Historic, eclectic, and tons of fun; San Fransico should definitely be on your travel bucket list. But with museums, restaurants, and famous sights, where do you start when exploring this West Coast city? Especially when you’re only spending the weekend in San Franciso.
Sure, it’s not enough time to do everything in the city. But you’ll still be able to see plenty of what San Fran has to offer. So, with a weekend in San Francisco and an open itinerary, here are a few suggestions of the exciting activities you can get yourself into.
Golden Gate Bridge
It wouldn’t be a trip to San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. One of the most iconic sights in the country, you have a few places to get beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Head to Golden Bridge Vista Point to get an overlooking view. Or go to Baker Beach to see the bridge from underneath. You also can’t miss your opportunity to drive over this iconic landmark.
This famous street is known for zigging and zagging down a hill. Located in northern San Francisco, Lombard Street is crooked with switchback roads.
But you’ll enjoy your drive because it’s beautifully landscaped with flowers and shrubbery and lined with old Victorian mansions. You can walk or drive down the street and get stunning views as you make your way down.
If you’re going to be in San Francisco, you have to visit Alcatraz Island. This island in the center of San Francisco Bay was once a federal prison that housed famous criminals like Al Capone.
You’ll be able to get an up-close look at the cells and do an auto tour voiced by former inmates and prison guards. And if you’re interested in the paranormal, Alcatraz might be at the top of your list. The prison is said to be one of the most haunted in the country.
Get the full San Francisco experience with a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf. This is a waterfront neighborhood that features shopping and restaurants. Pier 39 is particularly famous for its attractions.
You’ll also have stunning, unblocked views of San Francisco Bay at Fisherman’s Wharf. Here you’ll be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. And if you’re lucky, you might get to see sea lions sunbathing near the docks.
Travelers should be prepared for crowds, though, because this is one of the city’s busiest attractions.
California is known for its beautiful beaches, and Baker Beach is one of the most beautiful. You’ll have views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.
You can enjoy walking on the mile-long beach or bring a picnic basket to enjoy a meal with a view. There’s also access to the Presidio trails nearby, so you can get a quick hike.
It’s always suggested to bring an extra layer as the breeze off the bay can get chilly. And North Baker Beach is clothing optional, so families and children are suggested to stay on the south end.
Cable Car Museum
San Francisco is known for the cable cars that run throughout the city. So, of course, it makes sense for there to be a museum dedicated to these icons. After you’ve taken a ride on a San Francisco cable car, head to the Cable Car Museum to learn more about them.
The museum is free and a quick visit. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk through the whole museum. Here you’ll learn how cable cars work and their history.
Tour Your Favorite Movie and TV Show Locations
San Francisco might not be L.A., but there have been plenty of movies and TV shows filmed in the city. And you can visit the filming locations while you’re exploring.
See the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square Park, which was the home of the Tanners on Full House. Or go to Fort Point National Historic Site to see where Alfred Hitchcock’s famous Vertigo scene was filmed.
Or head to the intersection of Rose and Branch on one of the Russian Hills inclines where Mia’s Mustang hit a cable car in The Princess Diaries.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is home to one of the largest Asian communities outside of Asia. It’s also considered to be the oldest Asian community in America.
Chinatown is home to hundreds of Asian-owned businesses and is one of San Francisco’s most-visited neighborhoods. Experience this area by just walking around and exploring.
There are restaurants and shops that you can support. Dedicate a good amount of time because you’re definitely going to want to stop a few times.
Muir Woods National Monument
If you’re in Northern California, seeing the Redwood trees is a must. These trees are nearly 800 years old and an incredible sight. Muir Woods is only 16 miles north of San Francisco, so it’s an easy and quick day trip to see these giant beauties.
This national park has six miles of trails that allow you to explore the Muir Woods National Monument. Hikes are relatively short, most being between 30 and 90 minutes. So it’s a great way to get yourself into nature if you want to get away from the city for a little while.
After a day spent exploring San Francisco, it’s time to relax and unwind with good music, tasty drinks, and fun games. Finish the day at Emporium Arcade to spend the evening at one of the bars in San Francisco.
An Unforgettable Weekend in San Francisco
Anyone who loves to travel has to put San Francisco on their must-visit list. The city has charming historical features and plenty of modern amenities. Everyone who visits falls in love with San Francisco.
Whether you like to spend your vacation strolling around museums or seeing what majestic nature has to offer, you’re sure to have an unforgettable weekend in San Francisco.
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