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San Francisco Travel Guide

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Best of San Francisco

3 days in San Francisco
3 days in San Francisco

A collection of San Francisco highlights you can squeeze into 3 days.

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Family-friendly San Francisco

San Francisco for young kids
San Francisco for young kids

Kids like to have fun and there are plenty of things to do in San Francisco that will do just that.

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San Francisco on a budget

San Francisco on a budget
San Francisco on a budget

Budget running low and looking to save a dollar? There are plenty of free and inexpensive options in this great city.

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Insiders' San Francisco

San Francisco off the beaten path
San Francisco off the beaten path

Want to get off the regular tourist trail and create your own? There are plenty of off the beaten path adventures awaiting you.

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Essential San Francisco Eats
Essential San Francisco Eats

San Francisco has amazing restaurants in every conceivable genre from Argentine to Burmese, but at these restaurants you'll taste San Francisco's own style of cuisine at its finest. Whether it's fresh Dungeness crab and a sourdough roll, vibrant organic ingredients grown in local gardens or just a classic San Francisco dish, a meal at one of these restaurants will leave you with an authentic taste of the City by the Bay.

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Getaways from San Francisco

Daytrips from San Francisco
Daytrips from San Francisco

Nature has surrounded San Francisco with some magnificent sights and attractions, all available to you in this collection of day trips.

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Union Square and SoMa
Union Square and SoMa

San Francisco's famous shopping, culture and cuisine begin with a trip to Union Square. There is so much more to see just off the main plaza, however. This trip may start with high levels of retail...

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Best Walks in San Francisco
Best Walks in San Francisco

There is no better way to explore the City by the Bay than walking around it's unique neighborhoods on foot. This package of guides explores shopper-friendly Union Square, Famous Chinatown, the...

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An Urban Park on the S.F. Bay.
An Urban Park on the S.F. Bay.

At the easily accessible Candlestick Point SRA, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay Hills, San Bruno Mountain, and downtown San Francisco.

This walk highlights...

Embarcadero and Union Square
Embarcadero and Union Square

The scenic Embarcadero is a memorable way to connect two of San Francisco's biggest attractions, and is also a conveniently short and flat route.

Union Square is the center of San Francisco's...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Mission District Food, Art, and Shopping
Mission District Food, Art, and Shopping

Known for its vibrant Latino culture, colorful murals and hip, artistic spirit, the Mission is experiencing a second coming with a new crop of restaurants, boutiques and more.

While some locals have...

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San Francisco Walking Tour: Chinatown
San Francisco Walking Tour: Chinatown

North America’s oldest Chinatown is a sensory immersion: You’ll hear clicking abacus beads, catch a whiff of incense, and gaze up at the buildings’ flaring pagoda flourishes and varying flags (the red...

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San Francisco Walking Tour: The Castro
San Francisco Walking Tour: The Castro

The Castro came out in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, when gay men started buying Victorians in the once-sleepy suburb. Today, the neighborhood is one of San Francisco’s most vibrant areas, best known for being...

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Downtown Architecture Walk
Downtown Architecture Walk

This walking tour through the heart of downtown San Francisco provides an engaging mini-history class on the architecture of one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the United States.

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Bridge to Marin Headlands
Bridge to Marin Headlands

Just a few short miles from the bustle of San Francisco lies the relative peace and quiet of the Marin Headlands where you can enjoy Golden Gate views among rolling hills and soaring raptors.

Our...

San Francisco in One Day
San Francisco in One Day

San Francisco--beautiful city by the bay. Over the years so much has been said and written about San Francisco, does it even need an introduction? Since you are reading this guide you are either...

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California Cable Car
California Cable Car

Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars have been around since the year after inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie...

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A Trip through the 1960s in Haight-Ashbury
A Trip through the 1960s in Haight-Ashbury

As the Mamas & the Papas suggested in their hit 1967 song, "if you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." Good advice, especially if your visit includes a stop in the...

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San Francisco Walking Tour: Hayes Valley
San Francisco Walking Tour: Hayes Valley

Wedged between the Civic Center and the Western Addition neighborhoods, Hayes Valley is home to some of the best food, design, and clothing the city has to offer. Just twenty years ago the area was...

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Bike the Bridge
Bike the Bridge

No journey to San Francisco is complete without a trip to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and there's no better to experience it than by bike.

Take your time weaving through the crowds on the eastern...

Waterfront for Families
Waterfront for Families

There are many neighborhoods in San Francisco that are great to explore with children. This guide aims to capture some of the city's most popular sites in a walkable half-day format. By starting at...

