Whether it be a day trip to the beach, or a trip 3,000 miles to the bay area, I love to plan out a list of must see things to do in every new place I travel. That way, I am not off wandering around like a lost tourist and get to make the most of my short time there. Once I booked for my quick trip to San Francisco for the holidays, I started planning, from researching the best views of the famous Golden Gate Bridge to finding the best way to get around the city. I wanted to share my guide with you all to help you make the most of your time in San Francisco!
Travel Guide: 2 days in San Francisco
- Start your day off at Zazie, a delicious French breakfast/brunch spot
- Walk down Lombard Street for America’s windiest street, great for a photo op (be careful it’s STEEP!)
- Go to Pier 39 to see the Sea Lions
- Grab lunch at Hang Ah Tea Dim Sum House in Chinatown. It’s the oldest Dim Sum house in America…and DELICIOUS!!
- Go over to PlenTEA for some bubble tea
- See the best views and get the best pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point (just type it into your GPS)
- Walk/ride a bike or scooter back over the Golden Gate Bridge (it’s FREE!) or take an Uber back if you’re feeling tired
- Grab dinner at In N’ Out, a must have for every California Visit!
- Grab Breakfast at Stacks
- Head over to the iconic Painted Ladies in Alamo Park. It’s the famous street of Victorian houses as seen in Full/Fuller house and other popular movies and tv shows. GREAT photo op!
- Visit Union Square
- Head over next door to Westfield Mall for some shopping
- Grab lunch at Ippudo for authentic ramen and Japanese cuisine
- Get bubble tea from Boba Guys
- Head over to Twin Peaks for an AMAZING view of San Francisco
- Take a walk/scooter or bike at Fisherman’s Wharf right next door and bask in the Bay Views
- Get dinner at McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood & Steaks right on top of Ghirardelli’s Square
- Get dessert at Ghirardelli’s Square
~When Should I Visit?~
San Francisco is great to visit any time of the year. Its location in the Bay Area allows for constant temperate climates of 50-70 degrees all year round, although March to May and September to November usually have fewer tourists. Definitely bring a jacket no matter when you’re going because it can be chilly even on the sunniest days.
~How Do I Get Around the City?~
It is not recommended to drive on your own since the streets in downtown are some of the steepest in the country and parking can be hard to find and expensive. Uber is a great way to get around as well as bikes and electronic scooters that can be rented from the Uber app directly. They also have third parties for electric scooters such as Lime around the city which I highly recommend. It is an efficient, fun way to explore the city and all you have to do is download the app and scan the QR code on the scooter.
Planning a trip to San Francisco? Would love to hear in the comments if you plan on visiting any of the places I noted!