San Francisco is known as the most expensive city in the country. A day out in the magnificent town would cost at least $50, making it difficult to spend an extended amount of time without breaking the bank. Luckily, we have you covered – check out some of the best places to go in San Francisco on a budget so that you don’t have to worry about going broke.
Snap photos of the murals at Coit Tower and Clarion
San Francisco is an extremely artsy city, so one of the best free things to do is to go and explore the art on the streets. Some of the best murals are at Clarion Alley in the Mission and inside the Coit Tower. These are some of the more popular places for street art, but they can be found around the whole city.
Visit North San Francisco
North San Francisco is sometimes regarded as a tourist trap to the locals, but it does offer some budget-worthy spots to visit. The first place would be the mighty Golden Gate Bridge. Continuing west is Crissy Field and Ghirardelli Square. Fisherman’s Wharf is also along that direction, but if you’re on a budget, this place might tempt your wallet. Instead of buying tourist shirts that say “I Heart SF,” enjoy the street performers and visit the sea lions over at Pier 39.
Go on a hike to explore the city
One of the best things to do on a budget is to go on a hike. If you want to stay in San Francisco, check out Bernal Heights. This hike takes about 45 minutes, and the view is completely worth it. After Bernal Heights, grab a cup of coffee at Philz. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, you have to go outside of San Francisco to the Marin Headlands. There are countless hikes that could take up your whole day.
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