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NACCU 2016 in San Francisco

San Francisco offers so much to see and do! 

Best of all, the Marriott Marquis is right in the middle of downtown, within walking distance of some of San Francisco's most famous attractions.

Here are just a few options to get you started with your San Francisco adventure.

Get the CityPASS for deals on transportation and attractions.


The following companies have graciously offered special deals for NACCU attendees!

Big Bus Tours:

Get a 15% discount by checking out with the code NACCU2016


There is a hotel pickup at the Marquis every morning at 9:40am.  This will transport guests directly to Stop #1; Fisherman’s Wharf.  From there, they may begin the tour.


The closest stop after the morning pickup would be Stop #6; Union Square South ~ in front of Macy’s.  The first bus will depart at 9:00am.  This will take guests towards the Golden Gate Bridge.


The Day Tour runs from 9:00am – 5:00pm.  The Night Tour (included with the 48hr / 72hr tickets) runs from 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm.

For more information, click here


We will have 10% Visitor Passes available near the conference registration desk.

Pier 39

There will be Pier 39 Fun Pack discount booklets available near the conference registration desk.



San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival
April 16-17, 2016
The Grand Parade will be on the afternoon of Sunday, April 17 within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Green Film Festival
April 14-20, 2016
Roxie Theater, 1.9 miles from hotel

San Francisco Giants Baseball
AT&T Park, 1.0 miles from hotel
AT&T Park is a baseball park located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Since 2000, it has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants, the city's Major League Baseball franchise.

Attractions and Shopping

Free walking tours of San Francisco

Tripbuilder's Top Things to do in San Francisco

Alamo Square
1.9 mi

Alamo Square is a residential neighborhood and park in San Francisco, California, in the Western Addition. Its boundaries are not well-defined, but are generally considered to be Webster Street on the east, Golden Gate Avenue on the north, Divisadero Street on the west, and Fell Street on the south.

Alamo Square Park, the neighborhood's focal point and namesake, consists of four city blocks at the top of a hill overlooking much of downtown San Francisco, with a number of large and architecturally distinctive mansions along the perimeter. The park is bordered by Hayes Street to the south, Steiner Street to the east, Fulton Street to the north, and Scott Street to the west.

Alamo Square Park includes a playground and a tennis court, and is frequented by neighbors, tourists, and dog owners. On a clear day, the Transamerica Pyramid building and the tops of the Golden Gate Bridge andBay Bridge can be seen from the park's center. The San Francisco City Hall can be seen directly down Fulton Street. The area is part of the city's fifth Supervisorial district and is served by several Muni bus lines, including the 5, 21, 22, and 24.

Alcatraz Island
3.6 mi, including ferry ride
The National Park service strongly recommends purchasing tickets in advance.

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.

Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.

Come experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You'll be astounded by what you learn and see.

The only way to get to Alcatraz is by a ferry operated by Alcatraz Cruises, LLC. They are located on The Embarcadero near the intersection of Bay Street - just a bit south east of Fisherman's Wharf. There is no parking at Pier 33. See map below.

When in San Francisco public transportation is the best way to get around. The Muni F Line runs along Market Street (east) then turns north on The Embarcadero, and runs right past the ferry terminal (on your right) and then on through Fisherman's Wharf. For detailed information on mass transit in San Francisco please visit the San Francisco Municipal Railway web site.

Adult tickets range from $31.00 to $38.00 (as of Dec 2015) and tours are only held during scheduled time frames. Making arrangements in advance is strongly recommended. Visit for more information.

Aquarium of the Bay

3.0 mi
Approx. 3 miles from hotel
Located on San Francisco’s walkable waterfront, Aquarium of the Bay provides unforgettable encounters with local marine life that inspire both wonder and conservation. We are a division of, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and are accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco.

We focus on water, beginning at the heart—the very depths—of San Francisco Bay. Our marine nature center boasts 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained Bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals who live in the Bay and nearby waters, from octopuses to eight-foot sevengill sharks. Guests are also treated to mesmerizing walls of jellies and a chance to have up close and personal encounters with leopard sharks, bat rays, skates, and other “splash zone" animals.

