UPDATED: November 20th, 2013
Which one of these is you?
It’s your first time in San Francisco. You want to do the “must-see” activities but want to get that true local view of the city that most tourists miss.
You’ve been to (or even live in) San Francisco but have never really SEEN San Francisco. It’s time to go beyond the seals on the wharf, Alcatraz and Lombard street.
If either of these describes you, then this 2-day San Francisco itinerary is for you! You’ll see the highlights of San Francisco, but from a local’s eye.
You can’t go to San Francisco without passing through the Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. But when’s the best time to go? Where can you find the best clam chowder? Did you know there’s a free museum with functional video game arcades from the 1800’s?
San Francisco has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and it’s intimidating! Get a detailed walking tour showing hidden, unmarked temples, “Hole-in-the-wall” restaurants, a fortune cookie factory down a small alley, a public bathroom (a true rarity in San Francisco) and a whole lot more.
San Francisco locals will tell you that their favorite place in the city is the Mission neighborhood, yet most tourists never even get there! You’ll have a full walking tour with this itinerary.
Did you know the oldest building in San Francisco is in the Mission? Find out more about it as well as see the famous & impressive murals, find out where an amazing free view of the San Francisco skyline is and most importantly, find out where the best Mexican food is in the city.
This is just the beginning...
There are 1-3 hour walking tours of the following areas:
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park
What Others Have Said About The Itinerary:
"Huge tip about getting there early in the day [Fisherman's Wharf], I was there multiple times of day and morning was by far the most pleasant. Like I mentioned already, these tips are definitely the nuggets of gold hidden that make the guide worth it! Loved the detailed maps as well, really helps confused tourists like me! I have a great sense of direction but I'm not so good at following others directions and I figured yours out." ~ Cat C.
"We followed your itinerary pretty closely and we thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Very detailed. We really enjoyed one of the dim sum bakeries you suggested (no tables or chairs)." ~Mark H.
"The itinerary was really generous and much appreciated. Used it and had a great day yesterday!" ~Sally B.
"There were some definite handy tips like getting on the streetcar in the middle of the street. This would have saved a ton of time over waiting at the main boarding spot. The Fortune cookie place was a really cool thing to check out -- I actually just learned that fortune cookies were first made in San Fran, so I felt like I was seeing a slice of history. The old arcade was pretty awesome and I think a hidden gem (there was almost nobody there)." ~Harris H.
My email address is provided in the itinerary if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help!
== UPDATES ==
November 20, 2013 - Updated a few attractions, restaurants, more maps & pictures!
August 15th, 2012 -- Updated restaurants, after-dinner spots, muni prices and more maps!