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SF Tourism Tips

An Insider's Guide to the Most Amazing City in the World

Hello and welcome to SFTourismTips. Thank you for stopping by my site. My name is Jill and I'm excited to help you plan a fantastic vacation to San Francisco.

It's no secret that a stay here is an unforgettable experience. SF is home to dozens of gorgeous attractions, thousands of unique events and some of the most colorful characters you will see in your life.

In our beautiful city by the bay, you will find the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the famous Painted Ladies of Alamo Square. You can also visit diverse districts such as North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown.

There is so much to see and do that it can be overwhelming to plan a visit! No reason to worry though as I'm here to help.

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Boats sailing near the iconic Golden Gate Bridge

Enjoy your time on my site and please contact me if you have any questions or need additional assistance for your visit!

Enjoy ~ Jill

First Time Visitors

As a first time visitor, you will find there are many things you will want to see and do. However, it can be tough to do it all in one visit.

I recommend starting by reading my One Day, Two Day, and Three Day Itineraries. They will give you a great feel for how much you CAN see during your visit.

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Flowers blooming on Alcatraz Island in the SF Bay

I also recommend stopping by my Events Page to find a calendar of events for the month you plan to visit. In addition, the Hotels Deals page will tell you all about some of the best lodging offers running right now.

Make sure to also sign up for my email for more great tips about visiting and to get your from 2016 San Francisco Planning Guide.

Return Visitors

Welcome back! I'm excited you've made the decision to return to our gorgeous city.

Since you've already been here once, you've probably seen some of the top sites. I recommend that you start by checking out my 50 Free Things to Do, 25 Hidden Gems, and Free Walking Tours pages.

I also recommend visiting my Events Page for a list of top events during the month of your visit. I think you will also enjoy my Itineraries pages, where you will find some self-guided walking tours.

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Top Neighborhoods

SF has more than a dozen distinct districts. They range from the chaotic streets of Chinatown to the colorful shops in the Haight Ashbury. It's like traveling around the world in just one day..

Visit each page to find the top attractions, activities, nightlife, & more!

  • Fishermans Wharf: Here you can visit Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and the Wax Museum; this is also where you will find the ferries to Alcatraz.

  • Chinatown: A thriving 'city within a city' where you can see how fortune cookies are made, try Dim Sum and shop for inexpensive gifts

  • Union Square: The heart of San Francisco, where you will find the majority of the hotels. It's just a few steps away from the theater district, Museum of Modern Art and several other top sites.

  • Haight Ashbury: Home to the "Summer of Love" in 1967; stop by to get a feel for this neighborhood's past including a stroll by the former famous residences that made it so popular.

  • Mission District: An eclectic and colorful neighborhood where you can visit the oldest building in the city, the famed Mission Murals and sample a variety of international cuisines.

Other Top Attractions

Even though it's small, SF is full of fun and colorful attractions. The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Golden Gate Park are not to be missed.

Here are a few other top attractions to add to your list.

  • Alamo Square: This is where you can view the famous Painted Ladies, discover the best places to get a photo and what else there is to see here

  • Cable Cars: Uncover the history of this iconic attraction, in addition find an overview of the three lines still running and a few tips for your ride

  • Coit Tower: Discover the real history of Coit Tower, some pictures of its famous murals and more about what you'll see when visiting it

  • Lombard Street: Uncover visiting tips for Lombard Street including some of the top guided and self-guided tours

  • Free Attractions: Most people don't realize that there are many free attractions throughout the city. Find a list of my ten favorite free attractions.

Take some time to cruise around the site - as there is a lot of information to help with your planning process. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your trip!

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