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When to visit based on price

Your best time to visit San Francisco is during the cooler winter months, between October and March, except during holidays.

Key attractions

A visit to the infamous island prison of Alcatraz on Alcatraz Island is not only a fun way to spend a day, but enlightening. Take a ferryboat out to the island, viewing the city and bridge from the water. Spend a few hours on a self-guided tour with headsets, and learn life in prison during the days of the gangsters. You get to see the actual cells of some of the most famous inmates, like Al Capone ad Machine Gun Kelly. Walk the grounds and famous “exercise area”.
Spend some time on Fisherman’s Warf, for some seaside shopping, and dining on the water. This is a relaxing environment, with some of the most excellent seafood restaurants in San Francisco. This is also a good place to look for those gifts for the relatives back home.
While in San Francisco, you just have to take the “Ronzoni” Powell Street cable-car ride up to the top of the hill and back. It gives you a whole new look at the hills of San Francisco.

Having fun

If you enjoy strolling the streets and popping into a pub or restaurant, then its off the Pier 39. Here you can shop until your drop in some really enjoyable shops, then take in one of the fourteen restaurants for a break. It’s all on the waterfront, and you can choose to sit along the dock and enjoy the symphony put on by area sea lions.
For something different, a visit to Chinatown is always a nice getaway from the town and waterfront. You can stroll the streets, shops and maybe if you’re a good cook, some of the Asian grocery stores for those hard to find items.

Shopping

There are some different and interesting shopping areas in San Francisco. Starting with shops straight out of the “hippy generation”, Haight Ashbury Shopping District shops on even today. You will find as you stroll the streets, some higher-end stores mixed with clothing and jewelry from the 1960’s era.
When down by the waterfront, the Embarcadero District offers a wide range of stores for you, from famous eyewear, Ann Taylor to Banana Republic and more.
And then there’s the Fillmore Street District where you can find Paolo Shoes, Eric Trabert Jewelers, Betsey Johnson Clothing, Crosswords Trading Company, Kuraya Japanese Antiques and over twenty health and beauty stores.

Nearby

The most popular day trip from San Francisco is the Napa / Sonoma Wine Country. Only an hours drive from San Francisco, you could easily spend a day or more in Napa / Sonoma County. The journey through the countryside alone is well worth the time. You can choose from several areas to visit some of the most famous wineries in the United States. Although most require a “tasting fee”, you will find it well worth the price, and many deduct it from the cost of wines you purchase.

The Napa / Sonoma area is home to many fine dining restaurants, as well as some smaller pubs type taverns for lunch or dinner. However, there is nothing quite like stopping in a t a local deli, and having them make you a picnic lunch. This is very popular, and most wineries offer garden setting for you picnic lunch in the vines.



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Most popular hotels in San Francisco

  • Book Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
    Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf
     
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    What Guests Like Being within walking distance of Fisherman’s Wharf is a great bonus, especially as the onsite restaurant is limited to a breakfast buffet and snack kiosk. It hardly seems to matter when you can step outside and find excellent eateries all around you. Friendly service and tech-savvy concierge staff will help tho...
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  • Book Handlery Union Square Hotel in San Francisco.
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  • Book Hotel Nikko San Francisco in San Francisco.
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  • Book Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco - Union Square in San Francisco.
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    What Guests Like The Parc 55 Wyndham is easy to get to. The Staff is friendly and the food is good if limited. A breakfast bar is offered at a nominal price. Views are terrific, particularly of Market Street. If there happens to be a parade, this is a great place to catch it. The staff makes it their business to get to know guests an...
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  • Book The Westin San Francisco Market Street in San Francisco.
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    What Guests Like This hotel is a blend of artsy design and lushly decorated guest rooms. City views from floor to ceiling windows are amazing. Inside, guests can expect stylish wood accents, plush carpeting and even a state-of-the-art Heavenly Bath tub. The views inside the lobby have great ornamentation and the Fitness Studio is som...
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  • Book Clift in San Francisco.
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    What Guests Like The Clift is a historic hotel and you will always find a lively crowd at the onsite bar and a helpful staff. The contemporary style of the furnishing is both clean and whimsical. Concierge service goes above and beyond to make guest stays memorable. If you are looking for space for a conference, party or wedding this...
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  • Book Inn on Broadway in San Francisco.
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  • Book Hilton San Francisco Downtown/Financial District in San Francisco.
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  • Book The Pickwick Hotel in San Francisco.
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  • Book Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco.
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    What Guests Like Even today the Hotel Whitcomb still maintains its historical charm. The hotel’s décor is designed around early 1800s historical record, and still retains much of the Edwardian architecture people associate with the time. There are even theme rooms to choose from such as the Mark Twain Room, Marilyn Monro...
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  • Book Omni San Francisco Hotel in San Francisco.
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  • Book Hotel Adagio, Autograph Collection in San Francisco.
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Local expert's tips

