Golden Gate Bridge And The Fort Point

24 Hours in San Francisco

California’s city by the bay is home to beautiful parks, piers, international restaurants, and many unique neighborhoods. To create the perfect day in San Francisco all you need to do is a little planning to make the most of 24 hours in the city. There is no shortage of things to do, but it can seem a bit overwhelming without proper preparation. Follow this guide to see the best of San Francisco in 24 hours.

Golden Gate Bridge And The Fort Point

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Morning in San Francisco

Make your way to the Golden Gate Bridge first thing in the morning to beat the crowds and the clouds. An early wake-up call rewards you with clear skies and limited tourists visiting this popular site. If you are up for a little exercise, make the 1.7 miles hike across the bridge and work up an appetite for lunch. Most people only venture to the first tower and turn back, which is a great way to get a feel for the size without crossing the entire structure. If you plan to make your way accross the entire bridge be sure to arrange transportation on the other side.

Avoid Fisherman’s Wharf

Of course you’ll want to visit this famous spot, but do it very early in the morning before the serious crowds arrive. Head down to Pier 39 and enjoy the sea lions you might have spotted from the air on your descent into the city. If you spent your morning at the Golden Gate Bridge it is still worth a brief stop here before heading to lunch just expect the crowds to grow as the day goes on.

Explore the Neighborhoods

San Francisco is a diverse city with a deep culinary culture. You can find whatever your taste buds want in this city. Head to the Mission District for lunch. The Mission District is best known for its Latino restaurants and it’s hard to go wrong selecting a place to eat in this foodie neighborhood. For Mexican food, check out La Taqueria. It is delicious and easy on the wallet. If you are in the mood for Chinese food and can’t make it to Chinatown try Mission Chinese Food, which is arguably the best in the city. Expect lines out the door for dinner at this local favorite.

Hop on a Cable Car

This is a must for every first-time visitor to San Francisco. The Powell-Hyde route is a very popular route and will make a stop at world-famous Lombard Street. The cable cars offer an easy way to see the city and have a little fun at the same time. Plus it will save you a walk up some serious hills.

1112 Lombard Street San Francisco, California

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24 Hours in San Francisco

Spending only 24 hours in an amazing city like San Francisco is tough, but checking off a few major highlights will leave you full and satisfied. If the Giants are in town, an evening by the bay is a perfect way to end your brief stay in the city. It is one of baseball’s best ball parks and offers a beautiful setting. Book a hotel near the action and make the most of your limited time exploring the city by the bay.

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