Fact: Cable cars are very touristy. Fact No. 2: They’re also very fun to ride. Hop on the only moving national landmark along the Powell/Hyde line so your guest can experience the joy that is the wind in their hair and amazing Bay views as they glide down the hill in a vehicle that is part of the world’s last manually operated cable car system. Take it all the way to the waterfront and then...
Buena Vista is known for being the first place to serve Irish coffee in the US, and it’s damn delicious. Plus, after playing tourist guide for so many days, you’re definitely going to need a boozy beverage... but also a pick-me-up. Irish coffee gives you both at once. Hoorah!
Is this tropical tiki bar a little cheesy and overpriced? Absolutely. But will your guest love being surprised by the thunder and lightning storms while sipping on a mai tai and listening to the band on a floating barge in the middle of the swimming pool-turned-lagoon perform? We think so. Just don’t let them drink too many boozy rum cocktails as there’s a $500 fine for anyone who jumps in the pool, something that happens more often than (or maybe *just* as often as) you’d think.
You could choose between dinner or a relaxing soak... or you could go to Onsen and get both. Start with a dip in the 104-degree communal tub and then take a sauna, a steam, and a cold plunge. Once you’re all loosened up, head to the dining room and enjoy sashimi, skewers, dumplings, and sake.