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union square vs fishermans wharf?

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union square vs fishermans wharf?

We are coming to san fransico in september for 4 nights and have never been before we want to do all the touristy stuff but do not know whether to stop at union square or fishermans wharf??

We want to walk to as much as possible, but do not mind taking puplic transport if we have to??

please help need to book somewhere asap.

thanks

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1. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

The consensus in this forum is Union Square and the hotel most frequently recommended is the Chancellor.

There's a lot of information for you at the TouringSFO site at http://geocities.com/touringsfo/

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2. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

thanks for your reply, does anyone have any pros and cons on the 2??

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3. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

The Union Square area gives you access to all of the different kinds of public transportation available in San Francisco. If you want to go to Fisherman's Wharf you can just hop a cable car from Union Square. From Union Square you can walk to Chinatown and North Beach and even the Embarcadero if you are good walkers.

It is also a more attractive area than FW because there you will find rows of tacky booths selling souvenirs.

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4. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

OH, and Union Square is very near a lot of upscale shopping, while FW is not.

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5. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

Hi Ali,

Just back from SF yesterday and like you was not sure where to stay. Stayed at the Chancellor Hotel - very good location in the heart of everything and so easy to get about and see places. Excellent service too.Much better than Fisherman's Wharf to stay at.

Feel free to ask any other stuff as only just back and still smiling at what a great time we had!

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6. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

Thankyou evryone for you help! i think we will end up stopping at union square, its sounds like the best place for a base in san fran!

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7. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

We loved our time in Union Square, we took a cab there from the Ritz-Carlton where we enjoyed lunch. Go up to the top of the Macy's there for gorgeous views of the area, there is a Cheesecake Factory also up there. Love their Godiva Chocolate cheesecake! Have a great time in this beautiful city. :)

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8. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

Here is the article on the topic from the Inside Pages of this site:

People coming to visit San Francisco often ask "What area is best to stay in?" Although there are many great places in the city to stay, the most commonly recommended locations are Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Everyone is different, but here is the point-counter point in the age old battle of UNION SQUARE vs. FISHERMAN'S WHARF

The argument for Union Square -

Union Square is the premier area of San Francisco. The Wharf is a great place to spend the day, but Union Square is the Heart of the City. Union Square is to San Francisco what the French Quarter, Times Square, Michigan Ave and the Riverwalk are to their cities. Union Square offers a variety of hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, etc., that are unique to San Francisco.

Fisherman's Wharf, with a few exceptions, is filled with chain hotels and restaurants that have no character and once you walk inside you might as well be in Iowa. Union Square is in the center of it all. You can walk from Union Square to Yerba Buena Gardens, MOMA, Metreon, San Francisco Center, Chinatown, the Theater District, and Nob Hill. You can walk a little further to North Beach, the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero and Fisherman's Wharf or they are easily accessible by Street Car or Cable Car.

Union Square is a center for transit and all other areas are easily traveled to via bus, street car, metro or taxi. Check out www.unionsquaresf.net With regard to safety, there is no difference other than at night. There is more activity at Union Square into the night with the cable cars running until 1am or so, the theatres letting out and bars open. This means there are more people out and about and most people feel safer in active areas. Fisherman's Wharf gets quiet at night and there are not as many people on the streets around the hotels and things.

The argument for Fisherman's Wharf -

Fisherman's Wharf has the fog coming in on the bay, the fishing boats and the sound of water. It FEELS like vacation, for many travelers! And yes, it does have t-shirt and novelty stores, as well as chain restaurants -- the Bubba Gumps, the Hooters, the Rainforest Cafes -- that you find in every tourist center.

For those who have heard of it or crave it, this is the one place you can get an In-N-Out Burger in San Francisco. It's a short and easy walk to the Alcatraz ferries and to Pier 39 to visit the sea lions who have taken over the decks nearby. If you have more time you can take a beautiful walk along the waterfront to the Ferry Building further down along the Embarcadero.

When you make a grand circle by coming down Market Street up to Union Square, you can take a cable car back to your hotel, or a historic streetcar along the waterfront back. Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's connection to its rich maritime history, just right under your nose if you look for it. The Maritime National Historical Park is here, the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, one of the last of the Liberty ships of World War II is docked at Pier 45 for tours. One can also tour the USS. Pampanito, a World War II submarine at the same pier, and the tall-masted ship the Balclutha, the 1895 schooner the C.A. Thayer are berthed at the Hyde Street Pier. Teaching sailboats are berthed there. That's another local's perspective on the particular charms of Fisherman's Wharf.

Conclusion -

A lot of people like the Wharf as a place to stay and a lot like Union Square. That's why there is chocolate and vanilla. There is no right or wrong answer. As long as you are in San Francisco, it's all good. For families traveling with young kids, the Wharf is often a good choice. For international visitors who want to do the touristy things then being slap bang middle of the wharf is a great time spend your vacation whilst taking the cable car to the Square. For people traveling as a couple or alone, Union Square is an ideal choice. And for everyone else, remember San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods. There is an ideal one out there for you.

Remember, there are other areas where tourists also stay, for a variety of reasons, from North Beach, to Japantown, to the Marina district (which abounds with motor lodges with free parking for those with cars), Pacific Heights, to the out by the ocean on the Great Highway. Not all may be convenient or ideal for a first-time stay; it just depends on your travel style. Additionally, a third, popular location often recommended after Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf is the Embarcadero, which boasts waterside proximity, convenient public transit, and the Ferry Building a short walk out the door.

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9. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

Oh it is all sooo confusing! i will have to have a long hard think about it now!!

thanks

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10. Re: union square vs fishermans wharf?

It's not like it's a make or brake decision. Either way you will still have a great vacation. Most likely you won't be in your hotel much anyway, you will be out and about on the town.