Travel Information

Experience San Francisco!

We’re excited to have you join us in the City by the Bay for the 2024 Annual Meeting. While you’re here we hope you enjoy the sights and cuisine that make San Francisco so unique!

Culinary Highlights

From farm-to-table to modern takes on cultural cuisine, explore why San Francisco is one of the world’s best culinary cities.

Celebrate Valentine's

Did you know Annual Meeting falls over Valentine’s Day? Bring your sweetheart and enjoy San Francisco together! Check out a list of romantic things to do in San Francisco >

Health & Safety

The safety and wellbeing of the orthopaedic community is our number one priority, and especially when planning our largest in-person event of the year, the AAOS Annual Meeting. That is why part of the Academy’s Annual Meeting preparedness planning includes a robust approach to health and safety protocols.

Like other AAOS Annual Meetings, AAOS is working closely with our longtime security consultant—as well as our partners at San Francisco Travel and the City of San Francisco, including Moscone Center, hotels and the San Francisco Police Department—to ensure a safe and positive meeting experience for all attendees. Aspects of this plan include:

  • The presence of additional San Francisco staff, security and volunteer ambassadors (see below) to help direct attendees and answer questions or concerns.  
  • Street cleaning measures in the areas surrounding the convention center and nearby hotels. 
  • Shuttle service between provided between most AAOS hotels and the convention center has been expanded to 48 AAOS hotels. The 10 hotels withoutu shuttle service are within a four block radius of the convention center. View a list of shuttle routes.

Additionally, San Francisco Travel has put together this guide to highlight general safety tips while in the city.

The San Francisco Welcome Ambassadors Program is a two-year investment funded by the City and County of San Francisco and endorsed by San Francisco Mayor London Breed to help welcome visitors and workers back to downtown and to several key tourism destinations. 

Welcome Ambassadors will provide a friendly welcome to visitors and commuters/workers, offer directions and wayfinding, and answer general questions about key tourist attractions in the area. The San Francisco Welcome Ambassadors are on duty 7 days a week with a varied schedule. This map with their general locations is available for your reference. 


Planes, trains, and automobiles… learn about all the ways to travel into the city.

AAOS will provide complimentary convention shuttle service to/from the Moscone Center at designated AAOS Hotels for all Annual Meeting participants. View the Shuttle Schedule.


San Francisco weather in February is often cool and rainy with beautiful sunny days in between. Average temperatures in February are high 61°F and low 48°F.

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Continue Your Reading on San Francisco

Read a recent AAOS Now article written by Stuart Fischer, MD, FAAOS, an orthopaedic surgeon in private practice in Summit, N.J. He also serves on the AAOS Membership Council, Board of Councilors, and Committee on Evidence-based Quality and Value. Dr. Fischer writes, “It is great to be back in San Francisco after all these years. Enjoy the meeting but take time out to sample the unique pleasures of the City by the Bay.” Full article >