With eating and drinking our way through San Francisco being a top priority, we needed a way to burn off some of the calories we’d been consuming. In my opinion there is no better way to see a city than to simply walk it and luckily San Fran is a fantastic walking city. We spent three full days in San Francisco and walked 27 miles (thanks Fitbit!). Here are some of my favorite touristy highlights from our self-guided walking tour of San Francisco.
With only four nights in San Francisco and hundreds of great restaurants to choose from, we knew many tough decisions were upon us! After some serious menu stalking and consulting San Francisco’s Eater website, we settled upon a couple of restaurants, one of which was Stones Throw.
Located in the Russian Hill neighborhood and actually near where we were staying, it was a great choice after a very long day of walking! When we walked in the staff was friendly and I loved the urban-rustic décor of the exposed rafters and overall atmosphere as it was hopping on a Thursday evening.
After a longer visit to Alcatraz than first anticipated we were definitely ready for lunch by the time we departed the ferry. We hopped in an uber for a short ride to Lai Hong Lounge in San Francisco’s famed Chinatown. We knew that we’d come to the right place when we discovered that we were the only English-speaking diners at the restaurant. Known for some of the best dumplings and dim sum in the city, we tried to pick a variety of things from the menu with the help of our waiter.
Upon awaking we were happy to discover that instead of San Francisco’s usual fog and moderate temperatures we were slated for three straight days of 70-degree weather and sunshine. It was very much pressed upon us from the locals that this weather for three days in a row is nearly unheard of. After braving negative wind chills, we were ready for some sun!
We started our day off by walking to Pier 33 where our ferry from Alcatraz Cruises departed for Alcatraz Island. I had never visited the famous jail and was told by several people that for a popular tourist spot, it’s actually a very cool experience. Even though it was a Thursday, the 10:00am tour we departed on seemed to be a packed ship, I was happy that it was recommended we purchase tickets ahead of time.
As the temperatures in Chicago took a turn for the worst, Taste Tester #1 and I hopped a plane to visit the beautiful city of San Francisco. The last time I visited the city by the bay I was a mere 10-years-old and my most vivid memory of the city was the hundreds of sea lions on Fisherman’s Wharf (which I would later track down). Needless to say, visiting over 15 years later as an adult was an opportunity to see San Fran in a whole new light.