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San Francisco Itinerary: A Perfect Weekend Trip To SF

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Planning a San Francisco Itinerary can be quite the task – especially if you only have a few days over a weekend. The city boasts iconic sights, delectable food and an abundance of fun activities. Having visited SF countless times, we created this guide to the perfect San Francisco Weekend Trip.

San Francisco has long ranked as one of our favorite cities in the world. During the many years that we lived in Phoenix, Arizona, we often escaped the summer desert heat to the cool coastline on quick San Francisco weekend trips. Because there is so much to see and do in SF, we had to meticulously plan our weekend trips to make the most of our time. To help other travelers, we are sharing our Best Itinerary for San Francisco.


Weekend Trip To San Francisco

We fit as much sightseeing as possible into our San Francisco Weekend Itinerary. It is ideal for first-time travelers who want to see the absolute best sights of San Francisco in a short amount of time.

The highlights of our itinerary for San Francisco include the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Ferry Building Marketplace, Coit Tower and many more quintessential SF sights – plus our top tips for food and drink.


Our Itinerary for 1, 2 or 3 Days in San Francisco

For our SF Itinerary, we assume that weekend visitors will have two full days in San Francisco. However, some travelers might only have one day in San Francisco, while others may visit over a long weekend and plan to see San Francisco in 3 days.

In this SF blog post, we outline a detailed San Francisco 2-Day Itinerary. However, to help fellow travelers with more (or less!) time plan their perfect SF trip, we include outlines and tips for longer (and shorter!) stays at the end of the post.


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Our San Francisco 2 Day Itinerary covers the top city sights! At the end of the post, we include other essential SF information – like how to get there, how to get around and where to stay.


Day 1 of your 2 Day Itinerary San Francisco

On the first day of your 2-Day San Francisco Itinerary spend time enjoying some of the most iconic San Fran sights – and feasting on classic SF cuisine.


Shop at Ferry Building Marketplace

A symbol of the city, the Ferry Building opened in 1898 and has long been the city’s entry point for ferryboat passengers. In the early 2000s, the building was transformed into a luxury marketplace featuring a variety of regional goods – and it’s the perfect place to kick off visiting San Francisco in a weekend.

Blue Bottle Coffee, Cowgirl Creamery’s Cheese and Hog Island Oyster Company are a few of the most popular shops. Additionally, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, an artisan farmer’s market – where shoppers can sample products and purchase ready-made meals – is held in the plaza.

Pro Tip: Enjoy breakfast at the marketplace coffee shop, Blue Bottle Coffee – and then pick up some fresh fruit and sandwiches to eat later as a picnic lunch!


Ride the Ferry to Sausalito

Next up on your 2 Days in San Francisco Itinerary is a classic ferry ride on San Francisco Bay. 

Hop on a Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry (from the pier at the Ferry Building Marketplace) for a 30-minute ride north to Sausalito. If the weather permits, find a spot in the bow of the ship. Passengers have excellent views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island.

Pro Tip: The boat has room for 200 bikes, so bring one along if you want!


Explore Sausalito

The small seaside city of Sausalito is well-known for its artistic flair and houseboat community and a fabulous place to spend some time during a weekend in San Francisco. Visitors are invited to stroll along the waterfront, wander through the marina, shop at the galleries and browse the boutiques. 

Pro Tip: After exploring Sausalito, get an Uber to Vista Point at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.


Walk Across The Golden Gate Bridge

As one of the most recognizable bridges in the world, taking a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge is an essential activity for every San Francisco Itinerary! The two-tower, steel-cable orange bridge was built in the 1930s and stretches 1.7 miles across the bay. We think it is best to walk from north to south, so that trekkers have a view of the San Fran skyline in front of them.

Beginning at Vista Point, the walk across the bridge takes about an hour, allowing for plenty of time to stop and take in the views and to look for swimming sea lions in the water below.

Pro Tip: The Welcome Center on the south end of the bridge offers exhibits and information about the bridge.


Picnic Lunch in Crissy Field Park

Once a military airfield, Crissy Field was converted into a national park in the early 2000s. Marked with trails, beaches, lookout points and picnic areas, the park is the perfect spot for an outdoor lunch on your 2 Day San Francisco Itinerary. 

