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Leave your Heart in San Francisco

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San Francisco will steal your heart. There is something for everyone. My husband and I love walking the city and finding new favorites. We are in our 50's but enjoy all types of activities. With season tickets to the Giants, we get to spend a lot of time in the city. Would love to share what we have grown to love!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

21 Places

4 City Tips

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21 Places

Lyon Street Steps

Historic Walking Areas

Sweet Maple

Restaurants

Orpheum Theatre

Theatres, Performances

Lombard Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Coit Tower

Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Fisherman's Wharf

Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks

Golden Gate Bridge

Bridges

Alcatraz Island

Historic Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Golden Gate Park

Parks

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Theatres

Ride The Ducks of San Francisco

Duck Tours

B. Patisserie

Restaurants

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Ferry Building Marketplace

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Crissy Field

Parks

Lands End

Hiking Trails

Presidio of San Francisco

Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities, National Parks, Parks

Filbert Steps

Historic Walking Areas

Sutro Baths

Historic Sites

AT&T Park

Arenas & Stadiums

Waterbar

Restaurants

JeriLG's City Tips

  • Book Alcatraz asap. Can fill up three months in advance.
  • Parking is expensive! Plan on staying put if you have a place and taking taxi's or lyft to get around if you are unable to walk.
  • Wear layers of clothes for changes in weather. San Francisco can be cold and foggy even in summer. "The coldest winter I spent was my summer in San Francisco." Mark Twain.
  • If you are wanting a specific restaurant, it is best to get reservations right away. While it is a large city, many fill up quickly.
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    Lyon Street Steps
    Historic Walking Areas
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    JeriLG Says:

    This is not on the tourist route. Steps down or up with fantastic views of Alcatraz and the Palace of Fine Arts. Immigrant Heart in the middle of a garden in front of Dianne Feinstein's home. Borders the beautiful Presidio. Highly recommend walking a bit here.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable clothes.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #132 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    • Views 07/08/2017
    • Good for a morning work out or just the view 31/07/2017
    • Lyon Street Steps
    Address:
    Lyon St. at Green St.
    Pacific Heights
    San Francisco, CA
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    Sweet Maple
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    JeriLG Says:

    Millionaire's Bacon a must... Fantastic breakfast restaurant. Great service and quality. My favorite is the Smoked Salmon Open Face.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Weekdays are not so crowded.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 4,221 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breakfast on a bust day 25/09/2017
    • OMG Breakfast 20/09/2017
    • Sweet Maple
    Address:
    2101 Sutter St
    San Francisco, CA 94115-3119
    Phone:
    +1 415-655-9169
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 15:00
    Other:
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    Orpheum Theatre
    Theatres, Performances
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    JeriLG Says:

    Take in a play at the Orpheum! Fantastic productions! Right off the bart line.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets in advance. There is a lottery of day of but hard to get.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 92 Concerts & Shows in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Show with Great History 08/09/2017
    • Play 02/09/2017
    • Orpheum Theatre
    Address:
    1192 Market St
    @ 8th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102-4928
    Phone:
    +1 888-746-1799
    Other:
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    Lombard Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JeriLG Says:

    Curviest Street ever!!! Walk or drive to get the best appreciation for these curves. Make sure and get pics of Coit Tower from this vantage.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Try and walk it to really appreciate the curves. Summers it has been closed except for local traffic.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wibbly Wobbly Street 25/09/2017
    • Looks better on a pictures :-) 25/09/2017
    • Lombard Street
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Other:
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    Coit Tower
    Architectural Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JeriLG Says:

    Landmark monument. There is historical art inside that you really should see. You can pay for an elevator trip up to the top for fantastic views. There are free tours also that take you around and explain the history. Look up City Walks.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Walk up stairs or take taxi or lyft. There is limited parking at the top and none on the way up.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth visiting for the views. 25/09/2017
    • Very historic with lovely views 24/09/2017
    • Coit Tower
    Address:
    1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94133-3106
    Phone:
    +1 415-488-7772
    Price range:
    USD 8 - USD 8
    Other:
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    Fisherman's Wharf
    Neighbourhoods, Piers & Boardwalks
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    JeriLG Says:

    Touristy but fun. Seafood and fresh sourdough smells abound. There are attractions such as the Aquarium of the Bay, The 7D Experience and Madame Tussauds, but there is also just people watching and finding the sea lions!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check their website to see what attractions you want to fit in. http://visitfishermanswharf.com/things-to-do/attractions
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ok - it's very touristy, but also very interesting and great fun 25/09/2017
    • Fun 25/09/2017
    • Fisherman's Wharf
    Address:
    Jefferson Street
    Between Hyde and Powell Streets
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 415-673-3530
    Other:
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    Golden Gate Bridge
    Bridges
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    JeriLG Says:

    Iconic beauty. This is amazing from any view whether it is covered in fog or brilliantly lit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Drive across to the lookout spot on the Sausalito side. Park and walk back half way to get the best experience. Biking is allowed but not easy.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ticked of the bucket list 25/09/2017
    • Great walking opportunity. 25/09/2017
    • Golden Gate Bridge
    Address:
    Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    Phone:
    +1 415-921-5858
    Other:
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    Alcatraz Island
    Historic Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    JeriLG Says:

    Prison with a view! Hard to believe they could hear the nightlife and be so close and yet so far away. Restoration work has just been completed. And YES, you can swim from the island to mainland =)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Get reservations as soon as you can. This fills up quickly. The audio tour is very well done.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting place to visit 25/09/2017
    • Really interesting afternoon 25/09/2017
    • Alcatraz Island
    Address:
    Pier 33
    B201 Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Phone:
    +1 415-981-7625
    Other:
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    Golden Gate Park
    Parks
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    JeriLG Says:

