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What to do for a day and a half in San Francisco?

My wife and I, both retired school teachers, will be in SF on a Sunday and Monday at the end of a 10 day trip down the Oregon Coast. I know we need more time, but it's too late. What must we do? Thinking of doing the hop on hop off trolley. 


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answered by
Krista from San Francisco

With a day and a half to see the city, I recommend sticking to a few neighborhoods and making the most of them.

Though often mentioned, Union Square isn't worth seeing in my opinion. It offers the same stores you can find in any major metro, along with the same chaos.

While the Mission District is loved by locals for Dolores ParkBi-Rite Creamery and Valencia St shops, it doesn't offer too many landmarks or monuments (which you may or may not have your heart set on seeing). If you have a car, it may be worth a drive over - and if you find yourselves there, note that the famous The Castro district is just a hop, skip and jump away.

If you want a bit more detail, I wrote a bit about things to see and skip in SF for friends who often ask. I hope you enjoy your stay here! :)


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  1. Marina District (attraction)
  2. Le Marais Bistro and Bakery (restaurant)
  3. Isa Restaurant (restaurant)
  4. Mamacita (attraction)
  5. Palace of Fine Arts (attraction)
  6. Presidio (neighborhood)
  7. Yoda Fountain (attraction)
  8. Crissy Field (attraction)
  9. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
  10. Alcatraz (attraction)
  11. North Beach (neighborhood)
  12. Ghiradelli Square (attraction)
  13. Pier 39 (attraction)
  14. Embarcadero (attraction)
  15. Ferry Building (attraction)
  16. Columbus Tower (attraction)
  17. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (restaurant)
  18. Ocean Beach (attraction)
  19. Lands End (attraction)
  20. Sutro Baths (attraction)
  21. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
  22. California Academy of Sciences (attraction)
  23. De Young Museum (attraction)
  24. Japanese Tea Garden (attraction)
  25. Union Square (attraction)
  26. Mission District (neighborhood)
  27. Dolores Park (attraction)
  28. Bi-Rite Creamery (restaurant)
  29. Valencia St (attraction)
  30. The Castro (attraction)
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answered first by
Kristal from San Francisco

Hi,

The hop on/hop off is definitely the most efficient way to see everything. and I believe it's good for 24 hours so if you plan accordingly that should work out well. I would definitely suggest getting off at Golden Gate Park, if it's a nice day you can get off at Golden Gate Bridge and walk a little across the bridge and come back, you can also visit the area around the bridge which shows a dissected view of the cables. San Francisco Chinatown is fun to walk around in for a bit, if you like egg tarts, you can grab some for cheap at Golden Gate Bakery. You should also see the Ferry Building, there are food stalls inside where you can grab a bite to eat, for things on the go I would recommend Boccalone Salumeria for their salami sandwich or meat cone and for a snack you can grab Acme Bread Company (choose whichever bread you like - cash only) then head next door to Cowgirl Creamery for some great cheese. Take your food outside, behind the ferry building to get a great view of the bay bridge and ferries docking. Assuming it's a nice day, Dolores Park is a great way to see SF life for free, there are a ton of people who gather at the park to enjoy the sun. You can grab sandwiches from Ike's Place which is 2 blocks away and eat it at the park. For a great bakery, head to B. Patisserie or Tartine bakery and for the most amazing honey cake go to 20th Century CafeLands End will give you great views of the city and you can visit the Sutro BathsTwin Peaks is also a great lookout point offering unobstructed views of the city.  

Enjoy!

- Kristal


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  1. Golden Gate Park (attraction)
  2. Golden Gate Bridge (attraction)
  3. San Francisco Chinatown (attraction)
  4. Golden Gate Bakery (restaurant)
  5. Ferry Building (attraction)
  6. Boccalone Salumeria (restaurant)
  7. Acme Bread Company (restaurant)
  8. Cowgirl Creamery (attraction)
  9. Dolores Park (attraction)
  10. Ike's Place (restaurant)
  11. B. Patisserie (restaurant)
  12. Tartine bakery (restaurant)
  13. 20th Century Cafe (restaurant)
  14. Lands End (attraction)
  15. Sutro Baths (attraction)
  16. Twin Peaks (attraction)
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answered by
Gregor from Scottsdale

"Cable Cars" climb halfway to the stars and endless hills of San Francisco.  Your best bet for a short visit would be to take cable car to or from the Marina District "turntable".  Then walk along Fisherman's Wharf area to the Embarcadero Center (Big Clock) Marina for a R/T Ferry from there to Sausalito & return.  Much cheaper and more fun than the commercial "Bay Cruises".  Check out the views of Alcatraz & Angel Island enroute. Upon landing, you can walk along the frontage road in beautiful Sausalito (West Coast's French Riviera), do some window shopping, have a hot/cold beverage and jump back on the Ferry for a Sunset return to "the City".  Bundle up with your honey and/or a hot chocolate on the Ferry for a memorable short tour of the bay & evirons!  Enjoy.


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  1. San Francisco (city)
  2. Marina District (attraction)
  3. Fisherman's Wharf (attraction)
  4. Embarcadero Center (attraction)
  5. Sausalito (city)
  6. Alcatraz (attraction)
  7. Angel Island (attraction)




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