Either eat what you brought with you from the Marketplace or stop at the Warming Hut Cafe, which is housed in a historic building in the park. Walk through the waterfront park to the east towards The Palace of Fine Arts (and detour out to The Wave Organ, if time allows!).

Pro Tip: To get to the next destination, visitors can either walk (about 45 minutes) or – rest your feet and take an Uber!


Hop on a SF Cable Car

San Francisco cable cars have been in operation since 1873. At one time, there were a total of 8 lines, but only 3 routes remain today. Our favorite route is the northbound Powell-Hyde Line that terminates near Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf – passing Lombard Street along the way.

Riding one of the cable cars that rattle through the hilly streets of San Francisco is a must-do activity – and should definitely be on your 2-day San Francisco Itinerary! However, catching a ride on the historic trolleys can be time consuming (sometimes waits are up to 3 hours at the beginning of the line!). For shorter wait times, we recommend hopping on the cable car in the middle of the line at one of the Hyde Street stops (Broadway, Vallejo, Green or Union are all good choices). Tickets can be purchased onboard with cash; exact change is required.

Pro Tip: Visitors who want to zigzag down Lombard Street – the Crookedest Street in the World – can disembark the trolley at the famous street and walk down the 8 hairpin turns then continue the rest of the way to Fisherman’s Wharf on foot. However, the cable car ride down the backside of Russian Hill offers the most spectacular views of the bay and Alcatraz Island. Therefore, we recommend snagging a seat on the right side of the trolley so that you can get a view of Lombard Street to the east as you pass by…but don’t disembark.


Drink an Irish Coffee at The Buena Vista

Established in 1916, The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco is legendary; your San Francisco travel plan is not complete without stopping by. In 1952, the saloon owners created their own version of an Irish Coffee cocktail – a concoction of coffee, whiskey, sugar and cream. The delicious (and potent!) drink is an ideal afternoon warmer – and a must-try in SF!

Pro Tip: The classic tavern is located just across the street from the end of the trolley line; we think the best seats are at the bar, but there are tables for larger groups, too.


Get a Sundae on Ghirardelli Square

If, however, your San Francisco trip itinerary is for family and kids, then an afternoon sundae might be a better option than the Irish Coffee. 

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company opened a factory in San Francisco in 1852. Although the factory long ago moved from Ghirardelli Square, the gigantic landmark Ghirardelli sign, which was constructed in 1922, still hovers above the square. Tourists flock to the square for ice cream sundaes covered in Ghirardelli chocolate and to buy chocolate gifts and souvenirs from the shops.

Pro Tip: The complex of brick buildings date to the 19th century and are listed on the National Historic Register. Even if you don’t want a chocolaty treat, it is worth navigating your way through the square on your San Francisco two day itinerary. 


Stroll Through the Maritime National Historical Park

The shoreline SF Maritime National Historical Park is an interesting place to visit during a weekend in San Francisco. The park hosts a fleet of historic vessels, the 1929 Muni Pier, the Maritime Museum (ticket required) and an informative (and free!) Visitors Center. Guests can learn about San Francisco’s maritime past…or simply take in the spectacular views across the bay.

Pro Tip: Visitors who are interested in learning about military ships can take a tour of the USS Pampanito – a World War II submarine that is docked at nearby Pier 45. Get the details here!


Chow Down on a Clam Chowder Bread Bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf

Eating clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl is an essential SF experience that needs to be on your San Francisco Itinerary…and there is no better place to do it than at Fisherman’s Wharf. We would wager that just about every restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf has bread bowl clam chowder on their menu – so there are plenty of places to choose from – including classic seafood restaurants and kiosk take-away spots.

The Boudin Bakery Cafe is one of the most popular places to get sourdough bread bowl clam chowder (the bread is incredible!). Another hot spot is Scoma’s Restaurant, a San Fran institution (but it’s a bit on the pricey side).

Pro Tip: Not a fan of clam chowder or seafood, but still want a classic California dining experience? Head to In-and-Out Burger – the iconic California fast-food chain – for a Double-Double cheeseburger, fries (ask for them Animal Style, which is not on the menu but delicious and messy) and a shake!


See the Sea Lions on Pier 39

Pier 39 is a hub of entertainment – featuring shops, restaurants, street performers, a carousel and aquarium. Although touristy, it’s a must-see for your vacation planner San Francisco. 

