It’s almost routine now for Doug and I’s friends to ask us what are the best activities to do in San Francisco (SF) and the Bay Area. The below is a product of our own meandering experience..
If you are flying into SF then it’s most likely you will land at SF airport. This is on the city’s light rail system, the BART which is a reasonably quick and easy way to get into the city. Taxis abound, as do uber’s, but we’d encourage you to download lyft (like uber but less shitty) for getting about the city.
Things to do
Alcatraz – we loved Alcatraz and you’ll rightly find it is top of many suggested lists for the city. You’ll pick up an audio tour (much better than you would imagine) voiced by former inmates. It’s absolutely fascinating and be sure to book in advance and book an official tour, not just one in a boat that goes past. Allow a whole morning or afternoon.
Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge – there is a lovely route you can do on hired bikes from golden gate park, across the bridge and down to Sausalito. On a nice day, it is worth getting an ice cream at Sausalito (often on a not nice day too). You can take the ferry back over the bay to return you to the harbour front where you can leave your bike. This will take you a whole morning or afternoon, longer if you want to dawdle, and the views are spectacular, so you may.
Twin Peaks and Bernal Heights – SF is HILLY which can be a nightmare when you are trying to get around quickly but means you can get some incredible views. Two of the best come from Bernal Heights in the Mission District and Twin Peaks which is a little further out. Both will involve a bit of scrambling up some steepish hills but it won’t take you more than 10 minutes, best to wear trainers.
Urban Putt – Indoor Crazy Golf. With cocktails. And munchies. WE ARE THERE. Urban putt is a great night out and very highly recomended by us and the growing number of people we take there. Do talk to strangers. Do drink cocktails. Do have fun.
SF MOMA – The Museum of Modern Art is located near the Yerba Buena Gardens. Both are excellent places to feed your cultural mind. Unlike the UK you pay for museum’s, but it is absolutely worth it. If you wonder into Yerba Buena look for the Martin Luther King Memorial, and spend some time thinking, remembering, respecting and being mesmerised.
We love hiking and you will find many brilliant hikes with great descriptions on the bahiker site. We particularly recommend the drive out to Stinson Beach. IF you can’t make it down to Big Sur this will be a bit of coastline that will make your jaw drop.
Heading South the drive to Half Moon Bay from SF is quite something – if you have a car try and get as far as Pescadero Beach.