How to spend 48 hours in San Francisco

If you’ve only got 48 hours to spend in San Francisco, you may be worried that you simply won’t have time to see the sights and get the most from your visit. San Francisco is a stunning city with so much to offer visitors, but you could spend weeks there exploring and visiting all the attractions. With just 48 hours in the city, you could end up fraught, dashing everywhere and spending very little time in any one place.

The trick is to stay in a central location and make a list of exactly what you’re going to do. Don’t try to pack too much in, pick out those things you’d really love to do, and concentrate on enjoying them to the full.

Put together a plan such as our example itinerary below and you’ll feel more organised and less stressed about your whistle stop trip to San Francisco...


Day 1


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Get up early to make the most of your time, and head to the Golden Gate Bridge. This will no doubt be at the top of your list of ‘must sees’ if you’re a first time visitor to the city. You can walk across the bridge and get a bus back, or simply walk halfway, admire the stunning views and walk back again. If you want to save even more time, you can cycle across.



In the afternoon, experience another icon of San Francisco and ride the cable cars. Then take a stroll over to the Cable Car Museum to learn all about their history.




Don’t waste your first evening sat in a bar, pack the most into your San Francisco trip by taking a night time tour of Alcatraz Island. Take the ferry from Pier 33 and follow the self-guided tour. There are less visitors at night, so you’ll get around faster, and it also adds a lot to the spooky atmosphere of the place!


Day 2


Start your day with a visit to the Aquatic Park. Here you’ll find so much on offer, all in one area, so you can see and do a lot in a short time. There are some great views, interesting museums, and lots of special places to take a moment to relax. If you’re lucky you might even spot seals or sea lions!




You may now feel that your holiday is coming to an end and there is still so much you haven’t seen. Don’t worry, simply hop on a San Francisco Segway Tour and you’ll see all the major sights in double quick time. It certainly beats walking! From Fisherman’s Wharf to the fishing harbours and the Marina district, you can see so much on a segway tour and you’ll learn a lot too!

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Spend your final evening dining out in China town, spend some time strolling around the historic streets, then stop to savour some authentic Chinese cuisine in one of the many restaurants in this area.


You really can pack a lot into 48 hours in San Francisco

So as you can see, you can certainly see and do a lot in San Francisco on the shortest of breaks. The great thing about this city is that it’s so compact. You don’t have to spend ages travelling between attractions. If you pick central accommodation, everything is pretty much on your doorstep.

With only 48 hours to spend in the city, be sure to book your San Francisco Segway Tour now to avoid disappointment. Check out our website and pick a tour that suits you!

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