Now, let’s see… You had this fantastic idea of spending a long weekend in San Francisco, and everyone in the family or office are excited. Being the mentor of the scheme, you are also expected to provide the whole “gang” with an itinerary, a list of the things you plan to see and do during your stay there.
Now, this second task you undertook can get very tricky. San Francisco is not your average American city, with a handful of museums, parks and monuments. There are so many things to do, so many places to visit, that you surely need the help of an experienced local to guide you through your options.
So, we volunteered!
Have a Ramble along the Golden Gate Bridge
Being the emblem of San Francisco ever since its construction, the Golden Gate Bridge should obviously be the first pick in your itinerary list. Besides, the Bridge is an architectural and engineering marvel.
The best way to really grasp its splendour is, of course, to walk across it and learn a few things about it in the visitor’s centre and then have fun with the rest of your friends and family in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where you will find a waterfront promenade, numerous hiking trails with wonderful views over the Bay, and a Walt Disney museum!
Go to the Crissy Field
Very close to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Crissy Field is actually a coastal park, encircling a beautiful beach and fishing spots, as well as one of the most family-friendly venues in the city.
Join a Segway Tour
San Francisco is a big city and seeing most of it in just three days on foot could bring you on the verge of exhaustion. Taxis cost a lot and traffic jams on weekends can leave you stuck on the same spot for hours. So….
The best way to move around the city, visit its most well-known districts and sights and learn about its legendary past is to join a Segway Tour! In less than two hours, you and your friends and relatives will know more about San Francisco than you would learn in a week reading books while having fun and laughs aboard your two-wheeled vehicle.
The Palace of Fine Arts
Inspired by Roman architecture, this rotunda and its lagoon are one of San Francisco’s most photographed spots. The Palace of Fine Arts is the perfect place for a ramble and fun, with its gargantuan Jenga, year-round events and outdoor games.
Visit the Notorious Alcatraz
Needless to say that a visit to San Francisco without an Alcatraz tour is simply unthinkable. This former island prison has incarcerated some of the most infamous criminal minds of the 20th century.
Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square
Covering a rather large area along the waterfront, these three districts attract thousands of tourists with its vivacity, street performers, fishermen, souvenir shops, and restaurants.
Head to the Mission for a History Lesson
The Misión San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores) is, in fact, the oldest structure of San Francisco still standing. Founded in 1776, Mission Dolores and the surrounding District is just ideal for one of your two nights in the city. It has exquisite restaurants (especially Mexican food), bars, and clubs.
Climb the Coit Tower
The Coit Tower dominates the Telegraph Hill, is home to 27 sublime fresco murals (now almost a hundred years old) and offers some of the best views over the city.
Enjoy a Meal at the Ferry Building
By far the greatest brunch spot in the city for first-timers, the Ferry Building Marketplace is the gourmand’s heaven. Numerous food joints and stands, especially on weekends, offer such an array of delicacies, that you will probably wish you had more days just to try them all!
Visit the City’s most Famous Museums
And we say just the most famous because San Francisco has far too many museums and galleries for a three-day stay. The ones you surely must visit are the Beat Museum, the Cable Car Museum, the Exploratorium, and the De Young Art Museum.
Great! Now you have a clear picture of the places you simply have to visit during your stay in San Francisco.
One thing left though. Click here to book your Segway Tour around the city!