar & Restaurant
Hilton San Francisco
333 O’Farell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-2189
Phone: 415-923-5002
Fax: 415-673-5163
www.cityscaperestaurant.com

Daily Grill
347 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-616-5000
Fax: 415-616-5005
www.dailygrill.com

Fourth Street Bar & Deli
San Francisco Marriott
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-442-6734
Fax: 415-486-8101
www.sfmarriott.com

Garden Terrace Restaurant
San Francisco Marriott
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-442-6043
Fax: 415-486-8101
www.sfmarriott.com

Grandviews
Grand Hyatt San Francisco

345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-403-4847
Fax: 415-392-2536
www.hyatt.com

John’s Grill
63 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-986-0069
Fax: 415-982-2583
www.johnsgrill.com

Maxfield’s Bar & Grill
Palace Hotel

2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-3402
Phone: 415-512-1111
Fax: 415-243-8062
www.maxfields-restaurant.com

Max’s on the Square
398 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-646-8600
Fax: 415-646-8610
www.maxsworld.com

Michael Mina
Westin St. Francis

335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-397-9222
Fax: 415-397-9220
www.michaelmina.net

The Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge
Westin St. Francis

335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-774-0264
Fax: 415-403-6850
www.westinstfrancis.com

Postrio
545 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-776-7825
Fax: 415-776-6702
www.postrio.com

Sears Fine Food
439 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-986-1160
Fax: 415-765-0957
www.searsfinefood.com

Skyroom Restaurant
Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel

609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-673-6672
Fax: 415-441-3649
www.marineclub.com

Vignette
665 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-956-2972
Fax: 415-362-8088
www.vignetterestaurant.com

Van Ness
Interlude Bar & Grill Restaurant
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-441-4000
Fax: 415-776-7155
www.holiday-inn.com/sfo-golden

Max’s Opera Café
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-771-7300
Fax: 415-474-9780
www.maxsworld.com

Tommy’s Joynt
1101 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-775-4216
Fax: 415-775-3322
www.tommysjoynt.com

CHINESE

Chinatown
Brandy Ho’s Hunan Food

217 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-788-7527
Fax: 415-788-7528
www.brandyhos.com

Cathay House
718 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-982-3388
Fax: 415-982-4330

Empress of China
838 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-434-1345
Fax: 415-986-1187
www.empressofchinasf.com

Far East Café
631 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-982-3245
Fax: 415-362-8865
www.fareastcafesf.com

Four Seas Restaurant
731 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-989-8188
Fax: 415-989-9761
www.fourseasr.com

Oriental Pearl Restaurant
760 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-433-1817
Fax: 415-433-4541
www.orientalpearlsf.com

R & G Lounge
631 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-982-7877
Fax: 415-982-1496
www.rnglounge.com

Utopia Café
139 Waverly Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-956-2902
Fax: 415-956-1898

Embarcadero
Shanghai 1930

133 Steuart Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-896-5600
Fax: 415-896-5688
www.shanghai1930.com

Yank Sing Restaurant
One Rincon Center
101 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-957-9300
Fax: 415-957-9899
www.yanksing.com

Financial District

Tommy Toy’s Cuisine Chinoise
655 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-397-4888
Fax: 415-397-0469
www.tommytoys.com

Yank Sing Restaurant
49 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-541-4949
Fax: 415-541-0308
www.yanksing.com

Fisherman’s Wharf

The Mandarin
Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-673-8812
Fax: 415-673-5480
www.themandarin.com

Union Square

Tian Sing Chinese Restaurant
138 Cyril Magnin
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-398-1338
Fax: 415-398-3138
www.tiansingrestaurant.com

Yerba Buena

Henry’s Hunan Restaurant
110 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-546-4999
Fax: 415-227-4999

FRENCH

Union Square

Annabelle’s Bar & Bistro
68 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-777-1200
www.annabelles.net

First Crush
101 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-982-7874
www.firstcrush.com

ITALIAN

North Beach

Calzone’s
430 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-397-3600
www.calzonesf.com

