You guys know how obsessed I was with San Francisco, so more often than not I’m asked what my top recommendations are for things to see and do in this amazing city. There’s so much on offer, but these are my seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW), tried and tested by yours truly…
Coit Tower has an adorable gift shop, but don’t just visit for that reason. Go here for a serene view of the city, but also of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was pretty quiet when I visited and from what I’ve read it doesn’t get as busy as some of the other well known tourist spots. Allow a couple of hours. You can read my full review, see more pics and get all the info here.
The famed island prison, Alcatraz, isn’t half as spooky as some people make out. However, it is fascinating, so definitely worth a visit. To get to the island you’ll need to go by boat and you’ll therefore need to book a scheduled slot.
Go at sunset. That way you’ll get some dreamy pics of the Golden Gate Bridge, the city landscape and the island itself. You then get to explore the island when it’s darker which adds to the atmosphere. Double whammy, eh? Allow at least three hours. You can read my full review, see more pics and get all the info here.
You can’t go to San Fran and not check out the famous Golden Gate Bridge. It’s an iconic part of the city and it’s been in so many movies. So rather than just gawking at it, why not ride over it?
Hire a bike and pedal over the bridge. Just be warned if you’re not a fan of heights it can be a little scary as the cars whizz past. Once you reach the other end you can head down into Sausalito. Grab some lunch and then catch the ferry back to your starting point to save your legs! Allow half a day to do all of this. You can read my full review, see more pics (& a vid) and get all the info here.
Even if you’re not into beers and ales, please make sure you go to this institute. Anchor Steam Beer is hugely popular in the states and here in the UK Tescos has just started stocking it, which makes me very happy!
The guys that show you round are cool and funny, the place is interesting and best of all you get to try their creations. You can read my full review, see more pics and get all the info here.
This is a beautiful neighbourhood that’s often neglected by visitors. It’s only a short tram ride away from the centre. It has a laidback, authentic boho feel to it. You’ll find more locals than visitors and plenty of independent shops. It’s a cute spot to check out.
You need at least half a day, if not a full day to explore this park. It’s mahussive! Besides greenery and pretty flowers, you’ll also find skateboarders, runners and walkers.
Right at one end you’ll also find the Japanese Tea Gardens, Conservatory of Flowers, a quirky art museum (De Young Museum) and the California Academy of Sciences. You can read my full review, see more pics and get all the info here.
♥ See a Show
San Fran is full of theatres, including the American Conservatory Theater. It’s a Tony Award-winning not for profit theatre, that’s had some famous guests over the year.
Whatever theatre you pick you’ll have lots of shows to choose from. You can read my full review, see more pics and get all the info here.
I’ll share my top seven spots to eat and drink in San Francisco soon. In the meantime, do you have any recommendations to add?
The following didn’t make the list, but if you have enough time they’re definitely worth checking out too:
You can also read more on the city with these posts:
And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay try these: