San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities, with an incredible amount of things to do. One of the most common things that visitors complain about in San Francisco is not having enough time to do everything! We want all our guests to have the greatest time possible in our wonderful city, so we have put together some suggested itineraries to follow. On this page, we have created a 1, 2, and 3 day itinerary for visiting San Francisco. So whether you have 24 hours or a long weekend here, we’ll make sure you can get as much done as possible.
This post is a guide to things to do San Franisco during Christmas, including special events, holiday lights tours, ice skating rinks, beautiful lights, and Christmas Day activities. If you are planning on visiting many attractions during the holidays, then consider a tourist discount pass, and be sure to check out our definitive guide of things to do in San Francisco.
San Francisco truly comes alive at Christmastime. There are several events and performances around the city throughout the holiday season. From Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to gingerbread houses, there are many things to see and do. Below are a few of our favorite things to do in San Francisco during Christmas.
Visit the Union Square Christmas Tree
See the Gingerbread Houses at the Fairmont Hotel
Watch the Nutcracker at the San Francisco Opera House
This post focuses on the night tours of Alcatraz Prison. According to many visitors, this experience is entirely different after dark. Tickets can be hard to come by, so we’ve created a helpful guide. Read our full Alcatraz Tours post for information on all available tickets and tours.
This post offers suggestions for the best things to do in San Francisco, including a top 10 list, night tours, dinner cruises, late-night museums, rooftop bars, and more. For even more ideas on spending time in the city, check out our master post on things to do in SF.
The Pacific Coast Highway has been called one of the Best Road Trips in the World, and we completely agree! Pacific Coast Highway stops on the drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles have everything a traveler can possibly want. From incredible scenery of Big Sur and the Pacific Ocean, wine tasting in Solvang, incredible surfing in Malibu and Venice, world class museums at Hearst Castle and the Getty Center, wildlife in Monterey, and historic and beautiful Spanish missions in Santa Barbara, driving the Pacific Coast Highway will be some of the most amazing time of your life.
On this page, we have included a list of some of the best Pacific Coast Highway stops to take, a suggested itinerary
Tripadvisor reviews give the Pacific Coast Highway a solid 5 out of 5 stars, with an astounding 1,400 reviews!
The best place to begin your drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is right here in San Francisco! And since you have a car, make sure to go through the city and drive down our famous Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world! From there, you can drive just a bit up Columbus Avenue to go towards San Francisco Bay. Make a quick left on Bay Street, and you’ll be heading right for the Golden Gate Bridge. And be sure to check out our post on this, one of the world’s most famous bridges, to see where to get the best photographs, learn about the bridge, and the best lookout spots.
San Francisco can be an expensive city, but your vacation here doesn’t have to be! We have outlined the best hostels and cheap hotels in San Francisco to help you cut down on the cost of your trip. There are several different types of accommodation, including family hostels, party hostels, and budget hotels for business travelers. Read through these descriptions and reviews to decide which is the best for you!
Though there are several different hostels in San Francisco, these 5 are our favorites. HI San Francisco and HI Fisherman’s Wharf are part of the international HI Hostel chain. They can be a bit pricier than some of the others, but are always very clean and offer several outings for guests. USA Hostels is another large hostel that is one of the most loved in the city. They regularly put on events and offer a very nice free breakfast. Pacific Tradewinds Hostel is a very cute and quaint hostel that caters primarily to families. Green Tortoise Hostel, on the other hand, is very quirky and probably the biggest party hostel of them all.
This post explains how to get to Lombard Street in San Francisco, also known as the “Crooked Street” The hills of San Francisco have lead to some fairly interesting architectural challenges. While most developers chose to create simple roads, others decided to take another route. In the case of Lombard Street, its creator was met with the challenge of creating a road that wouldn’t be too steep for most drivers. The result has become known colloquially as the “crookedest street” in the city. Thanks to its interesting structural approach to the problem of traveling downhill, this location has become a fairly popular tourist site.
Oh, July in San Francisco. The month that tricks visitors into thinking it will be a lovely California summer–until you show up and freeze! While most of California will be somewhere between hot and REALLY hot, San Francisco lives in its own climate system where the city stays cool for most of the month.
Unlike other parts of the United States, it can actually be a little chilly during July in San Francisco. In the City itself, temperatures above 80 F (27 C) are unusual. Most of the time, you can expect the temperature to remain in the mid-60s F (17-19 C). Depending on where you are in the city, some days reach up into the 80s F (27-28 C)
However, if you are traveling to the East Bay (Oakland or Berkeley), or north of San Francisco to wine country, temperatures will be much warmer, often reaching into the 90s F (over 32 C).
If you’re going to be in San Francisco around the third weekend of May, you don’t want to miss the world famous Bay to Breakers!
First held on January 1, 1912, the Bay to Breakers footrace began as a way to improve the mood of the city after the destruction of the 1906 earthquake and fire. It’s one of San Francisco’s oldest traditions, and we’re proud to say that it’s the oldest continuously-run footrace in the world! It has persevered through wars, the Great Depression and of course, subsequent earthquakes.
In San Francisco, we celebrate our weirdness, and it comes out every year in this race.
One of the best parts about visiting San Francisco is that we have a little bit of something for everyone. In the City itself, we have everything from Mission-style burritos to iconic landscapes to a thriving cultural scene, and of course, walking tours. But if you’re feeling like you need to be out in nature, San Francisco has that, too! There are lots of beautiful hiking trails in and around the city, but one of our favorite places to recharge is with the huge redwood trees and banana slugs at Muir Woods National Monument. If you have a Star Wars fan in your group, they might recognize this location as the Forest Moon of Endor.
Read on to find some great tips to make your trip more enjoyable!