  • San Francisco Summer Fun Things to Do for Families

    How many people visit San Francisco with plans to visit the San Francisco Zoo? How many people know there’s a zoo there? Well, you should because it’s a pretty nice one.
    It’s home to over 1,000 exotic animals, has some wonderful and “cooling” gardens. And another thing that’s exciting for young children, and should be for you too, they have special areas for endangered animals and rescue animals.
    The zoo is always an exciting and educational experience wherever you visit, so why not visit the zoo in San Francisco?
    Next let’s see a very cool, especially on the evening tour, fun way to see San Francisco. The City Segway Tours are a fun sight seeing tool, and contrary to popular belief, is really easy to learn. In fact, the tour won’t leave until everyone is taught to and can handle a Segway safely.
    If your youngsters are over 12 years old and weigh over 100 lbs., then they can tour with you. You can choose tours during the day of the Bay Area, and during the evening when it’s cooler.
    Another fun visit is to Yerba Buena Gardens and the Cartoon Art Museum. Perfect for young children as well as Dad who might not admit it but collected comic books when he was little. Everybody knows who Charles Schultz is, but did you know he helped start the Cartoon Art Museum in the Art District of San Francisco? Have some fun in air conditioning with your kids, and see some old cartoon art, and the latest artists on canvas.
    Let’s take a peek at the Exploratorium, which is located in the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco. It’s a perfect place to spend a few hours with your smaller children.
    They get to actually get hands on exhibits and interact with wonders of creation. Keep those little hands occupied while Mom & Dad get to relax a bit. They will enjoy hours of playtime because there’s well over 500 exhibits to enjoy.
    Finally you should for sure check out the San Francisco Aquarium because, let’s face it, you’re on bay, and many of the over 30,000 marine animals in this aquarium come from local waters. As San Francisco is well known as a conservation sensitive city, this aquarium is involved heavily with the protection and preservation of its waters and their inhabitants.

  • Let the local’s guide you to the best Happy Hours in San Francisco

    Another excellent choice daily between 5-6:30 PM would be Bar Crudo Oyster Bar, located on Divisadero Street. This is not only a great place to come for dinner, but also the Happy Hour serves up some of their yummy delights for less, so why not get your seafood fix and cheap drinks. A glass of nice wine and a few $1 oyster shooters and you will soon know why we picked this place. If beers your thing maybe $4 a pint from some awesome tapers too. Enjoy their other specials in food world, like $6 for seafood chowder that’s out of this world, or maybe muscles swimming in herb and jalapeno marinade. Its all good with much more available to you here.
    If you just happen to be checking out Chinatown for a day, why not end up at the Comstock Saloon on Columbus Ave for a trip back to the days of the California Gold Rush. It’s not gold flowing from the hills, but their specialty cocktails for $7 each should be a great replacement. For those really needing to relax, and probably take a Taxi after dinner, start your evening with a Happy Hour Special of a shot and beer “pairing” for $7. Locals suggest maybe the “Cabezazo”, which is a shot of Pueblo Viejo Tequila and a Tecate.
    The Two Sisters Bar & Books located on Hayes Street offers a different kind of setting for your more relaxed happy hour pleasure. A bit of class surrounds you in this eclectic bar scene, where you find yourself surrounded by vintage old style wallpapered walls, sitting at the window seat. In hand you enjoy your $3 draft beer or choice of wine or mixed drink for only $5. If you want to really get the party going, try the special $5 Old Fashion, and see where that leads you.
    Finally we offer you a happy hour selection that gives you options depending on when you are visiting. alaMar, located on Gough Street in Oakland has happy hour M-F between 5-6:30 PM offering wine choices for $6 and beers for only $4 a mug. There’s a good selection of appetizers to choose from at $6 each, along with fresh oyster shooters for $1.50 a piece. Oh what a deal. But wait! If your in town on a Saturday, enjoy a late night happy hour or maybe a “small plate dinner” of the same offerings, between 9 PM until closing.