For us, the top reason to visit Pier 39 is the sea lions. Since 1989, California Sea Lions have taken up residence on the floating docks on the west side of Pier 39 – and they are hilarious to watch.

Visitors who want to learn more about Fisherman’s Wharf can complete a self-guided audio tour.

Pro Tip: Other attractions at Fisherman’s Wharf are Madame Tussauds, Musee Mecanique (a classic arcade museum), evening sunset cruises and Alcatraz tours.


Day 2 of Your San Francisco Weekend Trip

On the second day of your itinerary in San Francisco discover more city attractions and a couple of iconic neighborhoods. At the end of the day, wind down and watch sunset from the beach.


Eat Breakfast at Mama’s on Washington Square

Opened in 1951 as an ice cream shop, Mama’s has evolved into an iconic breakfast spot featuring classic American, homestyle eats. French toast, omelets and eggs benedict are the featured stars of the menu. The restaurant is an absolute hotspot on San Francisco weekends, so expect a line to get a seat in the quaint diner. 


Go to the Top of Coit Tower

The next stop on your San Francisco 2 Day Itinerary is Coit Tower, which stands atop Telegraph Hill offering stunning 360-degree views of the city, bay and bridges. The landmark tower was built in 1933 as a monument to the city’s firefighters. Visitors can go inside the tower (with a ticket) and ride the elevator up to the observation deck. Be sure you check out the interior murals that depict life in SF during the Great Depression.

Pro Tip: There is a Memorial to Volunteer Firefighters in nearby Washington Square that was funded by the same benefactor, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who the tower is named after.


Buy a Book at City Lights Booksellers

The most famous bookstore in SF, City Lights Booksellers is an independent bookstore and publisher that was established in the 1950s. Even if you don’t intend to buy anything, it is worth swinging by the bookshop on your two days in San Francisco.

Known for selling and publishing progressive literature, the bookstore is often acknowledged as being an integral part of the San Francisco culture that blossomed in the 1960s.

Pro Tip: The City Lights business was bestowed the honor of an Official Historic Landmark in 2001.


Walk Through Chinatown

Considered to be the oldest and largest Chinatown in America, the San Francisco Chinatown dates to 1848 and covers 24 square blocks. In our opinion, Chinatown is an absolute must on your San Francisco weekend itinerary. 

It was within the streets of Chinatown that the American version of Chinese Food was created. In addition to eateries and bubble tea shops, top attractions include ornate temples, the decorative Dragon Gate and sign-filled Ross Alley.

Pro Tip: Visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company for a behind-the-scenes look at how fortune cookies are made – and a chance to eat still-warm treats!


Shop at Union Square

The 2.6-acre Union Square is at the center of the city’s renowned shopping and theater district. Designed in 1850 and named for the Civil War pro-Union rallies held on the site, the square features a 85-foot-tall column, The Dewey Monument, at its center.

Two of the most iconic places to see on the square are the upscale Westin St. Francis Hotel and the Tiffany Building, with Tiffany & Co occupying the two bottom floors. The TIX Bay Area discount ticket booth is also on the square. However, numerous fashionable stores and boutiques (like Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton and Gucci) sit within a 3-block radius of the square.

Pro Tip: If shopping isn’t your thing, there are many other attractions near Union Square that you could add to your San Francisco Itinerary, like the SF Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Gardens and the city’s quaint French Quarter on Belden Lane.


Take in the View of the Painted Ladies

The Painted Ladies are one of the interesting San Fran sights that shouldn’t be missed. The term ‘Painted Ladies’ refers to the colorful Victorian and Edwardian-style houses that were built from the late 1800s until 1915. The city’s most famous row of Painted Ladies is on Steiner Street, across from Alamo Square Park. The row of homes is often featured in movies and ads but is probably best recognized from the TV show Full House.

Pro Tip: The best view of the Painted Ladies (and city behind them) are from the top of the hill at Alamo Square Park.


Explore Haight-Ashbury

The Haight-Ashbury district – centered on Haight and Ashbury Streets – has long played a significant role in modern culture…not only of San Francisco, but of the world. Exploring the district is one of the top activities to include in your itinerary for San Francisco.

