San Francisco Bike Tours
San Francisco Car Tours
San Francisco belongs to the most charming cities in the US. You can easily spend a week in the city and its vicinity without seeing any sight twice. But given that most visitors only have 2-3 days to explore San Francisco I will share the most beautiful areas and sights with you, bundled in efficient walking, biking and driving routes.
By following my San Francisco travel guide you cover all popular sights and will discover San Francisco off-the-beaten path.
The best way to explore the diverse and charming city is on foot. If you come to San Francisco by car, either drop it off at your car rental or leave it in the hotel’s parking garage. Parking in San Francisco is a nightmare and incredibly expensive. Just in case San Francisco is your first stop on a longer tour on the West Coast make sure you rent your car not before the day you continue your travels. This will safe you a small fortune for parking.
San Francisco is not as big as you might think and most quarters and sights are in walking distance or easy to reach by public transportation.
Most hotels in San Francisco and many restaurants and shops are located around Union Square, the heart of the city.
The Financial District adjoins Union Square to the East and contains many banking intuitions. Moreover it ends at the Bay Shore and embeds the Yerba Buena Gardens and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). During day the district is a busy area that turns into a quiet and almost abandoned quarter during night.
South of Market, short SOMA, is next to the Financial District and Union Square in the South. Most parts are re-vitalized former industrial areas. Today the old industrial and warehouse buildings are transformed into residential and office buildings and you can find many ad agencies and start-ups in this area. Moreover, the Oakland Bay Bridge runs into SOMA and the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park is located here.
North of San Francisco’s Union Square is Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in North America and one of the largest outside China. Its boundaries stretch far into North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy with a large Italian American population.
This area adjoins Fisherman’s Wharf with the touristy Pier 39 and its famous sea lions and the quarter of Russian Hill that embeds the curvy part of Lombard Street.
To the West along the Bay follows the Marina District and Cow Hollow, both residential neighborhoods with many shops, restaurants, and bars. Besides, the area is known for the Palace of Fine Arts that was built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1906. Another place that should be on your to do list is Crissy Field. The former airfield is part of the city’s Presidio that was transformed into a recreational area and leads directly to the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. From the shore in the Marina District you have scenic views towards Alcatraz, Marin County, the Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge.