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One Week in San Francisco

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One of the nicest things about visiting San Francisco is that, although the city is “big” in terms of attractions and amenities, it is geographically small – only 49 square miles. Consequently, it is very easy to see and do a great many things in a short period of time.

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  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Big Bus San Francisco

Bus Tours, City Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Alcatraz Island

Historic Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

North Beach

Neighbourhoods

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Golden Gate Park

Parks

Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges

Twin Peaks

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Mountains, Lookouts

Mission District

Neighbourhoods

The Castro

Neighbourhoods

The Embarcadero

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

San Francisco Travel's City Tips

  • Don’t let the fog discourage you from exploring out in the western parts of the city. The Golden Gate Bridge, Ocean Beach, and Golden Gate Park are worth the visit.
  • Parking can be expensive, so it's best to take public transportation.
  • San Francisco is a very walkable city. So strap on your walking shoes and be prepared to explore by foot.
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    Big Bus San Francisco
    Bus Tours, City Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Enjoy an open top double decker hop-on/hop-off tour, stopping at 20 major sites and attractions around the city, including crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. The loop is 2.5 hours if you stay on the bus for the entire duration of the tour. You have the option of listening to a live tour guide in English or recorded commentary offered in 10 different languages.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you book the day or Sausalito tour, be sure to get a seat on top of the double decker. The experience from above while riding over the Golden Gate Bridge is amazing.
    • The night tours are cold, so plan to bundle up.
    • Even though this is a bus tour, prepare to do some walking to your destination. Also, bus stops are not marked, so pay attention to where you get off.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 296 Tours in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to see a city 17/11/2017
    • Great value 15/11/2017
    • Big Bus San Francisco
    Address:
    99 Jefferson Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133-1217
    Phone:
    +1 415-433-1657
    Other:
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    Alcatraz Island
    Historic Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there. Though several tried, no inmate ever made a successful escape from “The Rock.” The prison was closed in the 1960’s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alcatraz today is fascinating. Recorded cell-house tours are available, allowing visitors to learn about the prison as they explore the buildings and grounds.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book your Alcatraz tour at least 3-5 days ahead of time as tours sell out quickly.
    • Dress comfortably. It can get windy on the island, and you will be doing a lot of walking.
    • For a blend of history and storytelling, take the audio tour. It's worth it, and best of all, is included in the price of admission.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit 18/11/2017
    • Loved the Bar Spreaders 18/11/2017
    • Alcatraz Island
    Address:
    Pier 33
    B201 Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Phone:
    +1 415-981-7625
    Other:
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    North Beach
    Neighbourhoods
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all. It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops centered near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues. The beautiful Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay. Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling murals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Explore the steps of Telegraph Hill near Coit Tower. Chances are you'll see flocks of parrots which call the area home.
    • Spend the afternoon at Washington Square Park with a picnic basket. It's great place for people watching.
    • The Beatnik spirit lives on in North beach. City Lights Books, Caffé Trieste and Vesuvio are a few places that Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti frequented.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Our frequent haunt 08/11/2017
    • The Best Part of San Francisco 31/10/2017
    • North Beach
    Address:
    Broadway at Columbus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Phone:
    +1 415-678-5327
    Other:
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    Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the "Dragon's Gate." Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a "dim sum" lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to explore off of the main street Grant Street to see it a bit more outside of the tourist areas.
    • If you plan to shop or dine, make sure you bring cash. Most businesses do not accept credit cards.
    • Be sure to visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, where you can watch and sample cookies being made.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    • Feels like you’re in another city 17/11/2017
    • A little over rated 17/11/2017
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    Grant Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Phone:
    +1 888-212-3203
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    Golden Gate Park
    Parks
