This week’s Sunday Spotlight – What to do in San Francisco.
On select Sunday’s we shine the spotlight on a different city by sharing travel tips and stories written by other bloggers around the web.
We hope these blog posts will inform and inspire you to visit San Francisco.
Visiting San Francisco with kids?
San Fran is a great city to explore with kids. Be sure to check out this post before you go
What to Do in San Francisco (when it rains)
San Francisco is not famous for its weather, and chances are it could rain. Courtney Carver and her daughter spent 4 days in San Francisco and discovered that the city takes on a whole new look and feel in the rain and it’s yours to enjoy.
Food Adventures at the Ferry Building
Cassie Kifer’s favorite thing about San Francisco is its food culture and enthusiasm for local, fresh, organic, hard-to-find, and artisan-crafted food products. For this reason, the first place she always recommends first-time visitors go is the Ferry Building.
Thrifty San Francisco
Depending on where you come from, San Francisco can be an expensive city to visit. Good thing Ashley offers three great insider tips on getting around, where to eat, and going to the museums. doing San Francisco on the cheap.
Chinatown – The Pretty and the Gritty
Cathy Sweeney took a walking tour in Chinatown and discovered that off the main tourist routes are the alleys of Chinatown that offer a different, old world perspective of life in this famous area of the city.
Haight Ashbury – Still in bloom with flower power
Abby had never really explored San Francisco, but on a recent trip that all changed when she took a tour led by the great Izu, a commune-living, Jerry Garcia-befriending, music-adoring flower child of the 1960s who loves her job and showing people the famous Height Ashbury District
Read: Haight Ashbury Flower Power
You can’t visit San Francisco without taking the ferry over to this famous island which served as a lighthouse and military site before becoming a Federal prison in 1963. Some of the most infamous criminals in history were housed there, and Mary Jo found the Cellhouse Audio Tour particularly chilling.
Cruising San Francisco Bay
Whilst the 60 minute Bay Cruise is definitely a touristy thing to do, Cathy Sweeney still takes her out-of-town visitors because it offers great views of the city and perspectives of the Golden Gate Bridge that you can’t get any other way.
Burrito Tour Through San Francisco
During his short visit to San Francisco, Adam gave himself one priority: eat a San Francisco-style burrito. There’s a burrito restaurant in Berlin that’s famous for them, but he wanted the real thing.
So he set out on a quest to find the best burrito in SF, and thanks to some suggestions he went straight for the Mission.
AT&T Park – who’s on first at a Giants baseball game?
Whether you’re a local or a visitor from out of town, and even if you’re not a sports fan, Cathy Sweeney suggests you should take in a San Francisco Giants baseball game to enjoy the views, people watching, ballpark food aromas and energy of the crowd.
San Francisco travel Tips by Other Travelers
We personally spent one week in San Francisco back in 2006, and we also asked our facebook fans for their own tips and suggestions. Here is what we, and them, had to say.
Packing List for San Francisco
Travelers who have never been to San Francisco might imagine it to be like the rest of California: warm and sunny year-round. But the weather here is unpredictable. Whilst this packing list is written from the perspective of a female traveler, there are some great tips for us all.
Nearby San Francisco
The Perfect Day Trip to Berkeley
Berkeley, California is a city known for its innovative food, love of upsetting the status quo, and outstanding academics. Jenna Francisco discovers that it also makes for the perfect day trip.
Muir Woods National Monument
Located a few miles north of Golden Gate Park, Muir Woods, home to the mighty Redwoods, is one of Jeremy Branham’s favorite side trips from the city, and he was left wandering whether it’s their size or their age that inspires you the most.
Read: Walking Among Giants – Muir Woods
Mystery, History and Curiosity
There’s so much to do in San Francisco that some visitors never leave the city. But Cathy Sweeney suggests heading a little south for some interesting things to see and do, including Stanford University, Palo Alto, Winchester Mystery House, CuriOdyssey and more.
Napa Valley is a world famous wine growing region, but it is also incredibly beautiful including architecture and gardens, and each one of the five towns making up the region offers something different.
Read: Napa Valley, California
Point Reyes National Seashore
When Henry Lee’s friend suggested a trip to Point Reyes, 50km northeast of San Francisco, they had to think about the reputation of the weather, the windiest and foggiest location on the US west coast. But the sun was out and so he decided to discover this geologically diverse area.
What are your tips for San Francisco?
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