  • Spend an in-expensive day at Fisherman’s Warf, San Francisco

    The main attraction of the Warf as far as seafood is concerned is the Dungeness crab which is you have never partaken, is almost a mandatory part of visiting San Francisco. Back in early days before this became a tourist area, the fishermen would cook the crab in massive steel pots and sell them to those walking about the streets. Today they are still served boiled, however you’ll have them on a plate, with silverware and napkin, or in most cases a bunch of napkins.

    Visiting today, there are many excellent restaurants for enjoying the “fresh catch” of the day, as well as an iconic sourdough bread bowl of clam chowder, another specialty here. Later in the article we will give a few hints of what awaits you in the world of taste buds in San Francisco’s, Fisherman’s Warf.

    Best time to visit for cheaper hotel rates? October through March, except holidays.

    The Warf is where you can not only see the infamous Alcatraz Island in the bay, but also where you can catch the boat out to the island for a tour. If you are only visiting for a day, you might not want to do a tour however, if staying at one of the area hotels, another day’s activities should include an Alcatraz Tour.

    Strolling the Warf streets and visiting the many shops, although appearing to be tourist traps, actually can hold treasures, especially during a cool or rainy afternoon. Who doesn’t have a shirt or sweatshirt or two with a destination or attraction on it? Whether it’s a coffee mug or a hoodie with “I Spent Time On Alcatraz Island”, somewhere down the road it will surly bring a smile to your face. Also, among those little shops, you’ll find local artist crafts as well as boutique clothing stores and maybe something really special for someone at home.

    If traveling with or without small children, the Pier 39 Aquarium of the Bay is a fun, exciting and informative experience, and a great place to visit. You will experience the underwater world of the waters in the bay, including otters, Giant Pacific octopuses, bat rays and sevengill sharks, during your stroll through clear glass tunnels. If you’ve never experienced this before, it’s quite a hair-raiser at times, so be sure your blood pressure is in check.

    The Aquarium is divided into four “learning areas” where you can experience the diversity of the waters around San Francisco. Discover the Bay shows you the animals found around the area docks. Under the Bay is where you walk through two massive clear tunnels viewing over 200 species. Then there’s the Touch the Bay where you actually arrive in the “petting zoo” and actually get to touch sharks, rays and more. Finally it’s time of course for a visit with California’s Otter families in the River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors area. All in all, the aquarium is a great place to spend a few hours and well worth the time and entry fee.

    As with many other tourist areas, there’s also a Fisherman’s Warf Wax Museum, where you and the kids can experience famous and infamous personalities from our nations history. Although it may not be such a big deal to parents, it can be quite fascinating to children.

    Fun for all, a visit to Fisherman’s Warf isn’t complete without checking out the USS Pampanito, a real World War II submarine docked at Pier 45. Right nearby you can also visit and explore the largest U.S. collection of historical vessels by heading to the Hyde Street Pier, and don’t forget your camera. This area is ripe for a “selfie” or two.

    If traveling with or without small children, the Pier 39 Aquarium of the Bay is a fun, exciting and informative experience, and a great place to visit. You will experience the underwater world of the waters in the bay, including otters, Giant Pacific octopuses, bat rays and sevengill sharks, during your stroll through clear glass tunnels. If you’ve never experienced this before, it’s quite a hair-raiser at times, so be sure your blood pressure is in check.

