Whilst on Contiki last year (check out the tour I did – Best of USA – here) our second stop was San Fransisco. Let me just tell you, San Fransisco is a beautiful place. The people are lovely, everyone looks so relaxed and happy, and almost everyone opts to ride a bike over driving anywhere. Talk about a fit bunch of people!
We were in San Fransisco for three days. I had always wanted to visit this beautiful place, but never had a chance on my previous visits to California. So I was excited to be able to spend a few days walking around and exploring, checking out all the markets and of course, taking the boat across to Alcatraz for a couple hours of education and exploring of the island.
If you’re planning on visiting San Fransisco, but aren’t sure of what to include in your stay, with the help of the Contiki itinerary I had, I’ve put together three days worth of activities for you to check out!
ITINERARY FOR 3 DAYS IN SAN FRANSISCO
Depending on when you arrive in the city, I would recommend taking a walk along Fisherman’s Wharf. There’s dozens of stalls and market type stores to buy souvenirs, electronics and almost anything you need or want. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants to keep everyone satisfied. Some of these include: In N Out, IHOP, Johnny Rockets, and true to the seaside city that San Fransisco is, endless seafood restaurants.
Book a tour to the impressive Alcatraz Island (you can do that here). If you head over there early in the morning, you’ll have the whole day to spend exploring the rest of San Fransisco! Alcatraz used to be a prison, obviously situated on an island a short boat ride away from Fisherman’s Wharf.
I might write a full post on Alcatraz at another time, but for now, here’s some exterior shots that I’ve taken to give you a glimpse about what to expect if you’re interested in visiting the island that is Alcatraz!
After you’ve explored the island, had lunch and shopped until you dropped, I highly recommend ending your day with a sunset cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. The experience is unbelievable. Make sure you take your camera, wear warm clothes and hold on tight to your valuables! It gets freezing cold on the boat, and if you aren’t careful, you’ll lose your belongings over the side!
If you’re the active type, end your stay in San Fransisco with a bike ride around the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge. It can be a pretty gruelling ride if you’re not used to steep hills! But either way, no matter how long it takes or how many short cuts you sneak in, it’s a great experience and I highly recommend it.
If you’re lucky enough to stay in San Fransisco for longer then three days, there’s still plenty to see and do to keep you entertained throughout your trip. But this is just a short suggested itinerary to get you started! Make sure you follow me on Twitter and let me know what you love the most about San Fransisco, or if you’re yet to visit, what you’re most excited about!