Cable Cars

Cable cars are a historic symbol recognized around the globe and offer real working transportation up the steep hills of San Francisco. From Union Square to the crest of Nob Hill, cable cars offer a thrilling way to move with the City. A ride on San Francisco's cable cars may be the most iconic and memorable of your entire trip to California. Even people who might dismiss cable cars as a cheesy tourist attraction will admit that there is something incredibly romantic about these rides.

Cable Car Tickets and Operating Hours
The cable cars begin operating around 6:00 in the morning and continue until about 12:30 at night. While there is a printed schedule available from MUNI with exact times, you can expect that the cable cars generally run about every 10 minutes.

You can print out a detailed cable car map, with all of the stops and top areas in our cable car map here.

The current cable car fare (August 2015) is $7.00 and all fares are one way. There are discounted fares for seniors but only during non-peak hours. If you anticipate using the cable cars more than once in a day you should get a day pass which is $17.00. The all-day pass is also a good choice if you will be transferring from one line to another or if you will be transferring from a cable car to a MUNI bus (as no transfers are available for one-way fares).

Your one-way fare as well as your all-day passport can be purchased directly from the cable car operator on the car. The cable car operator can make change up to $20. Alternatively you can purchase your cable car tickets at the ticket booths that are located at the Powell/Market cable car turnaround, the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (also at Powell and Market) and the Hyde and Beach cable car turnaround.

.8 mi

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America. It is one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco. You can use this site to learn more about the attractions, culture, history, and events in Chinatown. If you plan to visit us, you can book a Chinatown tour, hotel rooms, and more.

Directions to Chinatown From BART
Take BART to Downtown San Francisco (exit Powell Street Station), then go above ground and transfer to 30 Stockton, 45 Union-Stockton, or cable car to Chinatown. Buses to Chinatown

Coit Tower
1.4 mi

Coit Tower, a slender white concrete column rising from the top of Telegraph Hill, has been an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline since its completion in 1933, a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents alike. Its observation deck, reached by elevator (tickets can be purchased in the gift shop), provides 360-degree views of the city and bay, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges.
Hours: 10am-5pm November through April.

Guided Tours
Docent tours are available to visitors with a complete tour of the Tower including the murals. The tours are limited to an eight (8) person maximum. The length of the tour is about 30 – 40 minutes. Visitors will learn about the Tower’s inception, the Public Work of Art Projects’ influence, and history of the twenty-six artists. A $7 fee will be charged for tours of the murals. Please visit for more information.

Ferry Building Marketplace
1.0 mi

Fishermans Wharf / Pier 39
2.0 mi

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is a world famous tourist attraction and a thriving and vibrant local neighborhood and commercial area. Home to world-class dining, shopping, hotels and endless entertainment opportunities, the Wharf is truly the place to start your San Francisco experience.

As the home of San Francisco's fishing fleet, docked along Jefferson Street, Fisherman's Wharf is the important center of our city's historic fishing industry. Along our neighborhood's "Fish Alley" you can still see fishermen at work, which is always a fun and unique San Francisco experience. The Wharf area is also the launching point for Bay cruises and charters.

Family entertainment is a neighborhood specialty. With our famous sea lions, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, Musée Mecanique, the Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39, the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien and the World War II submarine, the USS Pampanito, Fisherman's Wharf is the perfect place to bring the kids. Specialty shops and restaurants line the Wharf--including the PIER 39 and Anchorage Square shopping complexes. The world famous Ghirardelli Square has been converted to an open-air center filled with fun shops and restaurants. Here you can even see the company's original chocolate-making machines.

Ghiradelli Square
2.1 mi

Ghirardelli Square is a landmark public square with shops, restaurants and events in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, California. Ghirardelli Square is located at 900 North Point Street at the corner of Beach and Larkin Streets. Open from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. For more information visit

Golden Gate Bridge
8.2 mi (driving)

The Bridge connects San Francisco to California's northern counties. With its tremendous 746-foot tall towers, sweeping main cables, signature International Orange color, and Art Deco styling, it is a sensory experience featuring color, light, and sound. With more than 10 million annual visitors, be ready for crowds (especially during the summer) and changing weather conditions.

