An Insider’s Guide for First-Time Visitors to San Francisco

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Out of all US states, California remains the top vacation destination for people from all over the world. This alluring state seems to have it all including plenty of sunshine, stunning landscapes, spectacular coastline and urban sophistication.

However, the Golden State has more to offer than just natural beauty and a sunny lifestyle. In fact, California’s sophisticated cities are home to an endless array of world-class attractions. They also have vibrant neighbourhoods and a delicious food scene that attract millions of visitors every day.

One city which seems to be on every tourist’s list when travelling to the state in San Francisco. This city is located in Northern California and it is most famous for its breathtakingly picturesque setting.

If you are visiting for the first time, here is a brief guide to help you have the best trip possible.

Choose the right place to stay

Despite San Francisco’s relatively small footprint, the city has a handful of charming and culturally diverse neighbourhoods. Some of the most popular ones include North Beach, Chinatown and Union Square. All have hotels to fit any budget.

However, if you are looking for something cosier, consider renting a modern 1 bedroom apartments in San Jose. Although located south of the San Francisco Bay Area, you will still be close to the Golden City. You will also be able to experience the wonders of San Jose at the same time.

Pack accordingly to the weather

Although the temperatures are relatively warm year-round, San Francisco has chilly weather even during the summer. This simply means that if you want to get the most out of your visit, it is crucial that you bundle up with layers to keep warm and comfortable when the fog and sea breeze lower the temperatures.

Besides bringing a light rain jacket and optional layers for added warmth, you should also take some comfy shoes with you. This way you will keep your feet dry as you will be equipped to take on the city regardless of the forecast.

Create a sightseeing agenda

Besides walking the Golden Gate Bridge and touring Alcatraz island, there are other famous landmarks in the city you should include in your sightseeing agenda to make your vacation more memorable.  

Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular attraction for tourists. You can spend a couple of hours watching the sea lions play and wander through the shops.

Other attractions you should see are the cable cars, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, the California Academy of Sciences and Twin Peaks.

Use public transport to get around

Although the best way to explore San Francisco is on foot, there are public transit options you can rely on to get around the city. Depending on where you are headed, you can take the subway or bus, ride on cable cars to travel between the waterfront and Union square or get on a ferry.

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