Rafting near Attractions & Activites in San Francisco, California
American River rafting Class 3 - 4+:
Most popular whitewater rafting trips in the West
Solid Class III-IV+ American River rafting trips can be combined with many San Francisco activities for groups and families. Just 3 hours away from the heart of San Francisco, the three forks of the American River satisfies any California whitewater rafting need. Combine your California vacation with the world-famous City by the Bay and join in on the fun things to do before and after your California river trip! Grab the Party Bus Escape and head on up. Then slow down, stay awhile and enjoy yourself in the city of the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square shopping, infamous Castro Street and North Beach dining!
San Francisco Restaurants - W.E.T. River Trips
Restaurants in North Beach, Union Square, Ghiradelli and more!
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- Ana Mandara: classic Vietnamese with French influence; lavish, beautiful; Ghiradelli Square; 891 Beach; 415.771.6800
- Chinatown Restaurants: too many to list! Walk around & step into any restaurant with a crowd!; most are inexpensive & welcome families
- Chez Spencer: Very French; flower garden; elegant bistro; in SOMA district; 82-14th St; 415.864.2191
- Bocce Cafe: inexpensive pasta; great for families; Flamenco; 478 Green St; 415.981.2044
- Caffe Trieste: first espresso coffee house in the West; bohemian, art, music; North Beach; 609 Vallejo; 415.982.2605
- Calzone's: quick meals in a pocket; inexpensive & good; 430 Columbus; 415.397.3600
- Citizen Thai & the Monkey; trendy Thai on the edge of North Beach; 1268 Grant; 415.364.0008
- Cityscape Restaurant: great SF views; Sunday brunch includes seafood, dim sum; 333 O'Farrell
- Crossing the Bar: Indian/French cuisine; easy parking; Pier 33, The Embarcadero; 415.593.0159
- Enrico's Sidewalk Cafe:Transport yourself back to sidewalk cafes in Europe; since 1958; 415.982.6223; W.E.T. staff favorite
- Macy's Cafe in Union Square: great spot for fussy eaters; get deli, dinner or just an ice cream, multiple vendors; inexpensive & quick; basement 170 O'Farrell St; 415.397.3333
- Greens: Elegant vegetarian cuisine; sophisticated & adventurous; Bld A Fort Mason; 415.771.6222
- Nieman Marcus Rotunda: elegant continental dining overlooking Union Square; great service, good food; try the Chinese Chicken Salad; 150 Stockton (top floor of store); 415.362.4777
- Postrio: Original NorCal restaurant by Wolfgang Puck; fine dining, dramatic; rave reviews; 545 Post; 415.776.8135
- Puccini & Pinetti: casual; kid friendly - let them make their own pizza; near Union Square;129 Ellis; 415.392.5500
- The Stinking Rose: All things garlic! Yummy menu right on Columbus Ave; bagna calda is the best! 415.781.7673
San Francisco Entertainment - WET River Trips
Adult Entertainment, Clubs, Bars
For dancing, clubs & bars in San Francisco
San Francisco's night scene is filled with art galleries, restaurants, trendy clubs, live music, dancing and more. Home to North Beach, the coolest and most well-known bohemian area in the City.
- Asia SF: casual/dressy nightclub in SOMA district; gender illusionists; SF destination for adults; 201 Ninth; 415.255.2742
- Bottom of the Hill: "best place to hear live music" according to Rolling Stone Mag; folk, pop, punk, alternative; 1233 17th; 415.621.4455
Cafe du Nord: music, bands, shows; very cool w/great bar food according to the SF Chronicle; 2170 Market; 415.861.5016
- Lost & Found Saloon: rock & roll bar in North Beach; $5 cover; 1353 Grant; 415.397.3751
- Haight Street: flashback to the '60's on the street where flower power still exists; hippie watching, street vendors, great breakfasts & wacky shops
- Ruby Skye: DJ, events, disco, nightclub, world class; VIP rooms; 420 Mason; 415.693.0777
- Savoy Tivoli: bar/cafe; lots of fun in a European attmosphere; crowded w/lots of locals; since 1907; 1434 Grant; 415.362.7023
- Vesuvio; next to City Lights Bookstore; since 1948 & home to '55 Beat Poets, Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac & Allan Ginsberg; artists, biz people all mingle over drinks; 255 Columbus; W.E.T. staff favorite
San Francisco Lodging, Hotels - WET River Trips
San Francisco Attractions cont...:
For additional hotels & motels in San Francisco
- Argonaut Hotel: historic,great value, unique; Fisherman's Wharf; 495 Jefferson; 415.563.0800
- Clift Hotel: old-world elegance; 495 Geary; 415.775.4700
- Donatello: a gem; 501 Post; 415.441.7100
- Doubletree Hotel (near SF airport): overlooks the bay; 835 Airport; 650.344.5500
- Fairmont Hotel: centrally located; shopping, wharf; fully restored; 950 Mason; 415.772.5000
- Four Seasons SF: 2 blocks from Union Square; 757 Market; 415.633.3000
- Holiday Inn Express: Fisherman's Wharf; family friendly; 1300 Columbus; 415.771.9000
- Hotel des Arts: quirky; art rooms; adventurous; must-see; 447 Bush; 415.956.3232
- Hotel Monaco: glamorous, classy; 501 Geary; 415.292.0100
- Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf: great location; 555 North Point; 415.563.1234
- Marriott: central location; minutes from Union Square; 55 Fourth; 415.896.1600
- Mark Hopkins: historical landmark located on Nob Hill; excellent service; 999 California; 415.392.3434
- Monticello Inn: 1906 bldg; boutique hotel near Union Square; 129 Ellis; 415.392.8800
- Omni: luxury, heart of downtown; 500 California; 415.677.9494
- Pickwick: charming, good value; 85 Fifth; 1.800.227.3282
- Best Western Miyako: right in Japantown, 1625 Post; 415.922.3200
- Savoy Hotel: character; great value; 580 Geary; 415.441.2700
- St Regis: next door to SF Museum of Modern Art; 125 3rd; 415.284.4000
- Vitale: Embarcadero waterfront; modern interiors; 8 Mission; 415.278.3700
- Westin St Francis: since 1904; legendary; 335 Powell; 415.397.7000
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San Francisco Shopping Districts - WET River Trips
Largest Chinatown outside of Asia; numerous Asian restaurants, touristy shopping, museums, Chinese New Year's Parade
- Fisherman's Wharf: Maritime Museum, Alcatraz, Cable Cars; touristy shopping; views of SF Bay, great walking
- Picturesque and touristy shopping area; a must-see; grab a shrimp cocktail from the many vendors; check out Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum.