    The Aquarium is divided into four “learning areas” where you can experience the diversity of the waters around San Francisco. Discover the Bay shows you the animals found around the area docks. Under the Bay is where you walk through two massive clear tunnels viewing over 200 species. Then there’s the Touch the Bay where you actually arrive in the “petting zoo” and actually get to touch sharks, rays and more. Finally it’s time of course for a visit with California’s Otter families in the River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors area. All in all, the aquarium is a great place to spend a few hours and well worth the time and entry fee.

    As with many other tourist areas, there’s also a Fisherman’s Warf Wax Museum, where you and the kids can experience famous and infamous personalities from our nations history. Although it may not be such a big deal to parents, it can be quite fascinating to children.

    Fun for all, a visit to Fisherman’s Warf isn’t complete without checking out the USS Pampanito, a real World War II submarine docked at Pier 45. Right nearby you can also visit and explore the largest U.S. collection of historical vessels by heading to the Hyde Street Pier, and don’t forget your camera. This area is ripe for a “selfie” or two.

    If traveling with or without small children, the Pier 39 Aquarium of the Bay is a fun, exciting and informative experience, and a great place to visit. You will experience the underwater world of the waters in the bay, including otters, Giant Pacific octopuses, bat rays and sevengill sharks, during your stroll through clear glass tunnels. If you’ve never experienced this before, it’s quite a hair-raiser at times, so be sure your blood pressure is in check.

    The Aquarium is divided into four “learning areas” where you can experience the diversity of the waters around San Francisco. Discover the Bay shows you the animals found around the area docks. Under the Bay is where you walk through two massive clear tunnels viewing over 200 species. Then there’s the Touch the Bay where you actually arrive in the “petting zoo” and actually get to touch sharks, rays and more. Finally it’s time of course for a visit with California’s Otter families in the River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors area. All in all, the aquarium is a great place to spend a few hours and well worth the time and entry fee.

    As with many other tourist areas, there’s also a Fisherman’s Warf Wax Museum, where you and the kids can experience famous and infamous personalities from our nations history. Although it may not be such a big deal to parents, it can be quite fascinating to children.

    Fun for all, a visit to Fisherman’s Warf isn’t complete without checking out the USS Pampanito, a real World War II submarine docked at Pier 45. Right nearby you can also visit and explore the largest U.S. collection of historical vessels by heading to the Hyde Street Pier, and don’t forget your camera. This area is ripe for a “selfie” or two.


  • Attractions in San Francisco you shouldn’t miss, and they’re free!

    Whether you have seen them in a movie, travel show or the old “Rice-A-Roni” commercials, the cable car has a place in history, especially here in San Francisco. When visiting the World Famous Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco, you need to catch a historic ride on the F-Line cable car that runs from there through the Embarcadero and up Market Street to the top of the Castro District.
    Staying on the “cable car” theme, another often overlooked attraction, and definitely one for families is the Cable Car Museum, which is located in the historic district of downtown San Francisco. This museum is located in the Washington-Mason Powerhouse up on Nob Hill. You can spend some time roaming about the massive wheels and engines that hauled the cable cars up San Francisco hills many moons ago. Take a photo or two in front of the three 1880’s cable cars on view as your thoughts wander to days gone by.

    Pack yourself a picnic lunch, complete with perhaps a bottle of California’s wine and head off to stroll the Presidio, the old military post, now a National Park. This beautiful park is a splendid place to spend some time appreciating the architectural treasures throughout the park as well as its beautiful trails. However, you can enhance your visit and picnic site by heading to Crissy Field in the northern section of the park along the water. Here you can spread a blanket or use one of the picnic tables and barbeque set-ups while enjoying views of the bay and San Francisco Bridge.

    While there: See if there’s a walking tour while you’re there, they are free.

    Another outstanding adventure is located on the waterfront at Pier 15, in the Embarcadero. This attraction is so much fun for adults as well as families traveling with small children. This is a “hands on” museum, housing some 600 hands-on curious exhibits will entertain you for hours. Besides the exhibits another reason to visit is the magnificent glass and steel “Bay Observatory” offering some of the best views of San Francisco and the bay.

