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Older Woman Solo; you gotta do 3 days in San Francisco
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You gonna need at least 3 days to trip the light fantastic in San Francisco. Anything less could cause sensory overload. I’m going to be real with you.
It’s not going to be easy to fit in everything on my must-do list. All those hills in this city will wear you out. I love to walk with my backpack in tow. Walking is the best way to get to know a city on an intimate level. However, While I was in San Francisco I used Uber (unbelievably dirt cheap) when my thighs could take no more incline.
Where to stay: Union Square
Union Square is one of San Francisco’s major neighborhoods. It has been described as “noisy, hectic, convenient, edgy, inconvenient, urban and fun”. From my observation, all those descriptors ring true. If you’re not ready, the ambiance of Union Square can knock you on your ass. But don’t let its funky reputation scare you away.
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I stayed at the coolest hotel in San Francisco. The Marker Hotel San Francisco is a short walk from Union Square. Click here for the best price. Oh, and it’s right down the street from a Starbucks.
The shopping opportunities in Union Square are fascinatingly divine. This recommendation coming from a person (me) who absolutely hates shopping unless it’s of a virtual nature.
And if you are into people watching (present company included) you will not be disappointed. You will encounter every walk of life in this neighborhood. Find you a seat on one of the steps of Union Square’s public plaza (bordered by Geary, Stockton, Powell and Post Street) and watch the world go by.
What are the coolest and hippest things to do in San Francisco in 3 days? Here is my must-do list of cool things to do while trippin’ the light fantastic in San Francisco.
The Best Things to Do in San Francisco
Frank Lloyd Wright in San Francisco
While you’re in the Union Square area stop by 140 Maiden Lane which is a men’s clothing shop called Isaia. The building is Frank Lloyd Wright’s prototype of New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.
Explore the city with the Go Card
Purchase a Go San Francisco Card. See up to 5 San Francisco attractions via the Explorer Pass. Click here for the best price. A number of the attractions mentioned in this post can be seen with the purchase of the Pass. The Go San Francisco card makes sense when you trying to be cheap but you don’t wanna miss out on anything. Be sure to download the app onto your smartphone for easy access to your Go Card.
The Bridge to Bridge Cruise
Cruise the San Francisco Bay while gazing at the urban skyline of San Francisco, passing under both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. You’ll get a chance to see spectacular views of Alcatraz Island, Coit Tower, the Ferry Building and much more, all while learning about the history of the city. Click here for the best price.
One Day Bike Rental
Choose from a variety of self-guided tours and check out San Francisco via bike. Your bike rental comes with a helmet, a bike lock, customized route instructions and includes a ferry ticket from Sausalito should you decide to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Click here for the best price.
Watch the turning of the cable car at Powell and Market Stree (a short from Union Square) and watch the turning of the cable car. Cable cars can’t go in reverse and must be turned manually by the cable-car operator.
I recommend the stop at Powell and Market for viewing purposes only. I recommend not catching the cable car at this spot unless you don’t mind standing in a long-ass line with other tourists. Instead, catch it right at Union Square public plaza, on Powell and Post or at any brown and white cable car signpost along Powell Street.
Spend the day exploring the city on Top of a Double Decker
Download the Big Bus app to have access to their map or don’t forget to ask for a map at Fisherman’s Wharf. This is the perfect way to get a feel for the city of San Francisco, as a whole.
Tour for the Hard Core Segway Junkie
Feeling up to a challenge? Explore Coit Tower, San Francisco’s hills, waterfront, the crooked street of Lombard and much more by Segway with San Francisco Advance Rider Segway Tour. Novice Segway drivers, need not apply. You must be a veteran driver of Segways to enjoy this tour. Click here for tour information and prices.
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I fell in love with…
…the Ferry Building Marketplace (located on the Embarcadero and Market Street). Stop here to eat, shop, browse and catch the ferry to the other side of the bay. No joke; I spent hours here taking in the great views of Oakland Bay Bridge. Feast on everything from chocolate, cheese, wine, check out a tea shop, buy a side of beef or live lobster….the list goes on.
Check out the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square
Victorian-style houses are everywhere in San Francisco but these particular houses are famous from the TV show “Full House”. Their location near the top of Steiner Street and Hayes makes this a great place to hang out for a few and take in the view of San Francisco. Use your Muni Day Pass and take the number 21 bus up Hayes Street or see it as part of a tour. I recommend the San Francisco City Tour with pick up and drop off service from your hotel. Click here for the price of the tour and more information.
Shop for souvenirs, eat some amazing Asian fare. Crowded as hell so if you’re claustrophobic just look at the Gate from the corner of Grant and Bush Street.
San Francisco, that city by the bay, is chock-full of and brimming with plenty of things to see and do. Be prepared to have your mind, body, and soul blown away by the experience. Allow yourself to roam free and enjoy.
This was the first city I’ve ever been to that I didn’t know whether to love it or hate it.