- Haight Street Grungy, throwback to the '60's; must-see; hippie watching, trendy shops; check out the "legs" above the Piedmont Boutique; teens will love this area for alternate retro fashion ambiance! W.E.T. teen staff favorite!!!
- Ghiradelli Square
- Overlooking the wharf, home of Ghiradelli Chocolate; beautiful view; great area for a walk; lots of touristy shopping
- Japantown: shopping for hard-to-find Japanese items, books, jewelery, furnishings, hardware, food products; restaurants, sushi bars; Cherry Blossom Festival in April
- Pacific Heights
Beautiful, expensive homes; tons of small shops; restaurants
- SOMA District: warehouse district; hip, urban; artisans shops, trendy clothes, modern furniture, performance art; Rolo SoMa clothing; 1235 Howard; 415.861.4862
- Union Square
- Post, Stockton, Geary & Powell streets form a square of shopping delights; high-end shops, couture & more; includes Saks Fifith Avenue, Tiffany, Macys, Burberry, Neiman-Marcus, Betsy Johnson, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, etc.
Museums, Special Attractions & Fun for the Family
- Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, founded in 1982, contemporary ballet; critically acclaimed in USA and internationally; touring company
- American Conservatory Theatre: founded in 1965, dynamic live productions; 415 Geary; 415.749.2ACT
- Asian Art Museum: largest museum in the world for Asian art; Tues-Sun; $10/$6; First Tues each month is free; Civic Center 200 Larkin St; 415.581.3500
- Beach Blanket Babylon: longest running musical revue in theatre history!; minors welcome on Sun matinee only; must-see; 678 Green; 415.421.6788
- California Academy of Sciences: SOMA district; natural history, aquarium, penguin feeding; 875 Howard; 415.321.8000
- Cartoon Art Museum: exhibitions, special events; political, international, historical; 655 Mission; 415.227.8666
- Contemporary Jewish Museum: founded 1984; exhibits, programs; 282 Second; 415.344 8800
- De Young Museum: largest & oldest public museum in San Francisco; Legion of Honor, Fine Arts; $10/$6; Golden Gate Park; 415.750.3600
- Exploratorium: interactive exhibits; family fun; youth/teens will enjoy this exciting museum; 3601 Lyon; 415.561.0356
- Maritime Museum: historical vessels, USS Pampanito; special events; $9/$3; Pier 45 Fisherman's Wharf; 415.561.6662
- Old First Concerts: best chamber music in a classic San Francisco church; every Fri eve & Sun afternoon; 1751 Sacramento; 415.474.1608
- San Francisco Ballet: first professional ballet company in America; world-class; founded in 1933; classic & contemporary; 301 Van Ness; 415.865.2000
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: innovative, modern, contemporary; $12/$7; 151 Third; 415.357.4000
- Smuin Ballet: innovative; "hottest ticket in town;" accessible repertory; 300 Brannan; 415.495.2234
- Fisherman's Wharf is a historical site filled w/ old-time ambiance! Grab a shrimp cocktail and walk along the pier.
- Stern Grove Festival: since 1938; providing free concerts, performing art; outdoor setting; 19th & Sloat; 415.252.6252
- Wattis Institute: contemporary, leading-edge art; local, national & international; 1111 Eighth; 415.551.9210
- W.E.T. River Trips
California rafting trips on the whitewater forks of the American River; just 3 hours from San Francisco; families, teens, corporate team-building; founded 1978, California, USA
Join us for California whitewater rafting in the heart of Northern California!
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Professional White Water Rafting Guide School
Guide School - Early March - late June All applicants contact the office to sign up. See the white water guide school information for calendar dates and programs. We start March 6th and run consecutive programs until June 25th. For questions, call 1.888.723.8938. Maximum number in each session is 12 people. Buy Rafting Guide School: Whitewater Guide School (Sat - Thurs) Weekend Warrior Guide School (weekends only)
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About W.E.T. River Trips - RAFTWET.com
W.E.T. River Trips was established in 1978. Running California white water rafting rivers in California. W.E.T. River Trips is an official California State Parks concessionaire.
Permitted by United States Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, California State Parks, El Dorado County & other governing agencies.
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