The all new visitor experiences are centered around an all new Bridge Plaza at the south east end. The visitor experience was recently renovated and renewed by our non-profit partner, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, as their gift to the Golden Gate Bridge in honor if its 75th anniversary which was celebrated on May 27, 2012.

Visiting the world famous Golden Gate Bridge is a unique experience for everyone. Whether you hike, walk, bike, shop, take a guided tour, or just sit back and take it all in, there is something for everyone.

The Bridge's Welcome Center offers all new merchandise and historical information. Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm, the Welcome Center is the first on-site center dedicated to telling the stories of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Center welcomes visitors, provides orientation and information services, houses exhibits, and offers high-quality commemorative and interpretive merchandise, and also showcases the original 12-foot stainless steel Bridge "test tower" used in 1933. Be sure to also check out the new ONLINE STORE.

Outdoor Exhibits
Learn about the history, science, and engineering of the Bridge's construction through interactive and stationery exhibits. Wander through the Plaza just outside the Welcome Center and follow the pathway into an old bunker that houses some of the exhibits.
For a virtual version of these exhibits, click here!

Free Walking Tours
The Parks Conservancy's Golden Gate Bridge walking tours have ceased operations. If you're interested in the history of the Golden Gate Bridge, twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) free walking Bridge tours are offered by San Francisco City Guides, a non-profit organization associated with the San Francisco Public Library. For more information and a schedule of their walks, click here!

Refresh and Enjoy at the Bridge Café
Savor a casual, healthy snack at the Bridge Café, featuring delicious local foods and beverages highlighting California’s renowned culinary bounty. The Bridge Café is open 9 am to 6 pm.

Hike and Explore
Both ends of the Bridge touch the Golden Gate National Parks. Enjoy picturesque trails and vista points in one of the world’s largest national parks in an urban area. Visit to begin your adventure.
Also, be sure to check out the new Golden Gate and Pacific Overlooks near the Bridge.

Golden Gate Park
3.0 mi
The park chronicles 200 years of history, from Native American culture, Spanish Empire frontier, California Gold Rush, evolution of American coastal fortifications, and growth of urban San Francisco; comprising of 19 separate ecosystems & home to 1,273 plant/animal species. It has hundreds of ways to recreate including horseback riding, ranger-led programs, bicycling, hiking, and walking your dog.

Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

Lands End
6.8 mi (driving)

Lombard Street
1.7 mi

Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. The street was named after Lombard Street in Philadelphia by San Francisco surveyor Jasper O’Farrell.

Lombard Street's west end is at Presidio Boulevard inside The Presidio; it then heads east through the Cow Hollow neighborhood. For twelve blocks, between Broderick Street and Van Ness Avenue, it is an arterial road that is co-signed as U.S. Route 101. Lombard Street continues through the Russian Hill neighborhood and to the Telegraph Hill neighborhood. At Telegraph Hill it turns south, becoming Telegraph Hill Boulevard to Pioneer Park and Coit Tower. Lombard Street starts again at Winthrop Street and ends at The Embarcadero as a collector road.

Lombard Street is known for the one-way block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, where eight sharp turns are said to make it the most crooked street in the world. The design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry and built in 1922, was intended to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles. It is also a hazard to pedestrians, who are accustomed to shallow inclines, up to 4.86° because of wheelchair navigability concerns. The crooked block is perhaps 600 feet (180 m) long (412.5 feet (125.7 m) straight line), is one-way (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The sign at the top recommends 5 mph (8 km/h).

The Powell-Hyde cable car stops at the top of the block on Hyde Street.

Past residents of Lombard Street include Rowena Meeks Abdy, an early California painter who worked in the style of Impressionism.

Painted Ladies
1.8 mi

Pier 39
2.0 mi

PIER 39 is a 45-acre waterfront complex that is a gathering place for millions of San Francisco locals and visitors. In addition to its 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, PIER 39 is home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a 300-berth marina. PIER 39 is known for its spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, as well as the world famous California sea lions hauled out on K-Dock. Located along the historic San Francisco Waterfront, PIER 39 is two blocks east of Fisherman’s Wharf at Beach Street and The Embarcadero. Convenient parking is available across the street in the PIER 39 Garage. For more information visit

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
.2 mi

San Francisco Zoo
9.0 mi (driving)

Union Square
.4 mi

San Francisco Union Square boasts an extensive collection of boutique and luxury retail shops, flagship hotels, art galleries, cafes, restaurants,theatres and night clubs, all surrounding a beautiful urban park. Union Square San Francisco is a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon of shopping, indulge in a delicious meal, sip a cup of coffee at an outdoor café, catch a show, grab drinks with friends or just people watch. All this plus a wide array of fabulous hotels where you can rest in comfort make Union Square San Francisco a gathering place and destination.

