If you’re traveling San Francisco for Eloqua Experience this week, it’s likely not for your first go around. If you have been here before, you probably have already covered the basic attractions, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Warf, or Alcatraz.
So, to give you a special insider’s guide to the city, we’ve compiled a list of recommendations from the Eloqua team’s San Francisco natives.
Despite its countless tourist attractions, the city of San Francisco is perhaps best defined by its neighborhoods. It sits on 47 hills in approximately 47 square miles with nearly as many distinct and colorful neighborhoods. Each is like a mini-city into itself with favorite architecture, eateries, parks, and retail shops. Check out some of our team’s favorite places and spaces:
- The Embarcadero- The shell of the 19th-century seaport has been inhabited and variously built over with a shopping mall, market plaza, ferry terminal, bay front restaurant, and condominiums. It’s a short walk from the event locale and offers a little something for everyone. HOT SPOT: While marketers are always talking about finding the right balance of art and science, we think you might find it here at TCHO Chocolate Factory (the daily public tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. are free)! Right on the waterfront at Pier 17, you can learn from master chocolate scientists all about the deep specifics of one of the world’s greatest substances.
- Golden Gate Park – For those of you who are new to the city, or just haven’t quite made the bridge a priority visit, check out one of the biggest and best urban parks in the world. It’s a beautiful time of the year to visit (the weather this week will be in the sunny 70s!) We recommend riding a bike to there to help you navigate the large space. HOT SPOT: There are too many to list, but because it’s not every day one has the opportunity to encounter the Bison, check out Bison Paddock, a large enclosing where these beautiful animals sleep, eat, and live. Situated along John F. Kennedy Dr., the Bison Paddock is an exhibit of the San Francisco Zoo.
- The Mission – A real Mission Burrito (not “mission-style” burrito), likely calls for a BART (or Bay Area Transit Ride) adventure to 16th street or 24th street in the Mission District. A San Franciscan always seems to have their favorite one (and will often argue that their favorite is the best!) Check it out for yourself and let us know your consensus! HOT SPOT: After you’ve had your burrito, channel your inner marketing nerd with a little dose of pop culture at the Cartoon Art Museum. The museum is currently celebrating the historic 25th anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series of all time, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, where you can check out more than 75 pieces of original artwork.
But wait…there’s more! Check out our partners’ perspectives of San Francisco:
- Our Type Five Picks for Eloqua Experience 2013 by Jessica Fewless / Demandbase
- My Must-Attend Sessions at Eloqua Experience 2013 by Brian Hansford / Heinz Marketing
- 13 Expert Tips For Getting the Most Out of Eloqua Experience by Chad Horenfeldt / Influitive
- The Content Marketer’s Guide to Eloqua Experience 2013 by Jesse Noyes / Kapost
We can’t wait to see you this week! Forget to register online? Don’t fret. You can register tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 22 from 1-7 p.m., or Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. onsite At The Hilton Union Square. Follow the event discussion on Twitter with the hashtag #EE13.