I have visited San Francisco twice in my life. It doesn’t make me an expert on everything San Francisco but I did manage to visit some of the most popular tourist spots in San Fran on my trips. Here are some tips, tricks and ideas on how to make the best of your trip:
- Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a world known landmark from many movies, shows and magazines. It’s probably as recognized as the Coca Cola sign or Kim Kardashian (not a confirmed fact). If you want to be a super tourist like me, take a cab or a bus down to the Golden Gate Bridge and snap a photo so all of your friends can be jealous of how cool you are. Just don’t try to walk across the bridge and hope to take a bus or cab back. Spoiler alert: there are none. It will be a very, very long walk back.
Suggestion: bring a selfie stick so you can blend in with the other tourists. You don’t want to go through the trouble of actually asking a human being to take a photo of you! Who does that these days?
- Painted Ladies
If you are visiting San Francisco, you must go to the Painted Ladies houses, take a picture and post on Instagram with a funny caption from the show Full House like “You got it, dude” or “have mercy!” It has never been done before. Trust me, I’m an expert.
- Cable cars
There is nothing more super touristy than jumping on a tram in San Francisco. It doesn’t need to be moving to look cool.
- Ghirardelli Square
Go to Ghirardelli square and eat enough chocolate until you hate yourself. Best done before New Year’s so you can make a resolution to go on a diet and not feel guilty after.
- Musée Mécanique at the Pier
The pier is a great place to eat some clam chowder while looking at seagulls but it also has a museum with old & weird (really weird) arcades. Some of them will really boost your self-esteem:
Check out China town which is the largest and oldest China Town in North America. 75% of tourists that go to San Francisco visit this China Town. Don’t be like the other 25%.
- Twin Peaks summit
Go on a hike. Or drive to top of a hill so it looks like you went on a hike without actually breaking a sweat. Then take a picture of the view and post it on social media with an inspirational hiking quote.
Go look at Alcatraz from far away and say “I should go on a tour there one day” but then never go.
- Lombard street
Go see the shortest and most useless street you might ever see and wonder if the city planners had too much Napa wine when they built San Fran.
- Art exhibits.
Downtown San Francisco is filled with great art museums and exhibits. If you have extra time, stop by one and enjoy some great art.
Written by Laura Sausina.