San Francisco has got to be one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the world. At just 49 square miles, it’s quite a compact city, and it certainly packs a lot into that relatively small space. The great thing about San Francisco is that it’s so easy to get around, you really can see a lot in a short time. That’s why it’s the perfect place to explore on a weekend. If you’re not usually into checking out the tourist attractions in a city, we think it’s time you changed your mind. Spend a weekend like a tourist and you’ll discover so much and have a whole load of fun to boot. Here are some ideas to add into your San Francisco tourist weekend itinerary…
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
Nothing in San Francisco is more iconic that the Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous bridge in the world. There’s a great walkway across the bridge and the views from the bridge are stunning.
The famous prison from which no prisoner ever escaped closed in the 60s and now you can visit and take a tour. It’s a very interesting experience, if a little eerie, especially if you visit in the evening when the sun is going down and the crowds have dissipated.
Take a Ride on the Cable Cars
Another famous icon of San Francisco is the cable cars which have been running in the city since 1873. Catch the cable car from one of the turnarounds and enjoy a thrilling ride with fabulous views.
Discover the Mission
The Mission is the oldest area of San Francisco, dating back to 1776. There are some inspiring art galleries here and as you stroll around the area you’ll see lots of wall murals around you.
Attend a Festival
There are so many great outdoor festivals in San Francisco in the summer months. There’s something for everyone and many great family-friendly events too.
Say Hello to the Sea Lions
Head to Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy watching the funny sea lions at the docks of Pier 39. They’re bound to put a smile on your face!
Go for a Picnic
It’s amazing quite how many amazing green spaces there are in the heart of the city to enjoy a picnic. Grab some tasty treats and spend the day luxuriating in the summer sunshine.
The 60s vibe lives on in this famous district. You’ll find plenty of quirky shops to explore here and it’s a great place for people watching.
Take a City Segway Tour
There’s no better way to explore the city than on a segway. It’s far less tiring than walking and way more exciting. Getting to grips with a segway may look hard, but it’s actually incredibly easy, the whole family can join in a tour. With expert tuition you’ll be ready to go with just a few minutes of instruction. Once you’ve got the knack you’ll be taken on a tour of all the highlights of the city, with commentary from your guide giving you a real insight into San Francisco life, both present and past. You can book a tour online easily, just check out and choose your date!