Things to do in San Francisco... (bold are must-do items for tourists,  (?) are items I don't know much about)

Tourist spots:

Nightlife:

Food & Drink:

Educational:

Museums

Events by Date:

Tips:

  • Dress for wind. A warm windproof jacket is essential.
  • Use Yelp.com (and their mobile app) to find attractions and nice restaurants. It works well in the SF bay area.
  • San Francisco is a casual city - dressing up is optional.
  • Average temperature: 50-70º F, 8-21º C
  • Airports (in best-to-worst rank order): SFO, OAK, SJC
  • For lodging, also consider AirBnB or VRBO.
  • Book Alcatraz tickets early!

Maps:

Other lists:

Relaxation:

Outdoors & Activities:

Shopping

Trip Segments:

A few strings of trips...
  • 49-Mile Drive
  • SF via Public transit:
    • Muni/bikes > Cable car ride > Ghirardelli > Fisherman's Wharf > Golden Gate Bridge > Muni/bikes
  • SF area by car:
    • Fisherman's Wharf > Lombard Street > Golden Gate Bridge Sausalito > Muir Woods
  • East bay by car:
    • SF > Bay Bridge > buy/fly kites and have a picnic at Cesar Chavez Park > Berkeley > drive through the Oakland hills (great views of the bay) > Hike up Mission Peak in Fremont (2-3 hours)
  • South:
    • Half Moon Bay > Santa Cruz > Monterey (Aquarium) > Big Sur (drive down Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway)
  • Weekend Trips & some notes...

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