Your first trip to San Francisco can be a bit daunting if you don’t know where to go and what to see. Make sure to plan ahead. Follow our guide on how to get the best out of the City by the Bay, and what you can’t miss in just five days!
A tourist must-see, Fisherman’s Wharf is sure to be one of your favorite highlights of your trip. Approximately eight blocks long (wear comfortable shoes!), Fisherman’s Wharf caters to your shopping, dining, and entertainment needs. Start at the corner of Jefferson and Leavenworth, where you can find multiple gift shops as you make your way towards Pier 39. Along the way, take in the sights like street performers and artists creating and selling their one-of-a-kind art pieces. When you finally reach Pier 39, you will find more shops, restaurants and attractions. Ride the carousel, make your way through Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze or visit the Aquarium of the Bay.
San Francisco is famous for having crazy steep hills and interesting landmarks, and Lombard Street is just that. Known as being ‘the crookedest street in the world,’ Lombard Street is one block that has eight sharp turns. Feel free to drive through the turns (beware there will be traffic), or be adventurous and get some cardio in by walking it.
Spend the day taking in a bit of culture in what is known as the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinatown aside outside of Asia in San Francisco’s very own Chinatown district. Take your group along for a journey covering over 100 years of Chinese history, check out the Stockton Street markets where locals buy their groceries and herbs, and see the famous fortune cookie factory. Fun fact: they sell ‘adult’ fortune cookies. Also, stop at one of the many souvenir stores and pick up some fun trinkets to take home.
Hop on board and ride a San Francisco gem on the historical Cable Car that runs from Union Square all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. Take in the sights as you travel through the shopping center of Union Square, then through the historic Chinatown and finally ending up in Fisherman’s Wharf. After you hop off the train, indulge and treat yourself to a hot fudge sunday in Ghirardelli Square.
Walk the golden gate bridge (then go to Vista Point)
Take in one of San Francisco’s greatest attractions by walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. Put on your walking shoes and a light jacket (it gets a bit chilly) to trek across this 1.7 mile long bridge. As you reach the end, follow the signs to Vista Point where the real treasure lies. Vista Point allows visitors to marvel at a spectacular, quite famous, view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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