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Golden Gate Bridge Walk
Golden Gate Bridge Walk

The Golden Gate Bridge is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, and the opportunity to walk across at least part of it should not be missed. The bridge spans 1.7...

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Bridge to Tiburon
Bridge to Tiburon

We trace a route along the shores of San Francisco Bay, over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the picturesque towns of Marin Country to take you on a tour you'll never forget.

Beyond the...

San Francisco’s Booklover’s Tour
San Francisco’s Booklover’s Tour

The over-the-top Aussie entertainer Dame Edna thinks San Francisco, with its literary haunts, is simply smashing.

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North Beach and Little Italy
North Beach and Little Italy

North Beach is one of San Francisco's distinct, famous, and oldest neighborhoods, dating back to the village of Yerba Buena in the 1830s. Today Little Italy is home to the city's Italian American...

One Perfect Day in San Francisco
One Perfect Day in San Francisco

San Francisco is a small city full of culture, art and history. People live here are from all over the world. They bring in their culture, mix all elements together, and become today's San Francisco.
...

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San Francisco Walking Tour: Haight/Ashbury
San Francisco Walking Tour: Haight/Ashbury

Although “The Haight” is best known for being the center of ‘60’s hippy culture, there’s more to the strip between Baker and Stanyan streets than just smoke and nostalgia shops. One look beyond the...

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San Francisco Waterfront
San Francisco Waterfront

Water surrounds San Francisco on three sides, but the shoreline between the Golden Gate and Bay bridges gets all the attention. It's well deserved.

Something charming or funky or eye-popping pops up...

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Bay to Breakers
Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers is a century old road race through San Francisco celebrated in equal parts for its athletic challenge and notoriety.

Although the 7.46 mile race hasn't changed much over the years,...

Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum

This is a mobile tour to complement the 'Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum' exhibit, or a virtual tour for friends and family who won't have the opportunity to see...

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Powell-Mason Cable Car
Powell-Mason Cable Car

Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars have been around since a year after inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie...

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Eco-Friendly San Francisco
Eco-Friendly San Francisco

San Francisco is green, clean, and organic—the architecture is high-tech and eco-friendly, and the food is excruciatingly fresh and local. Is this the world’s first true 21st-century city? In the...

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Touring Chinatown
Touring Chinatown

Nestled in prime real estate between retail-happy Union Square, the bustle of the Financial District and the beatnik funkiness of North Beach, Chinatown beckons to tourists and locals with its...

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Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Batteries to Bluffs Trail

This short trail provides a great way to see the bluffs near the Presidio and offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin that are hard to beat. The trail is marked moderate because there are...

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Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail
Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail

The entire bay area ridge trail is about 510 miles long and circles the entire bay. This short section winds through San Francisco's Presidio District and has some great views of the bay as well as...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour

We take you on a counter-clockwise Grand Tour of San Francisco, on an 18 mile cruise around the best sites of the city.

We visit famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cycle along the...

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Presidio Ecology Trail
Presidio Ecology Trail

The United States Army created this trail in 1980 so that San Francisco residents could walk through the woods near their homes. Parts of this trail are through open grass areas while other ares are...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Weekend in SF's Mission District
Weekend in SF's Mission District

the Mission is now experiencing a second coming with a new crop of restaurants, boutiques, and more. -By Jaime Gross

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Crissy Field Exploration
Crissy Field Exploration

Crissy Field is a stunning park site within the Golden Gate National Parks. Crissy Field's 100 acres of wild, windswept shoreline are a favorite place for walkers, joggers, boardsailors, bicyclists,...

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San Francisco Walking Tour: Pacific Heights
San Francisco Walking Tour: Pacific Heights

In the late 1800s, the newly rich started setting up in Pac Heights, and to this day it remains a place mostly inhabited by the moneyed. The area is largely residential with a stretch of Fillmore...

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Union Square to Golden Gate Park
Union Square to Golden Gate Park

We help you navigate the streets of San Francisco, picking the best route through the concrete jungle to reach the celebrated Golden Gate Park.

Our route takes you from the bicycle lanes of Market...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
San Bruno Mtn Bicycle
San Bruno Mtn Bicycle

San Bruno Mtn Bicycle is about 18.2 miles long and located near San Francisco, California. Highlight is a long uphill and downhill in semi-rural setting with great views and an excellent shoulder for...

Bridge to Sausalito
Bridge to Sausalito

Discover the quieter side of the San Francisco Bay across the Golden Gate Bridge in the former fishing village of Sausalito.