    A visit to Lombard Street, considered to many to be the “crookedest street” in San Francisco, and possibly the world is just a “kick”. You have two choices when visiting this famous street, driving or walking, each quite the experience in their own way. The draw over the years to this street is of course the eight zigzag turns that cover one block of San Francisco hills. Driving this road down a “bobsled type drop” at or below the posted 5 mph (8 km/h) is an experience only for the brave and any passenger that enjoys screaming on roller coasters.

    A much better way to visit in a relaxed fashion and gain the advantage of exercise before that big meal is taking the Powel-Hyde Cable Car. This will pick you up in Union Square or Ghirardelli Square and let you off the car at the top of Lombard Street. If you are in the best of shape or want to be, the walk up the street can be quite an adventure in itself as well as a gourmet adventure. You might decide to take those much-needed breaks along the way for an Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Café or a chocolate at Ghirardelli Chocolates.

    Finally lets take a look at visiting some of the most famous example of early American architecture in San Francisco, and one to brighten your day. The Painted Ladies of San Francisco sounds like a visit to a “red light district”, but in fact are seven Victorian-style homes built between 1892 and 1896. These incredible homes are located on Steiner Street, and are survivors of this style of homes destroyed by the great San Francisco Earthquake in 1906. Bring your camera and capture the splendor of designs found in these homes that look exactly as they did back in the day.


  • Get off the “beaten path” in San Francisco, “on the cheap”

    So now that you have found a great deal on your hotel, it’s time to look at and plan your visit to San Francisco. For the lowest hotel rates as well as low visitor numbers, plan to visit in the Fall and Winter months, September through February. Keep in mind the exception to the rule, holidays. During these months, hotels often slash rates to encourage occupancy. You also will have the advantage of fewer crowds, however, be sure to bundle up and wear layers of clothes.

    Our first recommendation on your journey around San Francisco is to visit a “wild animal” attraction one would expect to only find in Montana and Wyoming. That being said, a visit to the Golden Gate Park will not only affords you an awesome view of San Francisco, but also the American Buffalo. You heard me right, ever since the late 1800’s these magnificent animals have been here in the park for your viewing. Now this isn’t the only reason to visit the park, as this 1000-acre plus activity location offers plenty. From Japanese Tea Gardens, Botanical Garden, the Herschell-Spillman Carousel, Segway Tours to Frisbee Golf Course and more.
    It’s a fantastic place to spend a day in the park where a free shuttle is offered to all areas of the park.

    What better way to really see and learn the history of a place than by taking a “walking tour”? Why not sign up and take a free San Francisco City Guide walking tour? You’ll have a choice of multiple areas of San Francisco, and learn about the history, culture and architecture. You can visit old Victorian houses, walk 100+-year-old alleyways or visit streets where you swear you hear activities of the Gold Rush Days. There’s a Foodie Tour of North Beach, “Behind the scenes” in the old Fairmont Hotel, a Chinatown Tour and many more. The best part is they are free, however, a nice gratuity for your tour guide is appreciated and in order.
    Contact the Main Library on Larkin Street for tours.

    If that walking tour has your stomach rumbling and the thought of a good burger enters your mind, have we got the place for you? Ganim’s Market on 18th Street is a corner market that locals use not only for a “quick pick”, but also for the burgers. You can’t miss the place because the sign has a big burger on it. Being that it’s a neighborhood market, you can expect a casual, comfortable interior, and you get it. A perfect place to chat with the locals, grab a six-pack of beer to go with that burger and fries 9massive amounts), and maybe share, the beer of course.

    For not only an adventure in San Francisco, but also an adventure in dining, the SOMA Streatfood Park is an experience you just shouldn’t pass up. If you can’t find something scrumptious here, that won’t break the bank, then it doesn’t exist. And to go with that food there’s now “Streat Brew”, San Francisco’s first Food Truck able to serve wine and beer both by bottle and draft.

