Visitors Guide to San Francisco

San Francisco attracts more than 16 million annual visitors from around the world. This dynamic, thriving city is famous for its eclectic architecture, classic cable cars, steep rolling hills, and world-class restaurants.

Visitors Guide to San Francisco

San Francisco, first settled in 1776 by Spanish colonists, is one of California's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a small Spanish colony eventually evolved into a diverse center for social and political change. San Francisco has since become the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.  

Known for its unparalleled sophistication, class, and style, San Francisco offers

And much more! Visit San Francisco Travel for more information.

Want more information while in San Francisco? Visit the new San Francisco Visitor Information Center (VIC) inside The Moscone Center at 749 Howard Street near Fourth Street.  The VIC hours can be seen below.  View additional information here.

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Weekends and Holidays 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Weekends when convention is in progress 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

View safety tips for your trip to San Francisco.

Childcare Options in San Francisco

As you plan your trip to the Symposium, we know that the logistics of childcare are important, whether that includes making arrangements for help at home while away, or bringing the family with you on your trip.  Below are some options to consider as you make your plans. In addition, we also suggest calling your hotel after you’ve made your reservation to see if they have any additional suggestions. 


This listing is provided solely as information for the convenience of Symposium Attendees, and is based on information made publicly available on the internet. ASCO does not endorse or recommend any specific child care provider or individual person, including any listed herein. ASCO has not conducted any inspection of any of the child care providers listed and does not guarantee nor warranty, either express or implied, the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or reliability of any childcare providers or information associated therewith. ASCO expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any current or future problems that may arise with regard to child care. All Symposium Attendees are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a childcare provider.

Symposium Age Policy

The Symposium has an age policy that requires that only those age 18 and older enter session rooms or the Posters, Exhibits, and Food Service Room due to the sensitivity of presentations and for the courtesy of other attendees. Please keep these age requirements in mind when planning your trip.

The following information is taken directly from materials provided by the childcare services themselves

American Child Care, INC


  • Offering sitting services for traveling parents in need of care.
  • ACC requests 24 hour notice when making a reservation. Quite often they fill last minute requests. If childcare is requested for multiple days, ACC tries to keep the same nanny. The nanny’s hours are flexible and up to the parent’s schedule. Fees are $40 per hour with a 4-hour minimum for one child.

Destination Sitters, LLC


  • Destination Sitters is the premier childcare referral service in California and Nevada, offering sitting services for traveling parents in need of care.  
  • It is best to book at least 24 hours in advance to match your children with the best babysitter, but they will make every effort to book your sit with less notice and can usually accommodate you on the same day. They do not charge a late booking fee. Fees start at $28 per hour for one child with a 4-hour minimum for one child.