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A Business Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco

The life of a road warrior can be exhausting, but the opportunity to travel to an exciting city on the company’s dime can make it worth the long hours. In sunny California, San Francisco is a common destination for business travelers. The city and surrounding area are home to a number of business headquarters and an especially large number of social media companies, including Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Known for its iconic bridge, delicious bread and vibrant neighborhoods, the city of San Francisco provides the travel experience of a lifetime. If you’re lucky enough to be sent to SF on business, use this guide to maximize your time in the cultural heart of the Bay Area.

Where to Stay
When it comes to hotels, road warriors who want to experience as much as possible in a short period of time should consider staying in Union Square. The square is a major tourist destination near the theater district, and it’s surrounded by upscale boutiques, art galleries and department stores. Try The Inn at Union Square, which Trip Advisor ranked as the third best hotel in the city. The inn features free WiFi, a business center and complimentary breakfast.

If work is your top priority, Oyster.com named Le Meridien San Francisco as the city’s top hotel for business travelers. The hotel is located in the heart of the financial district and offers guests a business center, two on-site restaurants and access to 24-hour room service. These amenities are all perfect for road warriors on a tight schedule. In addition to all the business perks, Le Meridien provides just as much comfort as convenience. The hotel features all the amenities of a luxury hotel, including bathrobes in each room, a fitness facility and an overnight shoe polish service.

Be sure to at least catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge before leaving San Francisco. Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge before leaving San Francisco.

What to Do
If you have some time during the day and the weather is nice, go for a stroll through the beautiful Golden Gate Park. While there, you can unwind and enjoy a cup of tea in the tranquil Japanese Tea Garden or explore the exhibits of the critically-acclaimed de Young Art Museum. For science enthusiasts, a trip to the California Academy of Sciences is a must.

For the quintessential San Francisco tourist experience, spend an evening at Pier 39 enjoying clam chowder in a bowl of authentic San Francisco sourdough bread while watching the sun set over the bay. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some sea lions basking on the docks. After dinner, don’t forget to stop by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory for dessert. The caramel sea salt chocolate sundae will make up for even the most stressful of business meetings.

Be warned,  you’ll need to pack layers when traveling to SF. Whatever you decide to do with your free time, when the fog rolls in, it’s going to get chilly, even if you’re visiting in the middle of the summer.

“Cable cars will only get you so far in San Francisco.”

How to Travel
While the iconic cable cars are worth a ride, they’ll only get you so far. When visiting San Francisco for business, use GroundLink’s black car service to travel in style to and from the SFO or OAK airports and anywhere in between.

“From the confusing one-way streets to the notoriously winding Lombard Street, San Francisco’s roadways can present a challenge to even the most seasoned traveler,” said GroundLink CEO Liz Carisone. “Let GroundLink navigate the city for you so that you can focus on the business portion of your trip.”

San Francisco airport transportation has never been easier. Simply use GroundLink’s  car service mobile app to schedule your ride with one of our top-of-the-line drivers.  When your flight lands or when you need a ride from your hotel back to the San Francisco Bay Area airports, GroundLink will pick you up on-time and deliver you to your destination hassle-free.

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