You'll find this a perfect place to browse the little boutique stores that...

Powell-Hyde Cable Car
Powell-Hyde Cable Car

Riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of the list for any visitor to San Francisco. These historic cars have been around since the year after inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie...

San Francisco Food Tour
San Francisco Food Tour

Within a relatively compact 40 square miles one can find showy Victorian manses and elegant Art Deco skyscrapers; the sprawling, verdant oasis of Golden Gate Park, along with some shockingly good...

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Free Ride
Free Ride

Explore the region at your own pace with the Free Ride guide, safe in the knowledge that you're riding on 165 miles of the best bike routes around.

Key:
• Red tracks: Beginner and intermediate routes...

San Bruno Mountain, Ridge Trail and Summit Loop
San Bruno Mountain, Ridge Trail and Summit Loop

Looming large over San Francisco and the northern peninsula, the wilderness preserve of San Bruno Mountain state and county park is home to several rare and endangered species of flora, fauna and...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Angel Island Science Hike
Angel Island Science Hike

In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The island is also alive with...

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San Francisco Walking Tour: SoMa
San Francisco Walking Tour: SoMa

Industrial roots give this “South of Market” neighborhood a bigger scale than the rest of downtown. (Although now industry is more often high-tech than wholesale.) Several outstanding museums cluster...

Angel Island's Perimeter Road
Angel Island's Perimeter Road

The Perimeter Road provides access to pretty much everything else one can see and do on the island! It's got fantastic views around the bay, it's a fun walk and a pretty good bike ride.

When taking...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park

Angel Island State Park offers one of the best ways to see San Francisco Bay from sea level. Fortunate local boat owners have long plied its shoreline and picnicked on its grounds, but the boatless...

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Angel Island
Angel Island

Away from the hustle of the city, Angel Island offers a retreat to tranquility surrounded by magnificent San Francisco Bay views.

This six mile biking tour is great for both beginners and...

San Francisco Walking Tour: Japantown
San Francisco Walking Tour: Japantown

At the heart of Japantown is the Japan Center, a blocks-long mall that features a branch of the Japan’s largest bookstore, a specialty pen shop, several places to sing karaoke, and sushi galore. The...

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A Beatnik Walk through North Beach
A Beatnik Walk through North Beach

Beyond the aroma of cappuccino and focaccia, the café tables spilling onto the sidewalk, and the convivial air, North Beach is alive with the spirit of the Beatniks, those revolutionary artists who...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
San Francisco Walking Tour: Embarcadero
San Francisco Walking Tour: Embarcadero

The Embarcadero, which traces San Francisco’s eastern shoreline, memorably demonstrates the good that can come from a natural disaster. After the 1989 earthquake, the old freeway was torn down,...

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Backpacking at Angel Island
Backpacking at Angel Island

Angel Island can charm the socks off a day-hiker, but it's even better by night, when the state park closes up shop and sends the tourists home.

After that, campers lucky enough to reserve one of...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
San Francisco Cable Cars
San Francisco Cable Cars

For any visitor to San Francisco, riding the famous San Francisco cable cars should be at the top of your list. These historic cars have been around for over a year after inventor Andrew Smith...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
San Francisco Walking Tour for kids 8 to 68
San Francisco Walking Tour for kids 8 to 68

The new Exploratorium on the waterfront completes this classic walking tour of downtown San Francisco. This walk will take you through iconic San Francisco landmarks like the Ferry Building, Coit...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members

Perfect Day

San Francisco - Top Attractions (BradJill, Oct 26, 2012)
5.0 of 5 stars 25 Votes
San Francisco with toddlers (familytravellerSf, Dec 1, 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Perfect Weekend

4.5 of 5 stars 115 Votes
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
Big Sur fun (tmc-7, Jun 13, 2011)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote

Best Of

San Francisco Loop-Northern California In 15 Days (StrandsDanville, Jun 17, 2009)
5.0 of 5 stars 29 Votes
4.5 of 5 stars 3 Votes
Best of San Francisco (Kim G, Nov 23, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote

Recent Trip

San Francisco, Time Travel Gold Mine (Victorianna, Jun 8, 2006)
4.5 of 5 stars 9 Votes
Perfect three days in San Francisco (TxAggieGirl, May 8, 2007)
4.5 of 5 stars 9 Votes
San Francisco Days, San Francisco Nights (funnymoney, Nov 29, 2006)
4.5 of 5 stars 6 Votes