Be a Tourist
So right after orientation you grabbed an Uber to the nearest San Francisco trolley stop. You hit Fisherman’s Wharf & Ghirardelli Square and had such a great time! You took the Ferry over to Alcatraz on your first day off-ghosts and gardens-so cool. Now it’s week four. What’s next?
There is so much to do in San Francisco but be sure to wear your walking shoes. If you’d just like to see all there is – grab a bike. There are bicycles all over town for anyone to use. Over by Fisherman’s wharf there is a sea lions hang out at Pier 39. If you liked the gardens over on Alcatraz check out the Palace of Fine Arts and a few minutes away are the Japanese tea gardens at Golden Gate Park.
There are so many unique shops that you won’t want to miss. San Francisco’s Union Square is a popular shopping destination and it may take all day to explore. Immerse yourself in the culture in China Town. Take a walk through Haight Ashbury’s beautiful Victorian houses and wild 60’s era hippy shops. And to get a real feel for the locals make sure to hit Valencia Street, south of the 101 on Sundays. The street is shut down for cars and the locals hang out. There is music, art and more. Be there at 11am for “Sunday Streets”.
No matter what time of year you visit, the water is icy but you will want to spend the day and watch the sun set at Baker Beach with its gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Head up 580 and hit Napa & Sonoma to visit some of the world’s most famous wineries. Have a few days off in a row? Head for the hills. Lake Tahoe is only 3 1/2 hours east for a little gambling on the Nevada side and the quaint mountain villages and ski chalets on the California side. A couple hours south of San Fran and you are in the heart of many a songwriter in Monterey/ Salinas/ Carmel. Go a little farther south and you are in Big Sur State Park where the camping and hiking is breathtaking.
Fresh Salty Air
All of this and fresh salty air too? San Francisco is hard to beat for things to do. You are probably out of time by now and planning your next destination but if you still need some ideas google “Things to do in…….”