24 hours in San Francisco

IMG_7740

San Francisco has been on my bucket list for sometime. Finally, I got the opportunity to go, but my time spent there was like the blink of an eye.

The best piece of advise I have is, when you know your visit to a city will be short, be realistic. Make a list of things you must-see, sort of like your non-negotiables. Make another list of other things to see just in case you have more time, or something unexpectedly closes that day. Pencil in your meals. Is there a restaurant you want to try? Do you want to eat where the locals eat?

Your 24 hours in San Francisco begin:

Where to stay?

Union Square, I found to be a great neighborhood to stay. The Square is close to most things, upscale shopping, the Bart station, Cable cars, walking distance to Chinatown, and the Financial District. The Chancellor Hotel on Union Square is a family owned boutique hotel, fairly priced and I highly recommend it.

How to get around?

From San Francisco International Airport, take the Pitsburg line to Downtown San Francisco. Make sure you pay the correct fare and hold on to the ticket because you will need it to get out. It costs about $8.95 to Downton. Check out BART for more information.

Cable Cars are a definite must when you visit San Francisco. They’re a landmark on their own. There are three main lines, the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde, and California line. The Powell lines leave you close to Fisherman’s Wharf, and the California line runs from east-west to the financial district and through Chinatown. The Price of a single ride is $7 and you can get an all day pass for $20. However, this is a popular thing to do, so be prepared for long lines. NO DRINKS allowed, I had to learn this the hard way.

IMG_7738

Powell Line going through Nob Hill

Buses are easy to travel and cost only $2.50 and it gets you a transfer. Download an app or ask your hotel concierge what the fastest route is for attractions.

Take a Lyft! It’s cheap and it gets you where you need to go when your feet are tired from going up those hills. From Aquatic Park Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge it cost only $9.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf was my first destination. I arrived early in the morning, when the fog from the bay was thick, and the smell of fish fresh. Enjoy a great view of the Bay and Alcatraz, buy souvenirs and enjoy some of the seafood.

IMG_7590

IMG_7595

Pier 39

Enjoy doing some shopping, the wide variety of dinning, the aquarium of the bay, street performers, and the Sea Lions. Don’t miss out on the Sea Lions and the Sea Lion Center.

IMG_7599

There are many boat tours leaving from Pier 39. I always like taking boat cruises and enjoying the scenery from the Bay. I chose Blue and Gold Fleet’s 90-minute Escape from the Rock cruise. The tour takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island. Listen to chilling stories about the most feared prison of the time. The cost of the tour is $36 for more information visit Blue and Gold Fleet.

IMG_7674

View of Alcatraz from the boat

IMG_7636

Incredible views

IMG_7667

“The Rock” from the boat

Golden Gate Bridge

If you don’t do anything else this you have to do. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, or ride a bike. It takes about an hour each way, if you walk across it. The views of the Bay are one of a kind. And guess what? Crossing is free!

IMG_7692

Before Crossing

IMG_7702

San Francisco in the distance

IMG_7704

Half-way there

After you cross, take a few minutes to take in the view. I did it in the early afternoon, the fog had burned off and the view of the Bay was sunny and calm.

Lombard Street

Visit the east-west famous street. This popular attraction is a one-block with eight hairpin turns. You will find many tourists willing to take your picture and it won’t take more than a few minutes to see it so you can be on your way.

IMG_7576

Some of the Beautiful houses

IMG_7568

Lombard Street

Painted Ladies

Because we all watched Full House and if you don’t remember watch the opening credits. The 21 bus takes you right across the street and you can ride it back to the Financial District.

IMG_7712

Chinatown

Explore the streets of Chinatown, and you will discover a wide variety of architecture, unique shops, and restaurants. Eat Dim Sum and buy souvenirs, shop fresh produce or mingle with the locals.

IMG_7743

IMG_7718

San Francisco Eats

Sourdough bread, chowder, seafood, dim sum, oysters, are some foods associated with visiting San Francisco. When it came to the food I went a bit touristy, due to being on a tight schedule. Although, I hear San Francisco has some of the best food.

IMG_7553

Pork Dumplings

I walked around after getting to my hotel and found a random restaurant where to eat Dim Sum. The ones I had found prior to the trip had already closed. The dumplings were served with a red vinegar on the side. The lychee martini was good but not the greatest I’ve had.

IMG_7554

Lychee Martini

Every post I read said not to have seafood at Fishermen’s Wharf, they called it, “a tourist trap.” I decided to compromise and found a restaurant near. The Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar, at the Argonaut Hotel. They have an award winning crab and corn chowder.

IMG_7685

Blue Mermaid Chowder House & Bar

IMG_7686

Bloody Mermaid

IMG_7689

Crab and Corn Chowder

The morning before departing, I had smoked salmon eggs Benedict, which are said to be a Union Square staple and they did not disappoint.

IMG_7742

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

If I had more time:

IMG_7561

Alcatraz: Night Tour

Walt Disney Family Museum

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

San Francisco Whale Tours

Golden Gate Park

The Castro

Without a doubt San Francisco is a charming city and 24 hours are not enough. Even on a tight schedule, I managed to make the best of it. I hope this guide helps you plan any future trips to San Francisco.

-Mayra

IMG_7647

 

 

8 Comments

  • Thanks so much for giving everyone an extremely superb chance to read critical reviews from this blog. It’s always very fantastic and stuffed with a great time for me personally and my office acquaintances to visit your website at the least thrice in one week to learn the fresh guides you will have. Not to mention, I’m so at all times fascinated with all the wonderful ideas you serve. Selected 2 facts in this posting are absolutely the best I’ve had.

  • Myrtis says:

    First of all I would like to say awesome blog! I had
    a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
    I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes
    are generally lost just trying to figure out how to
    begin. Any suggestions or hints? Kudos!

  • pbdtrio.com says:

    Hi there this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code
    with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding
    skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • ElsaXButay says:

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of
    any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping
    maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your
    new updates.

Leave a Comment