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Experience miles of green lawns, bridle paths, lakes, flowers amid countless trees and 7,000 kinds of plants right in the heart of San Francisco. Here you’ll enjoy a treasure of varied attractions from top museums to exquisite gardens to extraordinary events like Outside Lands—you can even see Buffalo roam.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is huge. Rent a bicycle and ride it through the park, to the beach and back.
    • Take leisurly strolls around Stow Lake and rent a rent paddle boat.
    • Hike up to Strawberry Hill for beautiful lookout points.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice area, lots to see and do 18/11/2017
    • Beautiful! 18/11/2017
    • Golden Gate Park
    Address:
    501 Stanyan St
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1898
    Phone:
    (415) 831-2700
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    Golden Gate Bridge
    Bridges
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Once called "the bridge that couldn't be built," today it is one the seven wonders of the modern world. This magnificent span, perhaps San Francisco's most famous landmark, opened in 1937 after a four-year struggle against relentless winds, fog, rock and treacherous tides.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Dress warm, even if it looks warm outside. It can get very windy on the bridge.
    • The weekends can get very crowded. If you are able to, try visiting during the weekday.
    • Head to Fort Point for a unique view of the bridge from below.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Iconic 18/11/2017
    • Spectacular! 18/11/2017
    • Golden Gate Bridge
    Address:
    Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    Phone:
    +1 415-921-5858
    Other:
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    Twin Peaks
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Mountains, Lookouts
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    A permanent fixture of the city landscape, you get your first glimpse of Twin Peaks towering over the city as you ride across the Bay Bridge. Located in the geographical center of San Francisco with an elevation of about 925 feet (282 m), Twin Peaks offers a stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the city, the bay and the ocean beyond.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to bring your camera. There are some spectacular views of the entire city.
    • For a little romance, go to Twin Peaks at night and enjoy the city lights. Be sure to bring a blanket. It can get very cold in the evening.
    • The views are impressive, but for an even better vantage point, climb the stairs to the top of each peak. You'll feel like you're floating above the whole city.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Night View to all San Francisco 15/11/2017
    • a beautiful view but sometimes in the clouds 14/11/2017
    • Twin Peaks
    Address:
    501 Twin Peaks Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    Phone:
    +1 415-831-6331
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    05:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Mission District
    Neighbourhoods
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Named for Mission Dolores founded in 1776, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood has some of its hottest new restaurants and galleries.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Stroll down Balmy and Clarion Alley and enjoy the local street art.
    • 24th Street has tons of great taquerias, cafes and boutiques. There is definitely something for everyone.
    • The Mission has a vibrant night scene. You'll always find some variation of public street art, music coming from the clubs or a great bar on every corner.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dia de los Muertos (and Other Interesting Things) 11/11/2017
    • Dia de los muertos 03/11/2017
    • Mission District
    Address:
    Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 18:00
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    The Castro
    Neighbourhoods
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    The Castro, known at the “gay capital of the world,” offers village-like amenities including pedestrian-friendly streets, Victorian homes, an array of trendy stores and outdoor cafes for the “see and scene” crowd.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Grab a beer and sit on the balcony of the Lookout for a great view of the Castro.
    • Be sure to look down when you are at the corner of Castro and 18th Street. The crosswalks were given a dramatic, rainbow facelift.
    • The Rainbow Honor Walk features 20 bronze sidewalk plaques honoring LGBT individuals who left important marks on San Francisco and the world.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting area to visit 12/11/2017
    • Nice place to hang-out with friends 12/11/2017
    • The Castro
    Address:
    Castro and Market Sts.
    San Francisco, CA 94114
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    The Embarcadero
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Sea captains and captains of commerce, the old haunts of the Barbary Coast and an island with worldly airs yield a bounty of fun. Lined with deep-water piers, The Embarcadero is literally where one embarks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is fantastic art along the Embarcadero. Take a stroll towards Folsom Street, and you'll see a larger than life bow and arrow called Cupid's Span.
    • Pop over to the Ferry Building on Saturday mornings for the farmer's market and brunch for some local flavor.
    • If you'd rather not explore the Embarcadero by foot, take the historic MUNI F-Line street car.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Put on your walking shoes! 11/11/2017
    • Long street ... 29/10/2017
    • The Embarcadero
    Address:
    Embarcadero Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94111
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