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3 Days in San Francisco: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2014

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A lot is said about San Francisco, both by visitors and locals alike. Foreigners often dub it "the most European" city in America. W.H. Taft called it "the city that knows how," and Rudyard Kipling was known to have said "San Francisco has only one drawback: 'Tis hard to leave." Needless to say, it is one of America's pride and joys, a quirky cultural hotspot, a city of seven hills, one bay, and many fun and fun-loving people. Must be something in the air.

Day 1: See the City

San Francisco proper might not be that big of a city in terms of its geographical square footage, but it is larger-than-life with things to do. Consider one of the many tours available to get your bearings and see some of the traditional “must-sees” like the Cable Car, Alcatraz, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Afterwards, walk, bike, or Segway through Panhandle Park to the beach (try and spot the windmill) and down to the waterfront. Water recreation is a great way to spend the afternoon, and from there you can relax into an evening dinner cruise with a beer or cocktail while the sun sets over stunning views of the rippling Pacific.

Day 2: Local Flavor

Part of the joy of San Francisco is simply being in the city, absorbing its culture of hippies, hipsters, business men and women, the sites, the smells, the fog. Today, take time to see the colorful neighborhoods while sampling some local fare. Many wonderful museums and parks are easily accessible as well. Drive over the Golden Gate, or cruise the Bay with champagne-filled glass to get a good sense of the waterways that define the city.

Day 3: Day Trips from the Bay

San Francisco is a million things to a million people, but an important one of those things is its close proximity to so much. Having run around the city in a day or two, many visitors can't wait to get to Wine Country. And who can blame them? Less than an hour from town awaits many a gorgeous vineyard, wine-tasting galore, culinary delights and fresh country air. Head to the Napa Valley and see where those famous California wines are grown. Or perhaps you want to see the amazing coastline south of San Francisco visiting Monterey and Carmel. A constant favorite, the notorious Alcatraz Island, is a fun way to spend a day and see what all the fuss is about.

Tours & Tickets

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Viator VIP: Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 106 Reviews

Beat the crowds to Alcatraz and experience San Francisco aboard an authentic cable car with a modern twist. This exclusive tour puts you on the first ferry to ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
$169.00 Save $20.00

Ultimate Road Trip: Campervan Rental from San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Embark on the ultimate road trip with this campervan rental! Plan your own itinerary from San Francisco to visit Napa, Sonoma, Tahoe, Big Sur, Yosemite, Los ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4, 7 or 14 days

From USD $282.75

San Francisco CityPass

4.5 star rating: Recommended 254 Reviews

For the best deal in San Francisco, go for the CityPASS! Your pass to the City by the Bay includes tickets to world-renowned attractions, discounts and seven ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $86.00
$151.90 Save $65.90

Skip the Line: California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 316 Reviews

Skip the line as you visit the California Academy of Sciences - the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $29.95

San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 65 Reviews

Enjoy unbeatable views of San Francisco as you cruise the picturesque waters of the bay on a champagne brunch cruise. With terrific food and on board ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.99

San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and City Segway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Explore Alcatraz and take a city Segway tour to see top San Francisco attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf and the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Alcatraz: varies
Segway tour: 3 hours

From USD $100.00

San Francisco Waterfront Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 161 Reviews

Enjoy spectacular views of San Francisco Bay while you glide from site to site on an eco-friendly Segway - it's the coolest ride of the 21st-century! Far ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hrs

From USD $69.99

Classic VW Van Tour of San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair—and take a city tour in a classic VW van! The restored 1971 vehicle affectionately ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

San Francisco Food Tour: Taste the Mission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore San Francisco's culinary landscape and taste dishes from the Mission District, a cultural neighborhood with a rich, diverse dining scene. On this San ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.00

San Francisco RocketBoat Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Take a speedboat ride along San Francisco Bay! See sights like Pier 39, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, AT&T Park and the Bay Bridge on your 30-minute spin on ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00

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