10 Things to Do in San Francisco

1. Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge
If you are going to San Francisco, Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge is an absolute must. We rented bikes at Fisherman's Wharf and rode all the way to Sausalito. The views are simply breathtaking. It's about an 8 mile bike ride from Fisherman's Wharf to a ferry in Sausalito that will bring you right back where you started. If you do not want to take the ferry back, you can always ride your bike back across the beautiful bridge. 

It will take you a couple hours to get to Sausalito. Time it just right so you are there for lunch. It's a a beautiful place to walk around and enjoy a bite to eat. 

There are three main bike rental companies and some have multiple outlets at Fisherman's Wharf: Bay City Bikes, Bike and Roll and Blazing Saddles. We chose Blazing Saddles, but I'm sure they are all the same. 

2. Ride on a Cable Car

Again, this is a must do if you are traveling to San Fran. The lines can be VERY long! We got up really early and found absolutely no line just as the cable cars were beginning to run. We rode through the whole city and had the car to ourselves. If you do not like waking up early, I recommend that you do not get on the cable car at one of the end/beginning points. You can jump on somewhere in the middle and the lines will not be nearly as long!

3. Visit the Sea Lions at Fisherman's Wharf

Head over to Fisherman's Wharf for some great views of the bay and Alcatraz. While you are there go to Pier 39 where you will find shops, restaurants, an aquarium, and sea lions. I loved watching the sea lions do their thing in the pier. 

4. Take a Ferry to Alcatraz

Alcatraz is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco so tickets sell out quickly. You will not be able to find them the day of your visit so purchase them in advance. 

The price of your ticket will include a ferry ride to the island which will depart fromPier 33 at Fisherman's Wharf. 

Alcatraz Cruises is the official source for ferry tickets to Alcatraz Island. You may buy tickets online, by phone or in person.

 5. Go to Chinatown

San Francisco has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia! It's also the oldest Chinatown in North America. It's definitely worth seeing. Wonder around the streets and in and out of some of the stores. 

6. Rock Out in Haight-Ashbury
Take a trip back to the summer of 1967 a.k.a. The Summer of Love. Haight-Ashbury is known for being the origin of hippie subculture. Stroll around the streets and see where some of the most famous hippies shopped and lived. 

7. Eat a Bowl of Clam Chowder at Fisherman's Wharf
This is pretty self explanatory. Just make sure you don't miss out on some of the best Clam Chowder you'll ever have. 

8. Check out the Most Crooked  Street in the World - Lombard St.
This crooked street is pretty neat to see. No need to make a special trip- Just take the Powell-Hyde Cable Car because it will stop at the top of the block. Our driver let us jump out and grab a quick picture before continuing on. We decided to not to get back on the cable car and walk down to the bottom of the street. It really wasn't necessary if you have more to see in San Francisco!

9. Go See the Painted Ladies
Sitting just across from Alamo Square, these Victorian houses are known for their architecture and beautiful colors. They have been seen in many movies and tv shows. And if you were a kid in the 90's like me....you'll recognize one of the houses from the opening credits of Full House. Don't be fooled though...the show wasn't filmed in this house. 

10. Shop in Union Square
You can pretty much go shopping in any major city and San Francisco is no exception. If you're just here for a a day or two you probably don't want to waste your time shopping since many of these stores can be found in any other big city in the world-- but if you've got the time...Go for it! 

Our hotel "Hotel Union Square" was located in the middle of all of this wonderful shopping. It also had great access to the cable cars making it easy to catch a ride early in the morning without the lines. 

Enjoy your time in San Francisco! I Certainly did. 

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