Recommended San Francisco routes
A day in San Francisco
We rarely come to you professionals, what advice?
- Go see the Golden Gate Bridge, superb if it emerges from the morning fog.
- Then come back to Downtown for a very American breakfast,
- before doing some shopping around Union Square,
- and walk back to the must-see Chinatown.
- Then climb into a cable car, stopping at the passage at the top of the famous Lombard Street
- and go to Fisherman's Wharf where boat lovers will visit the old rigs
- We end the day at Italian North Beach, homeland of the beat movement, which brings together a slew of excellent restaurants and bars where we can end our evening in style with a blues concert.
3 days in San Francisco
- Start the walk in the center, around Union Square or the Financial District, past and present.
- South of Market, the famous SFMoMA houses one of the most remarkable private collections of contemporary art in the country!
- If, however, you don't visit it (it easily takes several hours!), Opt for a lunch at the pretty Ferry Building, on the waterfront, or at the picturesque Chinatown, the largest Chinatown outside of Asia.
- Otherwise, just a stone's throw away, North Beach, an Italian quarter (and home of the beat movement) offers full-bodied cafes and pizzas on every street corner. What to perk up
- before (or after) the trek to the top of Telegraph Hill, where the Coit Tower sits. What a panorama!
- To go back down to the quays, the charming Filbert Steps descend between lush gardens
- North of the center, the very touristy Fisherman's Wharf hosts a very interesting museum on the maritime history of the city and old moored boats.
- Then, from the Wharf, the famous cable car climbs boldly towards Russian Hill, offering breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island.
- It stops at the top of the tight and flowery bends of Lombard Street, before joining Nob Hill, the hill of the moguls - site of another must-see, the Cable Car Museum.
- In the evening, dine in Chinatown or North Beach, for example.
- Those who still have a little energy will then scour the bars and clubs of Downtown or SoMa.
Impossible to do everything, you have to choose!
- Some will decide to go see the Golden Gate Bridge (and even cross it by bike to Sausalito - with return by ferry - so plan the day);
- others will choose to explore Alcatraz
- or, in a completely different register, the Hispanic district of Mission, for a taco cure and a hunt for the most beautiful frescoes,
- before making a foray into the gay district of Castro.
- D & rsquoAshbury, stronghold of the hippies at the end of the 1960s, or the most beautiful museums scattered in the great wild parks scattered to the west of the city - De Young, California Academy of Sciences, California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
1 week in San Francisco
This is the ideal length of time for a stay in San Francisco.
From the 1st to the 3th day
- See 3 day stay, days 1 and 2, taking more of your time.
- Rent a bike and cross (for free) the Golden Gate Bridge,
- before continuing to Sausalito and returning to San Francisco by ferry.
- If you are motorized, you can easily continue to the heights of the Golden Gate Recreation Area, in order to benefit from the best views of the bridge with San Francisco as a backdrop!
Plan at least a day to visit the most beautiful museums in the city.
- Besides the SFMoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and the Asian Art Museum, which are quite central, these large museums are located to the west of the city:
- the De Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences, both in Golden Gate Park,
- as well as the Palace of the Legion of Honor, a little further.
Certainly, you will have to choose, because you will not be able to do them all in the same day!
A day to go back to the sources of the hippie movement?
- Why not an urban trek to Ashbury, which made the legend of Summer of Love, where secondhand record shops, smoke shops and thrift stores still exist?
- We will add a stop to Alamo Square, for the photo of the Downtown watched over by a beautiful array of Victorian houses;
- and a stroll in the Hayes Valley, famous for its designer boutiques, trendy restaurants and its BCBG atmosphere
- You can combine a visit to Alcatraz Island in the same day (book well in advance in summer!),
- a street art excursion in the Mission district
- and why not end up in one of Castro's colorful bars.