Firenze by Night
1429 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-392-8485

The Stinking Rose
325 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-781-7673
www.thestinkingrose.com

Financial District

Palio D’Asti
640 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-395-9800
www.paliodasti.com

JAPANESE

Kiss Sea Food
1700 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-474-2866

Mikaku
323 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-781-6730

Sapporo-Ya
1581 Webster Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-563-7400

Niji
50 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-391-5588

Sushi Groove South
1516 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-503-1950

SEAFOOD

Castro District

Catch Restaurant
2362 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: 415-431-5000
Fax: 415-431-1744
www.catchsf.com

Embarcadero

Sinbad’s Restaurant
Pier 2, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-781-2555
Fax: 415-781-2558
www.sinbadsrestaurant.com

The Waterfront Restaurant & Café
Pier 7, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-391-2696
Fax: 415-398-0994
www.waterfrontsf.com

Financial District

Aqua Restaurant
252 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-956-9662
Fax: 415-956-5229
www.aqua-sf.com

Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant
374 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-421-0594
Fax: 415-421-2632
www.samsgrill.citysearch.com

Tadich Grill
240 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-391-1849

Fisherman’s Wharf

A. Sabella’s Restaurant
2766 Taylor Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-771-6775
Fax: 415-771-6777
www.asabellas.com

Alioto’s #8
Eight Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-673-0183
Fax: 415-931-6792
www.aliotos.com

Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar
471 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-771-2222
Fax: 415-447-4014
www.bluemermaidsf.com

Castagnola’s
286 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-776-5015
Fax: 415-776-0463
www.castagnolassf.com

Chic’s Seafood Restaurant
Pier 39, Second Level, Entrance Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-421-2442
Fax: 415-982-3764
www.chicsseafood.com

Chowders
Pier 39, A-3
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-391-4737
www.chowderspier39.com

Crab House at Pier 39
Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-434-2722
Fax: 415-434-4038
www.crabhouse39.com

Dante’s Seafood Grill
Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-421-5778
Fax: 415-434-2266
www.pier39restaurants.com

Fishermen’s Grotto
No. 9 Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-673-7025
Fax: 415-673-7984
www.fishermensgrotto.com

Franciscan Crab Restaurant
Pier 43 1/2, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-362-7733
Fax: 415-362-0174
www.franciscanrestaurant.com

Joe’s Crab Shack
245 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-673-2266
Fax: 415-673-2090
www.joescrabshack.com

McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood Restaurant
Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street, Suite H301
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-929-1730
Fax: 415-567-2919
www.mccormickandkuletos.com

Neptune’s Palace Seafood Restaurant
Pier 39
San Francisco, CA 94119
Phone: 415-434-2260
Fax: 415-434-2266

www.pier39restaurants.com

Nick’s Lighthouse
2815 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-929-1300
Fax: 415-989-1544
www.nickslighthouse.com

Nonna Rose Seafood Trattoria
7 Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-359-1200
Fax: 415-931-6792
www.nonnarose.com

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
Pier 39, Space 103
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-989-7437
Fax: 415-982-3764
www.piermarket.com

Pompei’s Grotto
340 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-776-9265
Fax: 415-776-9646
www.pompeisgrotto.com

Scoma’s Restaurant
Pier 47/One Al Scoma Way
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-771-4383
Fax: 415-775-2601
www.scomas.com

Tarantino’s
206 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-775-5600
Fax: 415-749-2097
www.tarantinosrestaurant.com

Marina District

Cafe Maritime
2417 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: 415-885-2530
Fax: 415-674-1716
www.cafemaritimesf.com

Union Square

Blupointe Raw Bar
239 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-986-4450
Fax: 415-986-4470
www.blupointesf.com

Farallon
450 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-956-6969
Fax: 415-834-1234
www.farallonrestaurant.com

Van Ness

Crustacean
1475 Polk Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-776-2722
Fax: 415-776-1069
www.anfamily.com

