San Fran Survival Guide

You’re only in San Francisco for four days (a quarter of a house fly’s lifespan) so how do you make the most of it? Don’t spend the next half-hour searching Google. Check out these five survival tips instead.

And don’t forget to stop by our booth at the NAA Education Conference & Exposition. We’ll be handing out free San Fran survival packs while supplies last at booth #1107.


The last souvenir you want to bring home is bed bugs. Even the best hotels can have them, so we recommend you S.L.E.E.P. during your stay.
Survey all bed surfaces. Tiny, ink-colored spots are a sign of bed bugs.
Lift the mattress and furniture to look for bed bug hiding spots.
Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall.
Examine your luggage while repacking.
Place all clothing immediately in the dryer on high heat when you return home.

Travel with a jacket and comfy shoes

Some believe Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” While the average June high of 66 degrees is not freezing, bring a light jacket, especially for when the morning and afternoon fog rolls in. Wear comfortable shoes, too. A flea can jump 150 times its own height, but you can’t, so good shoes are necessary for walking up Coit Tower, Twin Peaks or the city’s more than 40 named hills. If you forgot either of these, Union Square is a half-mile from the conference and has the city’s best shopping.

Get caffeinated before the conference

Monarch butterflies migrate up to 2,500 miles each fall. Once you migrate into San Francisco, recharge with some great coffee. Stop by Blue Bottle Coffee — just a short walk from Moscone Center — for a breakfast sandwich and a cup of joe. Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which got its start in the Bay Area, is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Ride the Cable Car

Riding the iconic cable cars is a must do, and thankfully the Powell Street Station is a three-block walk from Moscone Center. Take the Powell-Hyde car two miles – the distance an average honey bee can travel from the hive to forage for nectar — to Victorian Park. From there, it’s a short walk to Fisherman’s Wharf, but make a pit stop at The Buena Vista Café for their signature Irish coffee. And don’t forget to check out the famous sea lions at Pier 39.

Eat from one side of the city to the other

San Francisco is a world-class foodie hub, so there’s not enough room to talk about every great restaurant. Here are just a few of the city’s best foods: For a nice dinner, it’s worth driving across town to Cliff House, which features stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The Ocean Beach sand dunes, which the restaurant overlooks, are home to 50 species of beetle alone. After dinner, head to Café Trieste for the same espresso Francis Ford Coppola drank while writing The Godfather screenplay, or stop by The View on the 39th floor of the Marriott Marquis for the city’s best skyline views.
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