Perhaps there’s something in the mist creeping in off San Francisco Bay, or a magical force wrapped in each of those coveted burritos. Whatever the case, the Mission District is both vibrant and historic, artsy and unassuming. Surround yourself in colorful flashes of historic California scattered between chic boutiques and modern Mission District hotels. You’ll never be far from a family-owned taqueria or the simple stucco Mission Dolores, standing peacefully since 1776.
Visiting the Mission District
Staying in the Mission District is like straddling multiple centuries. Its timeline stretches from the before the California Gold Rush all the way up to the “dot-com boom,” and every year in between. On a sunny day, stretch out on the grass at Dolores Park, or tour the oldest building in the city while the masterminds who created your favorite phone app walk their dogs nearby.
While you could lace up your walking shoes and see the entire district on foot, San Francisco’s hills are best climbed from the driver’s seat, so rent a car in Mission District and let the salty coastal air blow in through an open window.
In the Mission’s south side, around 24th Street, the refreshing fizz of craft cocktail bars give way to Victorian walk-ups and murals splashed over brick walls. Even hotels in the Mission District capture scenes from San Francisco’s past. Experience the neighborhood’s passion for the arts at the Marsh, a local theater where small stories explore the area’s mashup of cultures and creativity. Cap your night with liquid libations conjured up by mixology mavens or settle in at a hidden gem with a round of tequila and a few good friends.
The “City by the Bay” has history and flavor on every corner. Book charming hotels near Mission District and peruse our stunning San Francisco hotels throughout the city. Your swim out to Alcatraz and back might make you sleepy.