San Francisco is a magical place, one I feel lucky to have grown up near.
From the Golden Gate Bridge to its hilly landscape folded with fog to its candy-colored Victorian architecture, San Francisco is entrancing and charming.
If you are visiting San Francisco for the first time, here is my ultimate San Francisco itinerary for first-timers!
San Francisco Itinerary: Day One
Start your day with breakfast from the Ferry Building.
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Take a tour of Alcatraz.
Walk the Embarcadero to Pier 39 for some sea lion spying.
Check out the nostalgic Fisherman’s Wharf.
Check the views from the Municipal Pier.
Walk through Great Meadow Park.
Check out the Wave Organ.
Walk around the Palace of Fine Arts.
Wander through Lover’s Lane in the Presidio.
Head up to Crissy Beach for epic views.
Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Take in the views from Battery Spencer.
San Francisco Itinerary: Day Two
Start the day with a pastry from Tartine.
Check out the views from Dolores Park.
Walk though the Castro and see the iconic Castro Theater.
Take your classic photo with the Painted Ladies.
Check out Haight-Ashbury’s lesser-known Victorians.
Walk in Golden Gate Park to the Conservatory of Flowers.
Marvel at the Japanese Tea Garden.
Take an Uber back to downtown SF for dim sum at Yank Sing.
Walk to Dragon’s Gate to explore SF’s Chinatown.
Learn about Beatnik history at the City Lights Bookstore.
Head to Coit Tower for gorgeous views (and parrots?)
Walk up the crookedest street in the world.
Take in the sunset in Ina Coolbrith Park.
Allison Green is a travel blogger, writer, and podcaster who grew up in the Bay Area of California. She has spent time living in New York, Prague, and Sofia, but has returned to live in the East Bay. She has traveled to 60 countries before the age of 30 while running several digital travel businesses. Her writing and podcast have been featured in Forbes, CBC Canada, National Geographic, the Huffington Post, and CNN Arabic, amongst others. She’s obsessed with dogs, wine, and anywhere she can see the ocean.