San Francisco is a city where fliers are most likely to mix business with pleasure, according to Sentient Jet. But for those coming to play, the eclectic mecca offers plenty of new cuisine, culture and lodging.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco this summer will host works visiting from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.: "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art" and "Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection."
New attractions at Fisherman's Wharf this summer include a touristy theatrical production, The Dungeon, and Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction—featuring not just Kate Winslet and Leonardo DeCaprio, but also a waxen Mark Zuckerberg.
A free Sea Lion Center also has recently opened at Pier 39 as part of the Aquarium of the Bay.
Several hotels have just completed upgrades, renovations or an expansion—including the Mandarin Oriental, the Galleria Park Hotel, The Fairmont, Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf and the Inn at the Presidio. The Singapore-based Grace International group has also just opened the The Scarlet Huntington in Nob Hill following a $15 million renovation.
San Francisco in 2013 recorded a total of 16.9 million visitors, a 2.3 percent increase from the year before. Spending was up 5.1 percent, to a record $9.38 billion, according to the San Francisco Travel Association.