8 Things You Have to Do
in San Francisco
By Karina Sitaldas
Herb Cain once said, “One day, if I go to heaven, I’ll look around and say ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Franciso.’” … and how right he was!
It’s no secret that the United States has lots of great cities to visit if you’re planning a vacation to that side of the world. The allure of Los Angeles is well-known, while the majesty of New York is always tempting — but neither of those can beat the magical city of San Francisco, especially if you’re visiting the US for the first time. So, if you’re thinking about a vacation, take your favorite person, pack your bags, and take a flight to the city that has it all: amazing food, incredible views, craft coffee and beer, quirky bars, happy people.. What else do you need?
Here are 8 things you have to do if you’re visiting San Francisco for the first (or second, or third) time:
Have Clam Chowder at the Fisherman’s Wharf
The Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most popular tourist spots in San Francisco. They have BOMB clam chowder at Boudin, and the restaurants nearby have really fresh seafood. It’s right by Pier 39 which has an abundance of souvenir shops, musicians, and kind of resembles a mini carnival. After the Fisherman’s Wharf, if you have time to spare, walk over to Ghirardelli square a few blocks away and enjoy their free chocolate samples!
Grab a Taco at the Mission & Eat it at Dolores Park
The Mission is a gentrified neighborhood with the best Mexican food you’ve ever tasted, hipster bars and cafes, and alleys filled with murals. Get yourself a chorizo burrito or a lengua taco from La Taqueria and bring it over to Dolores Park for a picnic. Make sure you pick yourself up a beer too, it’s okay to drink at the park as long as it’s in a brown bag. The Mission also has lots of bars to cater to what ever your vibe for the night is.. 90’s Prom? Eclectic dance party? Dive bar with arcade games? They’ve got it.
The Haight-Ashbury was the center of the hippie movement in San Francisco back in the 1960’s, and till today, it hasn’t changed a single bit. The street is lined with thrift shops, giant record stores, funky bars, fancy grocery stores, and quirky souvenir shops — not to mention people playing instruments and trying to sell you who-knows-what on the streets, but don’t you worry, they mean no harm. It’s all love, especially at the Haight.
Go for a Bike Ride/Run on the Golden Gate Bridge
Did you really go to San Francisco if you didn’t see the famous Golden Gate Bridge? We think not. There are lots of bike rental places where you can rent one to take a bike ride on the bridge or if biking isn’t really your thing, you can go for a run on the bridge. Trust us, it will feel so surreal.