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Lodging for the American River near San Francisco Bay Area

Boaters looking for a place to stay near the South, Middle, or North Forks of the American, can choose some of the most well-known San Francisco hotels in the Bay Area.

San Francisco is the city in Northern California for whitewater enthusiasts ranging from tech industry boaters who live there year-round to the international traveler who is looking for a California adventure.

Adventure travelers will find picturesque hotels and tourist areas in the San Francisco Bay Area near shopping, museums, performance art and natural beauty. Just three hours away, is the famous American River whitewater. The South Fork of the American, Middle Fork American and North Fork American are the most popular rivers in the western United States and should be included on any travelers itinerary. Several other challenging rivers are nearby such as the Tuolumne and Merced River in Yosemite Valley.

Most hotels in San Francisco also provide top notch restaurants for your convenience and offer concierge services. American River trips are a must do here in California. Click here for a description of American River whitewater.

Hotels

Argonaut Hotel - A favorite hotel of boutique style hotels, this is part of the luxury Kimptons located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. (415) 563.0800

Clift San Francisco Hotel Part of the Morgans Hotel Group, Clift San Francisco is a mix of old-world elegance with a contemporary glamour. Nearly a century-old, the Clift captures San Franscico's personality of elegance, sophistication and charm. Near Union Square and Nob Hill. (415) 775.4700

Hotel des Arts - Perfectly situated for business or pleasure, this newest addition to boutique hotels is located in the French Quarter. Union Square shopping, the Financial Distric and Chinatown is nearby. (800) 956.4322

Sir Francis Drake - Legendary classic and historic hotel in San Francisco's most famous shopping district, Union Square. Elegance and style, fine dining and luxury suites. Another Kimpton Hotel offering. (800) 795.7129

St. Regis - A historic building, this 40-story tower is a refined modern interpretation of the St. Regis legacy. The Museum of the African Diaspora, Museum of Modern Art, SOMA district. An artful presentation with extraordinary service. (415) 284.4000

The Fairmont San Francisco Luxury Hotel - This is a world-reknown hotel offering impeccable service and memorable experiences. Take the cable car to Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. 591 guestsrooms and suites along with fine dining with three restaurants and lounges. (415) 772.5000

Things to Do

The Golden Gate Bridge is a drivable, walkable bridge of uncommon beauty. Views are spectacular of the bay and San Francisco. A top site for any world traveler.

The Golden Gate Park Large, safe and beautiful natural park located in San Francisco city. Arboretum of plants from around the world, Conservatory of Flowers offering a rainforest like environment of orchids and exotic plants, de Young Museum of Art which is an architectural wonder of the world filled with classic art and hiking, biking, rollerblading for visitors.

The Union Square Shops is a shoppers haven of luxury shops. You will find Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Betsey Johnson, Macy's, The North Face and more.

The Chinatown San Francisco is the oldest and largest Chinatown outside of Asia in North America. The area is one of the top sites for tourism in San Francisco. A must see!

The Fisherman's Wharf is a must do in San Francisco. Historical, cultural and a waterfront community still alive with residents, boats and a beautiful picturesque view of the bay. Take the cable car and visit the #1 visitor destination. Many events are available at the wharf, check the link above for more information.

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