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A Design Lover’s Travel Guide To San Francisco In A Day

Picture of Deanna Morgado
Updated: 12 October 2017
San Francisco is a unique city, full of charm, funk, and natural beauty. As design lovers thrive on stimulation of the senses and inspiration, this is the place to explore and discover. So follow our guide and take a day out, drinking in, and grabbing a quick bite of some of San Francisco’s wonder.

Academy of Sciences

Experience the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. The academy is home to an aquarium, natural history museum, a planetarium, and 2.5-acre green roof. This sustainable building is a true wonder in the world of architecture. If you feel like coming back on a Thursday night, pop in to Nightlife, an adult-only entry evening where you can explore the rainforest magic with a cocktail.

California Academy of Sciences 69
California Academy of Sciences 69 | © Michael Fraley/Flickr

Conservatory of Flowers

This glorious Victorian-era glass greenhouse is the home of over 2,000 species of plants and flowers. The botanical garden is in one of the oldest buildings in Golden Gate Park so breathe in the delicate beauty that surrounds you in the Conservatory of Flowers. Wander the grounds on your own or book a tour.

Conservatory of Flowers
Conservatory of Flowers | © Ed Bierman/Flickr

Painted Ladies

The posing Painted Ladies of the city are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in embellished colors, typically three or more. The blend of architecture and colors serves as a beautiful inspiration and creates a feeling that the Painted Ladies have their very own personalities.

San Francisco Painted Ladies
San Francisco Painted Ladies | © Kārlis Dambrāns/Flickr


Pop down to Delfina and grab a quick bite of some of the best thin crust pizza in the city. One bite and your tastebuds will take you on a melty, cheesy trip. You can also order your bites to go and eat at Dolores Park across the street. If you’re here during the summer, come back and catch the summer film night on certain Saturdays as the sun sets.

Lyon Street Steps

Start digesting and zig-zag on up to the Lyon Street steps. Work up a sweat and witness some amazing views over the Marina district, the Palace of Fine, and across the San Francisco Bay. Reaching the summit of these steps is a mystical experience that’s difficult to put into words. The sky and air surrounding you heightens the Zen; soak it in as you make your way down.

Lyon Street Steps
Lyon Street Steps | © kennejima/Flickr

Crissy Field

Finish off your day at Crissy Field for some inspiration with nature. After trekking up those Lyon Street steps, find a place to lounge in the grass at Crissy and relax, taking in sweeping ocean views and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The sun-drenched field is the perfect muse to end the day.

Crissy Field, San Francisco
Crissy Field, San Francisco | © David Jones/Flickr