The famed location of the 1967 Summer of Love, the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood was the epicenter of the hippie movement in the 1960s. In addition to the head shops selling drugs and the free society Diggers community group that both flourished in the district, several local musicians – like members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Janis Joplin – lived in Haight-Ashbury.

Do you really want to feel the groove of the 60s and 70s in San Francisco? Take the Love Tour aboard a 1970s VW Van. Find out more here!

Pro Tip: In the 1980s, the comedy clubs of Haight-Ashbury were all the rage. Many famous comedians – like Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg – got their start at The Other Cafe comedy club.


Sink Your Teeth into a San Francisco Burrito

There may be no greater love in San Francisco than for the burrito. The Mission-style burrito – meat and rice stuffed into a flour tortilla – was born in San Francisco in the 1960s. As such, it would be a shame to visit the city and not get one. 

Taquerias all over the city sell burritos. However, while in Haight-Ashbury, we recommend indulging at either The Little Chihuahua or Street Taco – both of which get rave reviews.  

If you are not in on the burrito craze, check out Magnolia Brewing instead. In addition to their excellent brews, they offer a pub menu – with vegan options, too!


Visit Golden Gate Park

The 3-mile-long Golden Gate Park, which is bigger than New York City’s Central Park, is an expansive green space in the middle of the busy city. Numerous attractions are found within the park, including the SF Botanical Garden, the Japanese Tea Garden, Dutch windmills, the Music Concourse and the Academy of Sciences. Additionally, visitors can follow the trails to lakes, statues, memorials, a carousel and the bison paddock.

Pro Tip: Park visitors can explore the park on foot – but the park is massive with a lot of ground to cover. Instead, you can rent a bike to discover the park on two wheels during your San Francisco 2-Day Itinerary. 


Walk Ocean Beach and Watch The Sunset

It’s time to wind down your weekend in San Francisco – and Ocean Beach is the perfect place to do it. Ocean Beach sits at the west end of Golden Gate Park and stretches for 3.5 miles. Although the water is cold and the waves are dangerous, the beach is an excellent place to watch skilled surfers and take in an epic sunset around a firepit. Baker Beach, to the north, is another popular beach that offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is stunning at sunset.

Pro Tip: Cap off your 2-Day San Francisco Itinerary with dinner at the swanky Cliff House, which has origins that date to the 1850s and offers fine views of the sea.

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More Things To Do In San Francisco

We included some of our favorite activities in our Weekend In San Francisco Itinerary – but there is so much more to do in the city! When planning a trip to San Francisco, consider adding these activities and attractions to your SF itinerary.


San Francisco Sporting Event

On more than one occasion we have created a San Francisco travel itinerary that revolved around watching a sports event. 

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to 6 professional sports teams: 49ers (NFL Football), Giants (MLB Baseball), Oakland Athletics (MLB Baseball), San Jose Earthquakes (MLS Soccer), Golden State Warriors (NBA Basketball) and San Jose Sharks (NHL Ice Hockey). Attending a game is quite the spectacle and heaps of fun…but can be pricey.


Ride A Bike In SF

Despite the hills, riding bikes in San Francisco is a popular activity. Throughout the city there are numerous bike rental shops – and you can reserve your 24-hour bike rental in advance online.


Hike In Muir Woods

Muir Woods is a magnificent redwood forest just north of San Francisco. Within the national monument park there are 6 miles of trails that wind through epic nature. Visitors can plan their own hike in Muir Woods or let a guide lead the way on a hiking tour.

Visitors willing to travel further for nature can join an organized SF Day Trip to Yosemite National Park to see the Giant Sequoias. Get the details!


California Wine Tours

California is a known worldwide for its production of wine. Two of the best wine regions – Napa and Sonoma – are easily reached on day trips from San Francisco. The best way to experience California’s wine country on short time is to join a tour – like this highly rated wine tour!

Pro Tip: Combine your Muir Woods hiking trip with a Wine Country tour and gourmet lunch on a combo super saver day trip! Get the details here!


More SF Tours for your San Fran Itinerary

Hiking and wine tours are among the most popular day trip adventures from the city – but there are many, many more options!

Other top tours include a Monterey and Carmel Day Tour, a Seaplane or Helicopter tour and Whale Watching boat tours.