    Oasis in the City. Peaceful, tranquil walking paths, museums and tea gardens lead to a respite for sure.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Walk or bike and explore. DeYoung Museum is worth a visit.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool 24/09/2017
    • Minnesota Nice 24/09/2017
    • Golden Gate Park
    Address:
    501 Stanyan St
    San Francisco, CA 94117-1898
    Phone:
    (415) 831-2700
    Other:
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    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Theatres
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    JeriLG Says:

    Walk down from the Lyon Street Steps and rest here in the beauty of this place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Walk around and explore the reflecting pond. Feed the swan or just look for turtles. Don't miss looking up at the architecture and statues.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gray Line Tour 25/09/2017
    • Must see spot in sfo 21/09/2017
    • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Address:
    3301 Lyon Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123-1002
    Phone:
    +1 415-563-6504
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Ride The Ducks of San Francisco
    Duck Tours
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    JeriLG Says:

    Lighthearted tour of the city and a brief water ride. Lots of good laughs.

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Go early or on a Giants Day game.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in San Francisco
    • Great interactive tour 11/06/2016
    • The experience was unforgettable 21/04/2016
    • Ride The Ducks of San Francisco
    Address:
    2766 Taylor Street
    2766 Taylor Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Phone:
    +1 877-887-8225
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:30
    Other:
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    B. Patisserie
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    JeriLG Says:

    This has been named the Best French Pastry outside of Paris!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Take some home for later!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #104 of 4,221 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • From sweet to savory, a fancy awesome taste experience 23/09/2017
    • Kouign Amann Day 17/09/2017
    • B. Patisserie
    Address:
    2821 California St
    San Francisco, CA 94115-2515
    Phone:
    415-440-1700
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    JeriLG Says:

    Worth a walk through just for the sights and smells.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Poke into some of the shops and check out the produce and live animals. Turtles and frogs can not leave alive however. My daughters tried to rescue some.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    • Over rated and boring 24/09/2017
    • Skip it 24/09/2017
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    Grant Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Phone:
    +1 888-212-3203
    Other:
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    Ferry Building Marketplace
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JeriLG Says:

    Tuesdays and Saturdays are Farmers Market Days. Best to visit during these events. Graze your way through!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try different things! Enjoy the flowers and fresh produce!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent! 25/09/2017
    • Great set of shops to create a picnic. 25/09/2017
    • Ferry Building Marketplace
    Address:
    1 Ferry Building
    The Embarcadero at Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
    Phone:
    +1 415-693-0996
    Other:
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    Crissy Field
    Parks
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    JeriLG Says:

    Great place to walk or bike ride with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk, drive, or bike through. If you drive, pull into a parking lot and sit for a bit.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Memories 20/09/2017
    • Excellent Views 19/09/2017
    • Crissy Field
    Address:
    1199 E Beach
    San Francisco, CA 94129-1605
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-4323
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:58 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Lands End
    Hiking Trails
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    JeriLG Says:

    Hiking path beginning at Sutro Baths. Hike all the way to the Presidio and China Beach.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable shoes, layers and bring water!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking and relaxing 24/09/2017
    • Great walk with great views 24/09/2017
    • Lands End
    Address:
    Point Lobos Avenue and El Camino del Mar
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-4323
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Presidio of San Francisco
    Historic Sites, Military Bases & Facilities, National Parks, Parks
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    JeriLG Says:

    Property is bigger than Golden Gate Park and fantastic to walk through.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Great history and amazing views. Walk through or drive.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Views Here Are a Must 23/09/2017
    • Beautiful area 23/09/2017
    • Presidio of San Francisco
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-5300
    Other:
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    Filbert Steps
    Historic Walking Areas
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    JeriLG Says:

    Stair walking trip worth the effort. Backyard gardens and great views along the way.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dress in layers and wear good shoes. Carry water.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bring an energy drink!!!! 24/09/2017
    • Oxygen Tank Needed 18/09/2017
    • Filbert Steps
    Address:
    Sansome St. & Filbert St.
    San Francisco, CA
    Other:
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    Sutro Baths
    Historic Sites
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    JeriLG Says:

    Lands End beginning. Walk down to the baths and then see pictures of what it used to be at the restaurant on the road.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Beautiful walk, grab some clam chowder at the restaurant on the road. Hole in the wall place but great chowder.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Astonishing history 22/09/2017
    • An Excellent place to see and tour, our college kids loved it! 18/09/2017
    • Sutro Baths
    Address:
    Point Lobos
    San Francisco, CA
    Phone:
    +1 415-561-4323
    Other:
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    AT&T Park
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    JeriLG Says:

    Best Ballpark in the MLB! Best team, fans, views, staff and food! Best all around!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Take in a game and get a tour if you can. I like sitting in view reserve and watching the boats on the water.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 554 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Giants baseball 25/09/2017
    • Great Introduction to Baseball 24/09/2017
    • AT&T Park
    Address:
    24 Willie Mays Plz
    San Francisco, CA 94107-2134
    Phone:
    +1 415-972-2400
    Price range:
    USD 22 - USD 22
    Other:
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    Waterbar
    Restaurants (American, Seafood)
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    JeriLG Says:

    Located right under the Bay Bridge, with great seafood and wonderful ambiance, I highly recommend dinner or drinks here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • There is a patio if the day is warm that is nice, but I recommend being here after dark and watching the Bay Bridge Lights. They are always different and always mesmerizing!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 4,221 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderfully prepared seafood 25/09/2017
    • Amazing seafood platter 25/09/2017
    • Waterbar
    Address:
    399 The Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1265
    Phone:
    +1 415-284-9922
    Price range:
    USD 15 - USD 50
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    11:30 - 21:30
    Tue - Sat
    11:30 - 22:00
    Other:
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