A 3-Day Bucket List Itinerary for San Francisco
Every hundred feet, the world changes.
Drive through the Golden Gate Bridge
If you’d like to see the enchanting vision of a blanket of fog passing through the Golden Gate Bridge, head over to Vista Point (where this photo is taken) before 8:00AM. The fog usually clears around 9:00AM, right around the time tourist buses start pouring in. The best time to drive through the bridge is after the fog, so you can look up and enjoy the view.
Drive down Lombard Street
San Francisco is known for its architectural composition and steep streets. Both aesthetics are combined here, making this zigzag road one of the most photographed streets in the country. With eight hairpin curves, it’s hard to see the bottom, or even three cars ahead of you. But once you’ve reached the base, it’s an amazing sight to see.
Visit the Six Sisters
Also known as the Painted Ladies, an architectural landmark of six escalating Victorian houses on Steiner Street. These beautiful ladies were one of the few that survived the devastating earthquake of 1906, and previous home to Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple. Conveniently located in front of Alamo Square Park, the backdrop of skyscrapers make this a picturesque view.
Eat shrimp at Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see go-to location for locals and tourists alike. It begins at Ghirardelli Square at ends at Pier 35 surrounded by restaurants, souvenir shops, city tours, street entertainment, and a crowd of curious onlookers. A must-do at Fisherman’s Wharf is to “order-out” at one of the original restaurants along Taylor Street. These include Guardino’s, The Crab Station, Sabella & La Torre, and Nick’s Lighthouse.
Take a sunset sail around the Bay Area
There are many different sail/boat tours to choose from with different packages that take you around the bay with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and more. Enjoy a romantic wine tour for two or a fun night with friends.
Ride a cable car
Cable cars are another historic symbol of San Francisco’s abundant culture. There are now only 3 lines operating with routes taking you through Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, and Fisherman’s Wharf to name a few of the more popular tourist spots.
Walk the corridors of Alcatraz
Walk the shoes of Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage from the movie The Rock and discover the mysteries of Alcatraz up close and personal. Among the first prisoners of Alcatraz was Al Capone; no introductions needed. Alcatraz was said to be “escape-proof” because of the acres of water surrounding it. But several inmates have attempted to escape and three were presumed to have successfully made it out.
Climb to the top of Coit Tower
View the city from the top of this 210-foot tower that has served as a welcoming beacon to all who visit San Francisco. Thanks to socialite Lillie Hitchcock Coit who donated a portion of her fortune after her death to the city of San Francisco, we can all enjoy this beautiful addition to the city.
Walk through the Palace of Fine Arts Theater
Take a professional photo of this historic Roman inspired landmark that contributed to the rich cultural quality of San Francisco.
Dine at Rocco’s Cafe
Rocco’s Cafe is one of several eateries featured in the popular show, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. It is a fine treat of traditional Italian recipes served under a modest roof filled with early 1900s memorabilia. Popular items on their menu include Linguine with Clams in White Cream Sauce, Sautéed Chicken Piccata, and Big Blueberry Pancakes.
Have a picnic at Crissy Field
This massive green land, what used to be an army airfield, has become a recreational engagement with picnic areas, bird-watching hotspots, and hiking trail. Lay a blanket and enjoy an iconic view of the Golden Gate.
Stroll San Francisco on a GoCar
GoCar is one of several tourist activities that you can do with a couple, your entire family, or solo. The GoCar station is located near the Fisherman’s Wharf where your tour begins, with routes that take you to Crissy Field, Lombard Street, The Legion of Honor, Palace of Fine Arts, and more.
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