    Here’s another excellent itinerary for a day in San Francisco, that won’t break the bank. Plan a day at Angel Island State Park, a historic place which was once the West Coasts entry port, or Ellis Island. Head down early in the morning to the downtown Ferry district, and check out the Ferry Building Marketplace. The idea is to cruise the many food shops and come up with a picnic lunch you can take on the ferryboat to the island.
    Make sure you bring your camera or smartphone, because the views from the island of Alcatraz, the city and the bay are fantastic. Wear good hiking shoes, because the trails aren’t to tough, and well worth taking.

    Now everyone that visits San Francisco, especially for the first time, needs to experience Fisherman’s Warf. It’s not really “off the beaten path”, but that doesn’t mean you must spend a million bucks and eat on the top restaurants. It doesn’t make any difference what the weathers like, dress accordingly and go for a walk. You can visit the shops, keeping an eye out for one of the many restaurants along the way. Always check out the menu, which is usually posted outside. You’re sure to find one that will fit your wallet and in many cases, offer great bay views, sometimes even outside seating. San Francisco restaurants, especially on the Warf, offer some of the best fresh seafood.

    Here’s a word or two about public transportation in greater San Francisco. It’s highly recommended to use it.

    Muni is an extensive network consisting of streetcars, busses, streetcars and trolleybuses. They cover the entire city, including every shopping district and tourist destination. The system has 1, 3 and 7-day passes or “Passports” for sales that offer unlimited rides on all. At times of choice or necessity, the Taxi services in San Francisco are safe and plentiful, and most time a great source for info.

  • San Francisco – 5 Ways To Experience The City For Less

    So how do you spend less while seeing more in San Francisco? Easy, just check out a few of things to do in San Francisco.

    Transportation: Buy a BART ( Bay Area Rapid Transit) pass and save money. Also consider using Uber or Uber x to get around town. It will save you money on parking and you can spend more time sightseeing and less time trying to figure out all the one way streets. You should know that while San Francisco is a pedestrian friendly city, it seems much larger than it actually is because you have to climb a large hill to get from one side to the other.

    Logistics: Where you stay makes a difference when it comes to moving around the city. Walking to Chinatown or Little Italy as well as having access to Market Street and the embarcadero means you need a hotel that is centrally located.

    The Golden Gate Bridge
    Everybody wants that perfect picture on the bridge or of the bridge but driving across is a bit of a hassle because you really never get a good opportunity to see the bridge. IN stead you can walk across the bridge and at 1.7 miles it is a manageable walk or you can rent a bike and take the bike path across. While you do that you might as well head all the way over to Sausalito for lunch and then pedal your way back. On a bright, sunny day this is about as good as it can get in San Francisco. Since there is a good chance that I might be a bit foggy, the bike option helps you keep warm and often gives you a bit better perspective on the size and span of the bridge.

    Golden Gate Park
    There are plenty of walking trails and sights in the park but this is one of those places where a bike rental goes a long way. You can see most of the park on a long ride or you can find a tiny corner of the open space and just enjoy the climate that is so very much a part of the Bay area.

    Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory lets visits check out the process.

    Cable Car Museum
    The cable cars are part of the history of San Francisco and while a trip to the city without one is almost impossible (it can be expensive unless you buy a day pass) you have to at least take in the free museum. The museum is free and it gives you a great rundown of all the tidbits that you never thought you wanted to know. You will get to see where all the cable cars originate in the city and you’ll also get a better understanding of how they work.
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    Take a free city tour
    San Francisco City Guides offer tours in neighborhoods by real guides who are both in formative and very helpful when looking for things to do. These walking tours are free and a gem in this city.

    Lombard Street
    Yes, this is one of those tourist spots that is hard to believe exists but get to the top of the street and look out at the city. The switchback road turns too many times to count but the views of the city from here are worth a visit.

    Fisherman’s Wharf
    No matter how many times you visit San Francisco you have to have some of that mediocre clam chowder in a fresh sourdough bread bowl. You have to do it and you wont be hungry the rest of the day if you finish the entire thing. It’s the best cheap meal in San Francisco and your options are plentiful on the wharf. When you are done walk around with the rest of the tourists and watch all of the street performers trying to earn a living a dollar at a time.