Book the best tours online with Get Your Guide – where you can read fellow traveler reviews before reserving your spot!


How Many Days In San Francisco?

How many days do you need in San Francisco? As many as possible! Honestly, determining how many days to spend in San Francisco will depend on numerous factors. The most important things to consider are your personal interests, overall time and money (because the city by the bay isn’t cheap!).

We could easily spend a week in SF and not run out of things to do – but would eagerly spend one day in San Francisco if that was all the time we had. 


More Sample San Francisco Itineraries

We have outlined the best way to experience San Francisco in 2 days for weekend visitors who are limited on time. However, because we know some visitors are limited to just one day – while others are planning longer trips – we are offering our advice for shorter and longer Bay Area Itineraries.


1 Day Itinerary San Francisco

Trying to plan a San Francisco One Day Itinerary is challenging…but not impossible. In order to make the most of the limited time, travelers planning to visit San Francisco for a day will need a concise trip plan. 

How To Create a San Francisco Itinerary 1 Day

The easiest way to create an easy flowing San Francisco 1 Day Itinerary is to use our SF weekend trip plan as a guideline. 

We recommend simply following either Day 1 or Day 2 of our outlined SF Weekend Trip. This will be the simplest way to plan what to do in San Francisco for a day.

On the other hand, a very ambitious traveler could combine Days 1 and 2, eliminating the items of least interest, to create an ideal San Francisco 1-Day Itinerary.


Alternate 2-Day Itinerary San Francisco

We think we outlined the perfect San Francisco two-day itinerary; it includes all of the highlights and must-see sights. For travelers who have different interests, however, we have a few suggestions for an alternate sample 2 Day Itinerary San Francisco. 

How To Build a San Francisco Itinerary 2 Days

In an effort to see the top city sights plus the surrounding region, travelers can condense our trip plan and add additional sightseeing. 

We recommend that visitors who want to cram as much as possible into a San Francisco in 2 Days Itinerary combine Days 1 and 2 of our outlined weekend trip plan (choosing the activities that are most appealing) for their first day of sightseeing. Then, join a guided tour out of the city – like the combo Muir Woods and Wine Country tour – on the second day.


3 Day San Francisco Itinerary

Trying to plan what to do in San Francisco in 3 days? No problem! Planning a San Francisco 3-Day Itinerary allows visitors the opportunity to see much more of the city or region.

How To Plan a San Francisco Itinerary 3 Days

For a 3-day trip to San Francisco, we recommend following our advice for 2 Days in San Fran as detailed in our trip plan for the weekend. On the third day of your 3 Days in San Francisco Itinerary, take a day trip – either a full-day wine trip or the combo hike and wine tour – to complete your trip.


4 Day Itinerary San Francisco

With a 4 days in San Francisco Itinerary visitors have ample time to see the city sights and explore more of the region.

How to Make a San Francisco Itinerary 4 Days

There are so many options for what to see and do on a San Francisco 4 Day Itinerary that we are offering two different ways to devise the perfect trip plan.

One recommendation for visiting San Francisco in 4 Days would be to use the above 3-Days San Francisco Itinerary – then, on the last day, take another day trip to Monterey and Carmel.

Alternatively, you could create a trip plan that includes a third day in the city, rather than a second day trip. Top activities we recommend are going shopping, visiting a museum or delving deeper into a favorite (or missed!) neighborhood. 


California Coastal Road Trip From SF to LA

While San Francisco weekend trips are absolutely fabulous, so is the coast! If time allows, we highly recommend extending your California vacation with a classic road trip down the coast to LA stopping in Monterrey, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara and Malibu!

Read all the details and get the best tips in our Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip post!


How To Get To San Francisco

We think the best way to travel to San Francisco is to fly there! In fact, most weekend visitors will arrive in the city by plane at either the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK).

SFO airport, which is one of the busiest in the USA, offers flights from around the country and top destinations worldwide with nonstop flights from Sydney, Tokyo, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Lisbon. It is located 13 miles south of the city.

Start your search for the best deals on flights to SFO at Skyscanner!


SFO Airport to San Francisco

There are a few different ways to get from OAK or SFO to San Francisco. The BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit – is the best public transportation route from the airport to the city; the ticket costs about $10 USD. Travelers can also use Uber or Lyft, which will cost about $30-$40 USD. Taxis cost a bit more – about $55 USD, plus tip. Private transport can also be booked online.


