Things to Do When Visiting San Francisco

All packed up for your trip to San Francisco? Traveling to San Francisco can be one of the most exciting experiences in the world. I mean, what’s not to like about this fog-shrouded magic? The diverse culture, the seasonless climate, and time-tested attractions, only to mention a few of the reasons why San Francisco is any traveler’s haven.

But aren’t you forgetting something? You may think you have everything planned, but without activities to fill up your itinerary, going on holiday can bum you out. Believe me, that’s the last thing you want.

Haven or not, we can’t brush off that since last year the world has been living in dystopian times. The exhilarating must-dos tourists could not wait to explore in San Francisco need to be given a second thought. Don’t get us wrong, regardless of the new safety precautions people need to observe, you can still enjoy your time in San Francisco.

Whether you are visiting for leisure or a business trip, you do not have to remain couped up in the hotel room bored out of your mind. So, what do you have planned out for a visit? Don’t fret! We are here to help. There are fun things you can still do when you visit San Francisco, and we are here to highlight our top activities.

1- Bike To The Golden Gate Bridge

At the risk of sounding like a clique, we’ll ask, have you visited San Francisco if you have not gotten to appreciate the Golden Gate Bridge? The bridge has been a global sensation since it was created in 1937 and is named the longest suspension bridge. You can make an adventure out of biking to the Golden Gate Bridge and crossing the 1.7-mile bridge connecting San Francisco Bay to Marin County. 

You can get a full ride and exploration of the Golden Gate Bridge with an electric bike, an experience you don’t want to miss out on. Book an adventure with the best electric bike tours in San Francisco and explore the city. Don’t forget to take a few snaps for your memories.

2- Sip Tea At The Japanese Garden

The existence of gardens is nothing new, but their popularity among tourists has been growing. If a peaceful and quiet day with traditional Japanese refreshments is your emo, you will love a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden. It is one of the oldest in the country, and since its creation in 1894, it has expanded to 5 acres.

Although the initial exhibition established was closed, the garden remains, and boy is it a sight! Tourists can enjoy day refreshments after seeing the stepping stones, pagodas, and even native Japanese plants.

3- A Ride To Fort Point

Uber, Lyft, and other car services are taking the world of travel by storm. But why not shake things up a little and be your ride? Rent out a bike and ride to Fort Point, where you can enjoy some region’s history and culture. The impressive architectural design of the fort harbors a lot of historical events dating back to the Civil War. Because the hours vary, check whether the historic site is open before visiting.

4- Hang Out In Dolores Park

Art, culture, and dinner dates out are all great, but nothing beats the classic picnic out in nature. The abundant sunshine, lots of fresh air and let’s not forget the gorgeous scenic views, what more would anyone want? You can organize a day picnic at Dolores Park with some packed assorted burritos from your new favorite place in town coupled with some shakes and enjoy the amazing sun.

You can even carry that book you have been putting off to read and relish in nature’s serenity.

5- Step Into The Modern Art World

Art is one thing that you will never exhaust in San Francisco, but we have picked two of our best places to visit when in the city. The Museum of Modern Art is a must-visit, with its existence coming close to almost a decade; the museum displays over 29,000 pieces from paintings and sculptures to architecture.  Have you seen a Van Gogh yet? If you like art, you will love the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit.

The exhibit has numerous displays of his work that come to life by simply looking at them. If you are planning your trip for September, get your tickets early and swing by the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit for the ultimate cultural experience.

6- Take A Hike Amongst Redwood Trees

We all know how trips can be fun activities, tantalizing dishes, and amazing drinks; after all, isn’t the whole point winding down? Absolutely! Everyone likes a good wind down; however, we can’t allow essential activities like staying hydrated and exercising to take a back seat.

You can finally change that by adding hiking to your to-do activities. What better place to wander and sweat it out than the Muir Woods National Monument? With over 240 acres of the park filled with redwood trees, you can enjoy a day out trailing through the many trails in the park.

7- A View At The Twin Peaks

San Francisco is a tourist attraction city, and we do not only say this because of its plenty of sites and fascinating history, but also its incredible views. Did you know people from all over the world travel here to enjoy the spectacular views from The Twin Peaks? Previously known as ‘Los Pechos de la Choca,’ which translates to Breasts of the Maiden, the view from both peaks, which are adjacent to one another, is to die for.

The hike to the top is always something to look forward to because you will come across plenty from animals to various plants. Once you get to the top, a beautiful view of the Bay Area will take you a while to sink in. The impeccable 64-acre park will take you down memory lane of how San Francisco looked decades ago from the peaks.

8- Take Your Pallet For A Drive

One of the things to anticipate when traveling to San Francisco is you’ll be eating out. Restaurants will open the door to new experiences for you. With the COVID restrictions, some restaurants are opening to customers allowing you to enjoy your meals.

You can call for a dining setup for some of San Francisco’s favorites and give your taste buds joy. We recommend ordering the legendary burrito at Mission. This ginormous burrito with plenty of filling will change your life.

9- An Escape To Alcatraz Island

Only a few miles off the shore of San Francisco, there is an island worth a visit. And it is none other than the infamous Alcatraz Island, once a federal prison for notorious prisoners. A place where many prisoners in the early 1930s to the early 1960s tried to escape from and miserably failed has a magnet for tourists looking to learn its history by exploring its depths.

Book a trip to the island and enjoy a day tour exploring the secrets of one of the most known prisons in the world.

10- Exploring San Francisco’s Chinatown

You heard that right! San Francisco does not have just one but four Chinatowns, with one being the biggest outside Asia, so you are in for a treat. The bustling of the market, shops, and restaurants in Chinatown are some things to add to your itinerary.

The market is among the largest and long-standing tourist attractions dating back to the California Gold Rush. Looking for authentic Chinese dishes, look no further because Chinatown is the place to be! Don’t forget to attend the Chinese festival if you are in town during the Autumn Moon Festival.

Travel tip; the event is likely to be crowded but remember to wear your mask and carry your sanitizer.

11- Take a Trip To A Colorless World

Are you visiting San Francisco and looking for an interactive place to take your children? Meet the Exploratorium where fun and learning take a whole different shape and form. With six galleries where each one focuses on a different area, your kids get to participate in video games and learn social consequences.

12- You Can’t-Miss The Home Game!

Go, Giants! You cannot leave San Francisco without watching the Giants. Being a household name, watching a game of the most famous teams will be quite the thrill. The movement the Giants step into AT&T and the entire city unites is the moment you will enjoy being a part of. You can book a ticket for the game in the Spring; if that is when you plan on visiting, you won’t regret it.

San Francisco, here we come! Just because COVID-19 slowed our roles in the traveling department doesn’t mean all is lost. By adhering to the health restrictions, you should enjoy all the activities mentioned above in San Francisco.

You now have no reason not to have the time of your life during your visits. With this article, we hope you have plenty to add to your itinerary. Offering everything from culture, rich history, the arts, and scenery, San Francisco may just be the place for you to let your hair down and have fun.

No need to drag it out. Start planning, and let’s get to exploring!

One Comment

  1. We can’t wait to get there! Once we do, we will add it to the list! Cheers. Thank you for sharing your travel experiences!
    It seems to be an interesting place…

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