STEAK HOUSES

Financial District

Alfred’s Steakhouse
659 Merchant Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-781-7058
Fax: 415-397-1928
www.alfredssteakhouse.com

Fisherman’s Wharf

Compass Grill
Sheraton at Fisherman’s Wharf

2500 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone: 415-627-6565
Fax: 415-989-9757
www.sheratonatthewharf.com

Union Square

Anzu Restaurant
Hotel Nikko San Francisco

222 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-394-1100
Fax: 415-394-1102
www.restaurantanzu.com

Tad’s Steak House
120 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-982-1718
Fax: 415-982-0923
www.tads-steakhouse.com

Van Ness

Boboquivari’s The Steak
1450 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: 415-441-8880
Fax: 415-441-8805
www.boboquivaris.com

Harris’ Restaurant
2100 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-673-1888
Fax: 415-673-8817
www.harrisrestaurant.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
1601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-673-0557
Fax: 415-673-5309
www.ruthschris.com

Transportation

The City of San Francisco is located on the northern tip of the peninsula created by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the San Francisco Bay to the east. This geography determines the locations of the major roads and transit systems. San Francisco is connected to San Jose by US Highway 101, which runs south along the west side of the bay and also by Interstate 280, which runs south along the spine of the peninsula hills. San Francisco is connected to Oakland by Interstate 80 over the Bay Bridge and by Interstate 880, which runs along the east side of the bay. San Francisco is served by the Muni Transit System in San Francisco, BART Transit System to San Francisco Airport and Oakland Airport, and CALTRAIN to San Jose. Downtown San Francisco is easy to get around via the Muni transit system, taxi, or walking. The convenience of having a car in the city of San Francisco may be reduced by the limited availability of parking and its expense.

There are three nearby airports hosting all major domestic and international air carriers in the Bay Area. San Francisco International Airport is the most conveniently located and offers a greater variety of flights. However, it may have higher airfares and may be subject to flight delays during periods of low clouds. Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport may have lower airfares and may be less subject to delays.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO): The Moscone Center and conference hotels are located just 13 miles by ground transportation from the San Francisco Airport. The BART link http://www.bart.gov/guide/airport/sfo.asp compares available ground transportation and their estimated costs:

Destination
Downtown SF
Taxi: $25-$37
Shuttle Van: $12-$17
Daily Car Rental: $39-$80
BART: $4.95

The BART station nearest to the Moscone Center is either BART Montgomery St. Station or BART Powell St. Station. A map of the area may be found at http://onlysf.sfvisitor.org/maps/.

Oakland International Airport (OAK): The Moscone Center and conference hotels are located 20 miles by ground transportation from the Oakland Airport. BART is a convenient method to get to San Francisco from the Oakland Airport. Travelers may use the AirBART Bus (Shuttle) from OAK to BART according to this link: http://www.bart.gov/guide/airport/oak.asp.

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC): The Moscone Center and conference hotels are located 44 miles by ground transportation from the San Jose Airport. Caltrain is a convenient method to get to San Francisco from SJC. Travelers may use VTA Bus 10 (Airport Flyer) to get to the Cal Train Santa Clara Station. See these two links for information on SJC to Caltrain: http://www.sjc.org/travelers/maps.html and http://www.sjc.org/travelers/public.html. Travelers will need to take either a MUNI Bus, the Muni N Streetcar, or a taxi to their hotel from the San Francisco Caltrain terminal at 4th and Townsend (4th and King for the Muni N Streetcar). See San Francisco City Wide map at http://onlysf.sfvisitor.org/maps/ and MUNI map at http://www.sfmuni.com/cms/mms/home/ home50.htm.

There is no general attendee bussing between hotels and the convention center. Those with special needs should contact e.cabrera@ieee.org.

*Portions of the above information appear courtesy of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and the 2006 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium program guide.

ADDITIONAL WEB SITES

www.sanfranciscoonline.com

www.sanfran.com

http://onlysf.sfvisitor.org/

www.sfcvb.org

www.sfgov.org

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