It’s hard to believe that San Francisco, a relatively small Californian city (it’s only 7 miles by 7 miles!), is packed with so much vibrance and distinctive culture that can only be confirmed by one’s own exploration of the coastal city -so much so that we’ve decided to bring you another 24 hour itinerary of our very much-loved San Francisco.
If you’re on a tight schedule and only have a day to spare, do not despair! We break down our ideal itinerary of the Bay Area that can be done at an enjoyable pace within 24 hours.
Start your day with the Golden Gate Bridge
While the Golden Gate Bridge is the city’s most well-known landmark and is a little touristy, it’s completely worth it. The only way to understand the tremendous scale of this architectural masterpiece is to walk through and stand atop it yourself, but try getting there early in the morning to avoid the crowds. And while you’re at it, it’s worth checking out the stunning Golden Gate Park located in the bridge’s close proximity.
Alternatively, you can make your way through Lands End
If you don’t feel like battling the crowds by walking on the bridge itself, take a gentle hike through Lands End where you’ll be sure to have unobstructed views of the bridge and coast minus the crowds. More of a walk than a hike, you could really spend an entire day here wandering through several treasures, such as the rock labyrinth, Mile Rock Lighthouse, and octagon house. The best part is that if you reach the peak, you’ll be treated to unrivaled views of the San Francisco Bay and the bridge.
Have a late lunch at SOMA StrEat Food Park
Experience the diverse food scene that San Francisco offers by grabbing a bite to eat at your choice of abundant food trucks, getting some drinks, and finding some indoor seats to eat in retro yellow buses. The market also hosts several community and cultural events, so be sure to check out their calendar to see what might be in store during your visit.
Go along for a ride in one of San Fran’s Cable Cars
Trust us, your legs and feet will thank you. San Francisco is notoriously known for its killer steep hills that wind up and down, leaving even the most well-walked travelers sore from a day of walking. Skip the steps and hop on one of the historic cable cars along the Powell/Hyde line, a trademark of San Francisco, and see the city with the comfort of sitting with the wind in your hair and giving your feet a well-deserved rest.
Spend the afternoon in Mission
The Mission, San Francisco’s “little Mexico”, is a quaint neighbourhood filled with local shops, restaurants, and markets where you can browse around and pick up a few things for your travels.
Nothing says San Francisco like enjoying a good Mission burrito. Really, San Francisco locals take burritos very seriously, especially ones that are stuffed and filled to the brim and the Mission is where to find them at. Eat from burrito shops that have received stamps of approval from the locals at Taqueria Cancun, El Farolito, Pancho Villa, or Papalote Mexican Grill for a vegetarian option. If it’s sunny, get your burrito to go, and walk over to Dolores Park to take in a sweeping city view.
Cap off the day with a night visit to the Exploratorium
Museums may not be at the top of every traveller’s list, but San Francisco’s Exploratorium is one you will not want to miss. The Exploratorium is one-of-a-kind in that it is comprised of interactive exhibits with an “After Dark” special on Thursday nights where you can make your way through over 650 hands-on exhibits, including the pitch-black Tactile Dome.