San Francisco is known for its rolling hills, chilly nights and eclectic atmosphere. We only had a day to go around the city, so here’s a few recommended places to visit while in San Francisco:
Golden Gate Bridge – is a must! There are great spots found at both ends of the bridge where you can get a better view of it and take pictures.
Lombard Street – Aka: The Crookedest Street in the World. But do watch out for cars and bikers in the area as it can get pretty crowded as tourists tend to get the best photo of the street.
Visit Pier 39 – is one of the most popular tourist site in San Francisco. The famous sea lions are found here, as well great street performers, souvenir shops and restaurants (overpriced ones). It’s a great place to walk around, enjoy the water and do window shopping.
Alcatraz Island – is known for being the home of the most notorious criminals (such as Al Capone), which operated from 1934 until 1963. If you wanted to do the Alcatraz tour, go to Pier 33 because that is where you’ll find them. Public Parking can be found a few blocks from Pier 33 and you are looking at $15 for the day.
City Hall – The building’s architecture is unbelievable; as you can see in the photo below, the details are made of real gold worth around $400,000. Ughhh!
The Palace of Fine Arts – If you are looking for a place where you can relax, enjoy a picnic, have a nice stroll in the lagoon and take photos, this is where you should be. The Palace of Fine Arts is a Monumental Structure at the “Panaman-Pacific Exposition” built in 1915, and known for its magnificent artwork structure. See events page if you want to experience their theatre shows.
Chinatown – This is where I bought all my souvenirs. =)
Where can I buy souvenirs?
That would be in Chinatown and Pier 39. You can buy fridge magnets, shot glasses, tshirts and more for 3 items for $10 only! You can bargain in Chinatown for sure and it’s best if you pay cash.
Drive or Public Transportation?
I recommend you to take public transportation as parking can be really expensive and hard to find most of the time. Also, if you are not familiar with the streets of San Francisco then public transportation it is!
What should I wear?
San Francisco’s weather can be bipolar, it’s better if you have a light jacket handy just in case it gets chilly in the afternoon.