“TRAVEL IS MORE THAN THE SEEING OF SIGHTS; IT IS A CHANGE THAT GOES ON, DEEP AND PERMANENT, IN THE IDEAS OF LIVING.” – MIRIAM BEARD
San Francisco is a city that encapsulates you and I can understand why those who visit sometimes never leave. The city is so vibrant and full of character and it doesn’t take long to learn your way around. I’ve composed a list of all the must-have experiences one must have when they visit!
Notorious prison & once home to Al Capone, now a museum with audio tour, accessible by ferry. Be sure to book ahead of your stay in San Francisco – it does book out!
RIDE A CABLE CAR
The world’s last manually operated cable car system and a San Francisco icon. Just jump on board and see where you end up!
VISIT THE SEA LIONS AT PIER 39
Albeit smelly, these cute Sea Lions never fail to be hanging around making a heck of noise down by Pier 39. There’s also iconic eateries, shops and entertainment close by.
CHOWDER AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF
Clam Chowder is all the rage in San Francisco, and Fisherman’s Wharf is known for its seafood, so if you’re down for some wicked chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, this is your place. For my vegan friends, don’t sweat it! Corn chowder is a thing and it’s damn good!
SHOPPING IN UNION SQUARE
One of the largest collections of department stores, boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States, Union Square is a major tourist destination and definitely worth a visit.
STROLL DOWN LOMBARD STREET
Famous for it’s steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns, Lombard Street is claimed as the most ‘crooked street’ in the world and a must visit when in San Francisco.
CHECK OUT THE CITY FROM COIT TOWER
Lillian Coit Memorial Tower, is a 64 meter (210 foot) tower built in 1933. Standing atop Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower offers panoramic views over San Francisco starting from $8USD.
LUNCH IN CHINATOWN
Being the oldest Chinatown in North America and second largest outside Asia, Chinatown in San Francisco it not just a great place for food, but also a historical and magnificent tourist destination. Wander through the streets and you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste buds.
HIRE A BIKE AND RIDE TO GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
One the day I visited Alcatraz, I hired a bike on my return and rode up to the Golden Gate Bridge and it was by far my most favourite day in San Francisco. It’s one of the only ways (besides running) that I’d recommend you see it. There is a toll for drivers who cross the bridge, but absolutely free for people to walk and ride across. If you only have time for a few things whilst you’re in San Francisco, make this one of them!
PEOPLE WATCH AT MISSION DOLORES PARK
This ‘leave no trace’ park, often abbreviated to Dolores Park, has increasingly become one of San Francisco’s hot-spots on a sunny day. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch, lay out a rug, read a book, relax and enjoy the sunshine.
STROLL ALONG BAKER BEACH AT SUNSET
A public beach on the peninsular of San Francisco roughly 800 meters long, begins just south of the Golden Gate Bridge and offers a stunning vantage point for San Francisco’s much loved bridge. The perfect way to end a day!
VISIT THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM
For all my Disney lovers, the Walt Disney Family Museum is a museum that features the life and legacy of Walt Disney. With the newest technology, historic materials, and artifacts bring Disney’s achievements to life. The museum includes interactive galleries with early drawings, animation, movies, music, listening stations, and a 12-foot diameter model of Disneyland.