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One Day "Must Sees" in San Francisco

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San Francisco is a great city for walking but also has easily manageable public transportation to help you get around. There is lots to see in one day by foot and cable car/trolley/bus.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie

17 Places

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17 Places

Pier 39

Piers & Boardwalks

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Golden Gate Park

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Handlery Union Square Hotel

Hotels

Union Square

Shopping Malls,

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

Musee Mecanique

Speciality Museums

Uncle's Cafe

Restaurants

Fisherman's Wharf

Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Scenic Walking Areas

Haight-Ashbury

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

San Francisco Bay

Bodies of Water

San Francisco Bay Bridge

Bridges

Ghirardelli Square

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks,

Cable Car Museum

Speciality Museums

Nob Hill

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Ocean Beach

Beaches

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas

54Nancy54's City Tips

  • *You can take BART from the airport to downtown San Francisco at a fraction of the cost of a cab. * Union Square is a centrally located spot for shopping, dining, theater, and public transportation. *Get a multi-day pass for cable cars/trolley/busses if you will be in town three days or more. It is cheaper and much easier to use than purchasing individual tickets.
  • Pier 39
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    THE tourist spot in San Francisco. All the junky tourist shops you would want but what a fantastic view from the pier's end.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Walk the length of the pier to THE prime scenic spot by the bay.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bucket List 19/11/2018
    • Holiday 19/11/2018
    • Pier 39
    Address:
    Beach Street & The Embarcadero
    Parking area
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-705-5500
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    It's crowded, full of energy and adventure, as well as tourist traps. It's like you've stepped into a time and culture warp.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Keep up with the crowd.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    • Must see 18/11/2018
    • A must see on your San Fran adventure 14/11/2018
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    Grant Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Phone:
    +1 888-212-3203
    Other:
  • Golden Gate Park
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    This is one of the great public parks in our country.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk the entire length, from Haight-Ashbury to Ocean Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Walk , Walk and more walk 19/11/2018
    • Beautiful area 19/11/2018
    • Golden Gate Park
    Address:
    501 Stanyan St
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1898
    Phone:
    (415) 831-2700
    Other:
  • Handlery Union Square Hotel
    Hotels
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    A gem of a small(ish) hotel in a central location.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Get a room fronting Geary St. but at least five floors up to avoid city noise.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 233 Hotels in San Francisco
    • Comfortable, clean and perfect for visiting Union Square 19/11/2018
    • Disappointing - old hotel but without the charm factor. 19/11/2018
    • Handlery Union Square Hotel
    Address:
    351 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102-1801
    Phone:
    (415) 761-4184
    Other:
  • Union Square
    Shopping Malls,
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    This is the heart of downtown San Francisco. From shopping, to dining, to people watching, you can't do any better.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • There's always something happening in Union Square. Grab a coffee or ice tea and take in a free art show or mini concert.
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    • """Love the smell of Napalm in the Morning""" 18/11/2018
    • Shop till you drop 15/11/2018
    • Union Square
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    Not as touristy as other spots and the food is darn good and moderately priced.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Get a seat by the window.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #227 of 4,396 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Poor service, mediocre expensive food 19/11/2018
    • An amazing repast 19/11/2018
    • Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
    Address:
    Pier 39
    #103
    San Francisco, CA 94133-1010
    Phone:
    +1 415-989-7437
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$20
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Musee Mecanique
    Speciality Museums
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    An odd little museum filled with mechanical oddities that could entertain for minutes or hours. Your choice.

    Good for
    • Family
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • It's a free attraction in an expensive city. You must stop in when in the area!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free walk 19/11/2018
    • Free entry 16/11/2018
    • Musee Mecanique
    Address:
    Pier 45, Fishermen's Wharf
    foot of Taylor Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-346-2000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Uncle's Cafe
    Restaurants (Asian, Chinese)
    54Nancy54 Says:

    This is the real hole-in-the-wall restaurant that locals frequent.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It's worth the wait to dine with locals.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2,780 of 4,396 restaurants in San Francisco
    • Surprising lettle restaurant 04/03/2018
    • Good lunch in Chinatown 15/10/2016
    • Uncle's Cafe
    Address:
    65 Waverly Pl
    San Francisco, CA 94108-2118
    Phone:
    +1 415-982-1954
  • Fisherman's Wharf
    Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Scenic Walking Areas
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    An iconic (and touristy) spot not to be missed. Enjoy it for an hour, then move on to something else.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Hang on to your purse/wallet. Every touristy store you can think of is here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A local street always abuzz with action 19/11/2018
    • Over rated 19/11/2018
    • Fisherman's Wharf
    Address:
    Jefferson Street
    Between Hyde and Powell Streets
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-673-3530
    Other:
  • Haight-Ashbury
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    Peace out. If you grew up in the '60s and '70s you've got to visit this now gentrified area of the city.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Catch a bus from Powell and Market to the neighborhood. One end of Golden Gate park starts in this neighborhood.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hippie Culture 18/11/2018
    • Don't miss out on the guides tour! 12/11/2018
    • Haight-Ashbury
    Address:
    Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Other:
  • San Francisco Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    One of the most beautiful and photographed bodies of water in the world.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    Tips
    • It costs nothing to walk along the Embarcadero and enjoy the view.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • San Francisco 19/11/2018
    • a fun walk around 17/11/2018
    • San Francisco Bay
    Phone:
    +1 415-788-2222
    Other:
  • San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Bridges
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    One of the most beautiful and photographed bridges of the world now illuminated with a moving LED display.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    Tips
    • It's free to sit along the Embarcadero and enjoy the nighttime light show.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great view day and better at night. 18/11/2018
    • Spectacular 13/11/2018
    • San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Address:
    Highway 80 West
    San Francisco, CA 94105
    Phone:
    +1 510-286-4444
    Other:
  • Ghirardelli Square
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks,
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    A great place for tourist food, shopping and view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Enjoy the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing chocolate! 19/11/2018
    • Chocolate 18/11/2018
    • Ghirardelli Square
    Address:
    900 N Point St
    At Polk Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109-1192
    Phone:
    +1 415-775-5500
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Cable Car Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    It's free and you can hop on and off a cable car to get here.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You'll only need 30 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fascinating 🚋museum 08/11/2018
    • Fascinating to see the powerhouse 07/11/2018
    • Cable Car Museum
    Address:
    1201 Mason St
    San Francisco, CA 94108-1071
    Phone:
    +1 415-474-1887
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Nob Hill
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    An impressive hill with impressive history and architecture.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Wear sneakers.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #62 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive Architecture and Fine City Views 01/11/2018
    • So much to enjoy 11/10/2018
    • Nob Hill
  • Ocean Beach
    Beaches
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    A fabulous beach in one of the world's greatest cities. What's not to love?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk through Golden Gate Park to get here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    • Last beach on the west 19/11/2018
    • It’s a beach 14/11/2018
    • Ocean Beach
    Address:
    Fulton St & Great Hwy
    Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    Other:
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    54Nancy54 Says:

    Another reason Golden Gate Park is a must if you are a nature lover.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can enjoy much of this property without purchasing a ticket. Do so if you are under time constraints.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 705 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really peaceful place to visit for an hour 07/11/2018
    • Lovely walk 30/10/2018
    • San Francisco Botanical Garden
    Address:
    1199 9th Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94122-2370
    Phone:
    +1 415-661-1316
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
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