To plan some fun activities during your visit to Union Square San Francisco, check out our events page, which we update regularly with live concerts, theatrical performances, food and wine gatherings, movies in the park, cultural celebrations and much more.

Walt Disney Family Museum
4.0 mi
The Walt Disney Family Museum is an American museum that features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. The museum is located in The Presidio of San Francisco, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.

Yerba Buena Gardens
.2 mi

Wild SF Walking Tours
...including the spooky night tour!

Night Tours
...including a Segway tour, tour of Alcatraz, dinner cruises, and walking tours


Restaurants near the hotel

Union Square restaurants

Night Life

 Yelp's list of nightlife venues in the Union Square area

Area Tour Services

Let those in the know show you around town

Adventure Cat   
  • Bay and Sunset Cruises

  • Adventure Cat Sailing Charters

  • +1 415 777 1630

Champagne Brunch Cruise   
  • San Francisco Bay

  • Hornblower Cruises & Events

  • +1 888 467 6256

Chinatown Discovery Tours   
  • Chinatown

  • Mana, Allison & Associates

  • +1 415 474 2266

San Francisco City Tour   
  • San Francisco landmarks and attractions

  • Coach America

  • +1 415 434 8687

Sonoma-Napa Wine Tour   
  • Wine Country

  • Blue & Gold Fleet

  • +1 415 705 8200

Water Sightseeing Tours   
  • Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco Bay

  • Blue & Gold Fleet

  • +1 415 705 8200


Area Golf

Presidio Golf Course 4.2 miles   

Phone:  +1-415-561-4661

  • Rentals and Lessons

  • Driving range and Putting green

  • Presidio Golf Course:

  • 18 holes, 6,477 yards.  Par for course: 72

Harding Park Golf Course 10.2 miles   

Phone:  +1-415-664-4690

  • Greens fees apply

  • Rentals and Lessons

  • Driving range and Putting green

  • Flemming Course:

  • 9 holes, 2,165 yards.  Par for course: 30

  • Harding Park Golf Course:

  • 18 holes, 7,169 yards.  Par for course: 72

Chardonnay Golf Club 41.1 miles   

Phone:  +1-707-257-1900

  • Greens fees apply

  • Rentals and Lessons

  • Driving range and Putting green

  • Chardonnay Golf Club:

  • 18 holes, 6,948 yards.  Par for course: 72

Lincoln Park Golf Course 5.7 miles   

Phone:  +1-415-221-9911

  • Greens fees apply

  • Rentals

  • Putting green

  • Lincoln Park Golf Course:

  • 18 holes, 5,150 yards.  Par for course: 68

Olympic Club Golf Course 11 miles   

Phone:  +1-415-404-4300

  • Rentals and Lessons

  • Driving range and Putting green

  • Olympic Club Golf Course:

  • 18 holes, 7,163 yards.  Par for course: 70

Hiddenbrooke Golf Club 37.4 miles   

Phone:  +1-707-558-0330

  • Greens fees apply

  • Rentals and Lessons

  • Driving range and Putting green

  • Hiddenbrooke Golf Club:

  • 18 holes, 6,782 yards.  Par for course: 72

San Geronimo Golf Course 26.7 miles   

Phone:  +1-415-488-4030

  • Greens fees apply

  • Rentals and Lessons

  • Driving range and Putting green

  • San Geronimo Golf Course:

  • 18 holes, 6,801 yards.  Par for course: 72

Half Moon Bay Golf Links 32 miles   

Phone:  +1-650-7261800

  • Greens fees apply

  • Rentals and Lessons

  • Driving range and Putting green

  • Ocean Course:

  • 18 holes, 6,649 yards.  Par for course: 72

  • The Old Course:

  • 18 holes, 7,003 yards.  Par for course: 72

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