Tourist Tuesday: San Francisco

It’s Tourist Tuesday, a day we focus on travel destinations of interest, highlighting some of the best “don’t miss” experiences!

Today, we are focusing on San Francisco! We explore a few basics to help you on your steps towards visiting the city.

Things to do

The Embarcadero – This is the waterfront area in San Francisco, and it is home to a few wonderful (very touristy) attractions:

  •  Fisherman’s Wharf – This area is definitely touristy, but very worthwhile to see on your first (or second…or tenth) time in San Francisco.) Restaurants, Tourist shops and lots of crowds will fill the area, located right on the water.
  •  Pier 39 – This is technically in a Fisherman’s Wharf, but it deserves its own description! Just follow the sound of sea lions to the pier. You will see (and hear) the cutest (and slightly scary) sea lions right by the pier!
  •  Ghiradelli Square – Do you like chocolate? Then the Ghiradelli Factory in San Francisco is worth checking out! We are pretty sure chocolate tastes even better at the factory, anyway!

The Bay – The Bay is a huge draw for San Francisco, and you can organize your time to take full advantage of being on the water.

  • Golden Gate Bridge – From the water or the Waterfront land, you will have a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is iconic and a “must do” in San Francisco. There are several places around the city to get stunning views, including Muir Beach, a lookout easily accessible by uber or car. Some of the most iconic photos of the bridge can be taken there!
  • Bay Tour – If you have time, hop on a Boat Tour out of Fisherman’s Wharf. It will be a bit windy, but being out on the water will allow you to see a whole new side of San Francisco. plus, most take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and up to Alcatraz, which are both amazing to see close-up!
  • Alcatraz Tour – Alcatraz is so unique and famous, and getting a Tour is a great idea. Many people have that idea though, so be sure to book your tour early to avoid missing out.

Lombard Street – This steep, iconic street is totally worth seeing! It is unique because the street zig-zags up and down it’s steep hill. Be warned, it is incredibly Steep, so be sure that everyone you are traveling with are comfortable with that!

Bus Tour – Sure, it’s touristy. But it’s always helpful to take a tour of the city and see what areas attract you. Many tours will take you all throughout the city, through various unique local neighborhoods and tourist attractions.

The Painted Ladies – The iconic rows of colorful Victorian homes is symbolic of San Francisco, and seeing them is well-worth the photo op.

Cablecar Rides- They are iconic and well worth the ride! Find a departure point and enjoy!

Other Neighborhoods to see:

  • North Beach – This is an area loved by locals and tourists. Bars, restaurants and local establishments make this place family, and it also it the Little Italy section of the city, which is clearly worthy of a visit!
  • Chinatown – San Francisco‘s Chinatown is famous for being the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia. Go check it out!
  • Union Square – This area is close to ge financial district.  It’s home to shops, hotels and restaurants, but it’s also the location of several workplaces.

Where to stay?

Honestly, this is up to you. We stay in Union Square, but some tourists choose to stay closer to the Pier.  Once you know where you’d like to spend your time, you can make a better decision!

Transport

Parts of San Francisco is walkable, but it’s unlikely you will feel like walking up and down the huge hills without the help of public transportation. Uber and public transport are both great options! Many neighborhoods are very walkable.

You can fly into SFO or OAK airports easily. Both service the entire San Francisco Bay Area!

 

There are numerous resources online to help you in your search if this is interesting to you! Have an awesome time!

Have any additional suggestions on this area? Comment below!

 

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