You can’t honestly say you have been to California unless you have visited and experienced San Francisco. The city is built on many rolling hills along the northern side of the San Francisco Peninsula and is famous for its fog, cuisines, sports teams, arts, and live entertainment. Besides, there are many flights between Eastern hubs such as New York City and San Francisco for as low as $330 round trip.
Many tourists begin their exploration by visiting the Golden City, riding cable cars, pier 39, Museum of Modern Art, Alcatraz prison, and other renowned attractions. For a seasoned traveler or first-time visitor to this amazing city, here are 7 travel tips to exploring the city like a local.
- Enjoy a Picnic at the Presidio
The ex-military base-turned park comprises grassy lawns, wooded areas, historic buildings, sandy beaches, and beautiful architecture. Take a stroll around the classical Roman Palace of Fine Arts, enjoy a picnic or a walk through the Crissy Field as the sunsets over the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Carry your camera to capture the breathtaking view of the grand bridge in town.
- Eat Something Tasty at The Mission
As the oldest neighborhood around San Francisco, locals regard The Mission as the best place in the city to have great food. Having gotten its name from the Mission Dolores founded in 1776, its culinary traditions are a reflection of its Hispanic history. It has some of the top Mexican dishes in the city, homemade ice creams, cocktail bars, eateries, and many international restaurants. Grab an ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery, sip a cup of coffee at Ritual Roasters, and have some of the most delicious cuisines from around the world at Delfina or Pancho.
Tour the Japanese Tea Gardens
- This magnificent garden has a Zen garden and Koi ponds that make tourists feel like they have been flown across the Pacific to Japan. And what a better way to unwind while you enjoy a cup of tea in the garden! It will soothe and relax your mind and body.
- Light Bonfires on Ocean Beach
Famous for its weekday and weekend sunset views, Ocean Beach is the place where San Franciscans go to enjoy barbeques with friends, watch sunsets, and light bonfires. Pack some picnic dinner and enjoy the view and ambiance over the Pacific. That noted, be sure to arrive early so that you can secure your bonfire fire pit. Don’t forget to carry your own logs, kindling and lighter. Memorable travel moments are built from these evenings.
- Shop at the Local Farmers’ Market
While Alemany Farmers’ Market is one of the best markets in San Francisco, Ferry Building Marketplace is bigger and well-known in the city. Cheesemakers, bakers, butchers, florists, chocolatiers, and local farmers for more than 71 years have been selling their products to locals and travelers. The markets are a great place to buy picnic lunch and sample the work of local artisans since businesses run daily from dawn to dusk.
- Laugh at Cobb’s Comedy Club
As one of the legendary venues in San Francisco, Cobb’s Comedy Club hosts top comics in the country every night. During Thanksgiving, Cobb’s offers a unique night of comedy for tourists and locals seeking to laugh their hearts out.
- Visit Alcatraz
Escaping to Alcatraz is a unique exploration synonymous to San Francisco. The military fortress and the federal penitentiary are examples of historical sites to visit. An average of one million tourists per year visits the island. Tickets are usually sold out in advance to this national park, so plan early. You get the best views of San Francisco while standing on “the Rock.”
Source: Antony K.
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