This city offers so many possibilities to enjoy it: from Alcatraz to vintage streetcars, the iconic San Francisco attractions lure nearly 17 million visitors every year. I went for a long weekend there and I can say that in 4 days you can do pretty much everything! The only down thing is the city is really expensive but still you can have fun!
Here you go:
Ride a bike on the Golden Gate Bridge
I will definitely encourage you to rent a bike and cruise along the Bay until you reach the bridge, ride the length of the bridge and enjoy your day on your return. You can stop by Crissy field while biking, the view is really beautiful.
An Evening Dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf
The place to go at least once ! Fisherman’s Wharf doesn’t offer the best food but still a fun ‘must do once in your life’ experience. Highly recommended !
The Mission Lands
Interestingly, Mission District is often warmer and sunnier than the rest of the city. The Art scene and the cultural attractions are mostly Latin American like the famous Women’s building. Don’t forget to go to Dolores Park and perhaps picnic there. The view is awesome.
Any local transportation will in some way or another take you to the renowned Haight Street. Don’t forget your camera !
The Castro District
The Castro is most affectionately known for being the world’s largest and first gay community. It’s colourful, pleasant and the energy there is really something to see especially knowing that it’s the first gay neighborhoods.
Alcatraz Island afternoon
The great fortress in the middle of San Francisco Bay known as “The Rock” was a maximum-security prison that housed notorious people as Al Capone, George « Machine Gun » Kelly and Robert “the Birdman” Stroud.
Evening Shopping in Union Square
Here you’ll find everything you’re looking for such as international brands and designers !
Walk through Golden Gate Park and picnic there.
One of the largest manmade parks in the world, Golden Gate has three miles of landscaped gardens, forests and meadows that beg to be explored without the noise and interference of cars.
Go through the Japanese Tea Garden and the Arboretum, discover the rhododendron dell and rose garden, visit the park’s resident bison and windmill, or do some disco rollerskating with the pros (6th Ave and JFK Dr).
Spend a late afternoon in the country’s largest Chinatown !
Very crowded and compact, San Francisco’s Chinatown is a feast for the senses ! Start by Grant Avenue near Bush Street through the ornate Chinatown Gate with its carved foo dogs and browse the souvenir stops along Grant Avenue for kitschy trinkets and imports. Then head to Stockton Street for a taste of the real, working Chinatown, where residents shop.
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.