How To Get Around SF

Our San Francisco travel itinerary covers some ground! While we think the best way to see San Francisco is on your own two feet, we understand other travelers may not want to spend so much time walking.

San Francisco has a good public transportation system, including the BART, Muni Trams, classic trolleys and ferries. However, many visitors may find that it is easiest (and fastest!) to get around the city using Uber or Lyft; short rides typically cost about $10 USD.

The Hop On Hop Off double-decker bus is another option for getting around the city to see the top tourist sights. Pre-book your tickets here!

We do not recommend driving in the city – as parking is limited and expensive. However, visitors who want to travel beyond the city limits may want to rent a car for the day.


Where To Stay To Stay In San Francisco

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On a quick weekend trip to San Francisco, we think it is best to stay in the city center close to the attractions. It should be mentioned, however, that while staying at Fisherman’s Wharf puts visitors in the heart of the action, it is also incredibly expensive.

On our San Francisco weekend trips, we prefer staying in the Financial District – which is close to the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Chinatown and Union Square. The many hotels (and Airbnb’s) in the area cater to business travelers – and often offer better rates on weekends. The Financial District is also well-connected with public transport options.

San Francisco Hotels

While we usually prefer staying in Airbnb apartments, we think it is better to stay in one of the hotels in San Francisco – especially for a weekend trip. Two San Francisco hotels we recommend are the Hyatt Regency and Hotel Griffon.

The 4-Star Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a luxury hotel that is situated just a five-minute walk from the Ferry Marketplace. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and some have views. Check availability for your trip!

Hotel Griffon offers an excellent location on the Embarcadero just steps from the Ferry Building. Top features are the onsite restaurant, free coffee in the lobby and delightful employees. Check rates now!

Use our tips for booking the best hotels – then start your search for hotels in SF on!

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What You Need For Your Trip To San Francisco

We have a few final travel tips and packing hacks of what you will want to bring with you for your weekend trip to San Francisco!


Layer Up for Your Trip to San Francisco

Although California has a reputation for warm, sunny weather, it isn’t necessarily true in SF. In fact, one of the things that most appealed to us about taking weekend trips to San Francisco from Phoenix in the summertime was the guaranteed cooler temps.

On numerous trips – even though I knew what to expect – I arrived without warm enough clothes and had to purchase a sweatshirt or jacket to keep warm during our stay. 

Furthermore, San Francisco weather changes quickly and can be unpredictable. Summers are cool, while autumn has the warmest temperatures (with highs in the low 70s). For the most comfort, we recommend wearing layers while sightseeing in SF (or be prepared to buy an SF logoed sweatshirt as a souvenir!).


Proper Shoes for Exploring SF in 2 Days

Our 2-Day San Francisco Itinerary includes a ton of walking! Make sure to pack a pair of comfortable city walking shoes for your full days of exploration. I like wearing Skechers and lightweight Columbia shoes, while Kris prefers wearing Merrell shoes.


Travel Camera for Your SF Weekend Trip

San Francisco is beautiful – so bring an actual camera to capture the stunning landscapes and city sights! We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens. The camera takes excellent photos – and comes bundled with tons of great accessories that are perfect for beginner photographers!


Anti-Theft Bag for SF Sightseeing

Like in all big cities, pickpocketing and petty crimes can be an issue in SF – and tourists are a prime target. While we have never had the misfortune of being pickpocketed, we are cautious about our belongings.

I carry a Timbuk2 Messenger Bag that has numerous interior zippered pockets where I can keep my valuables tucked safely away from thieves. Travelon is a good brand that specializes in anti-theft travel handbags – and a bra stash or money belt is always a good idea, too.


Travel Insurance

We think travel insurance is essential for any trip – including a San Fran Weekend Trip! Not only can travel insurance help with cancelled flights or lost luggage, but it can also be useful in the event of illness or injury. Find out more about coverage and rates at World Nomads.


Start planning your trip to San Francisco! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


We Want To Know: Is there anything you would add to our San Francisco Itinerary? What are your favorite things to do on a San Francisco Weekend Trip? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments below!


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