“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…”
Dreaming of the perfect fall getaway weekend in one of the most amazing and beautiful locations in America? Make a trip to the exquisite City by the Bay. There literally is no other city like San Francisco with its picturesque skyline, beautiful architecture, interesting people, and a million things to do all packed into a dense and compact city. San Francisco dreaming can be your reality by visiting these 8 super fun locations in the Golden Gate City.
Cable Cars: San Francisco is known for several things, but its most famous residents are those vintage yellow cable cars that lug passengers up exceedingly difficult hills throughout the city. Riders can hop on and hop off at numerous locations, but jumping on at Fisherman’s Wharf and riding the cable cars south is the best ride—perfect for site seeing and San Francisco dreaming.
Fisherman’s Wharf: Probably the most visited area in SF, the Fisherman’s Wharf is kind of like the Times Square of San Fran. It’s packed with tourists, souvenir stands and kiosks, and bursting with action. Fresh fish gets delivered here every day, and there are ample restaurants to choose from. Check out the seals on the abandon docks and views of the bay as well as skyline.
Ghirardelli Square: San Francisco dreaming wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory and restaurants. SF is home to Ghirardelli, and the factory has tours for visitors. Try some of their famous chocolate or indulge on some ice cream while looking out onto the bay from Ghirardelli’s amazing viewpoints.
Union Square: If the dream San Francisco trip involves shopping, head to Union Square on San Francisco’s MUNI (one of the best metros in the world). There are many famous fashion houses here to provide tourists with plenty of fabulous shopping.
Alcatraz: San Francisco’s other most famous resident is a little island sitting in the middle of the bay that used to be one of the world’s most famous and infamous prisons. Alcatraz island is no longer a prison, but daily tours out to the island are a great way to learn a little bit of history while taking in unrivaled views of San Francisco.
Blue and Gold Cruises: If taking in the entirety of San Francisco’s skyline is your dream, consider jumping onboard A Blue or Gold Line Cruise through SF Bay. The views are can’t be beat and these cruises are a welcome calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Castro: San Francisco is the world’s gay Mecca, and no visit to SF would be complete without a visit to the Rainbow City. Head to the Castro for culture, great restaurants, vintage shopping, nearby Delores Park (gay beach), and amazing nightlife. It’s the gayest gayborhood on the planet.
The Painted Ladies: Made iconic in movies and on TV’s Full House, the Painted Ladies are San Francisco’s shining star. These colorful houses built in a row offer a prime example of San Francisco architecture with the most stunning view of the city behind them. For the dream San Francisco photo-op, be sure to pay the Painted Ladies a visit.