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Must do things in SF for a 5 day trip?

My hubby and I have never been to SF and in need of much needed adult trip.  We want to see what SF has to offer and wanted to know best area to stay and what are some hidden gems. Our plan is 5 days in SF with a day to see Napa. 

8 Answers

top answer by
Emi from San Francisco


Be sure to bike the Golden Gate Bridge, have a sundae at Ghiradelli Square, explore Chestnut St, and walk around the Palace of Fine Arts. Eat at farm:table and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in little Italy!!!

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And for Napa :

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
  2. Ghiradelli Square (attraction)
  3. Chestnut St (attraction)
  4. Palace of Fine Arts (attraction)
  5. farm:table (restaurant)
  6. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (restaurant)
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answered by
Bryan from San Diego, California

1. Shop and eat around Union Street and Lombard Street

2. Half day trip and hike Mount Tamalpais

3. Walk along Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding beaches/forts

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  1. Mount Tamalpais (attraction)
  2. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
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answered by
Angela from San Francisco

I suggest you tour the Marin Headlands a bit. It offers the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city and plenty of views. It also has a great lighthouse, a seal rescue center, beach and military history. If you have the entire day to the area head over to Mt. Tam. All this sights can be as physical or relaxed as you all wish. You can also rent a Go car and tour around. Lands End is another gem and great place for an afternoon stroll.

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answered by
Gunnar from Duluth, Minnesota

I recommend looking for a place on AirBnB in SF if you're really looking for something special. Most of the hotels in the happening of the area are overpriced and less than spectacular. Hope your trip planning goes well!

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answered by
JoJo from San Francisco

When are you planning to be in SF? As for Napa,

1) I recommend setting up wine tasting appointments in advance for some great wineries - the experience is much better and personalized this way (as opposed to battling crowds for pours around a bar). Inn addition, the better wineries tend to be appointment-only. Am more than happy to provide winery recs if you're interested.

2) Grab a dinner reservation at one of the great restaurants in Yountville or St Helena. My favorite for a casual, outdoor and delicious experience is Goose & Gander - amazing wine list and food, and beautiful outdoor seating.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Napa (city)
  2. Yountville (city)
  3. St Helena (attraction)
  4. Goose & Gander (restaurant)
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answered by
Laney from Charlotte

San Francisco ferry building

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answered by
Benjamin from San Francisco

My must do things in SF. 

1. Eat Hog Island Oyster Co., Inc at the Ferry Building

2. Rent a bike and ride to the top of the Marin Headlands

3. Explore Haight St: catch some jazz at Club Deluxe, drink at The Alembic

4. Dinner at one of the following restaurants: Frances, State Bird Provisions, Locanda, Cockscomb Restaurant, Stones Throw, Flour + Water, Pizzeria Delfina

5. Ride a ferry to Tiburon and hike Angel Island

6. Visit California Academy of Sciences

7.  Wander down the Valencia St Corridor and see the cute shops. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hog Island Oyster Co., Inc (restaurant)
  2. Marin Headlands (attraction)
  3. Haight St (attraction)
  4. Club Deluxe (restaurant)
  5. The Alembic (attraction)
  6. Frances (restaurant)
  7. State Bird Provisions (restaurant)
  8. Locanda (restaurant)
  9. Cockscomb Restaurant (restaurant)
  10. Stones Throw (restaurant)
  11. Flour + Water (attraction)
  12. Pizzeria Delfina (restaurant)
  13. Tiburon (city)
  14. Angel Island (attraction)
  15. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  16. Valencia St (attraction)
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answered first by
Andy from San Francisco

First of all you should join the SF Trippy Meetup group. We just had our first group outing to Laszlo and it was super fun! Here's the group pic. 

Maybe when you and your husband come to town you guys can attend one of our future Meetups!

If you want to do some of the off the beaten path activities in San Francisco, you should also join my Meetup group SF Urban Adventure Club. We host events each week that centers around some of the more unique and interesting experiences in San Francisco. 

Some examples of our events:

And many more!

Here's a pic of our most recent Real Escape Game played at AT&T Park where we got to run around the baseball field solving puzzles with over 2,000 other people!

Hope you can join us on one of our upcoming adventures. It will be a great way to see San Francisco like you've never seen it before. 

I'll also direct you to a similar question asked by another member.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Laszlo (restaurant)
  2. Pelican Inn (hotel)
  3. Muir Beach (city)
  4. Nature Friends Tourist Club San Francisco (attraction)
  5. Sausalito (city)
  6. Monk's Kettle (attraction)
  7. Cervecería de MateVeza (restaurant)
  8. Giordano Bros. (restaurant)
  9. Zeitgeist (restaurant)
  10. Circus Center (attraction)
  11. Circus Center (attraction)
  12. Church Of 8 Wheels (attraction)
  13. AT&T Park (attraction)
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