My Three-day Walking Tour of San Francisco
Here is one of the main tours I do with people when they come to visit San Francisco but only have two days to see it all. This is a walking heavy tour with minimal Ubering. Bring a pair of your best walking shoes and get to know the city on ground level!
Begin in the Embarcadero at the iconic Ferry Building. You may explore the building, grab some food, and check out the gorgeous views.
From there, head north up the Embarcadero to Pier 39. You can Uber this, but I recommend walking it as you can check out the piers and sights along the way. Once at Pier 39, you will see there is a lot of touristy things to do.
Next, head north to Fisherman’s Wharf. Classic Californian locations like Boudin, In-N-Out, and Ghirardelli are located here. You can visit Ghirardelli Square and get a famous sundae.
After that, you should walk east on North Point and turn right on Hyde. This will take you to Lombard Street. (Note: this street is now by reservation only).
Head towards Telegraph Hill next. Go North on Leavenworth, then turn right on Bay Street. Continue on Bay Street until you hit Embarcadero again. Turn right. After a few blocks, turn right again onto Sansome. Head to Greenwich and take one more right. Walk up the stairs and you will find you’re in a secret garden of sorts complete with an old abandoned castle looking building. This building is actually an iconic restaurant that many celebrities have dined in, including the entire cast of the original Star Wars trilogy!
Keep heading upward on this path past the castle building and you will reach Coit Tower. There is a mini-museum of sorts inside the building and some great views.
Walk down the driveway of Coit Tower until you reach stairs. You will end up on Filbert Street. Take it to Stockton. You will be at Washington Square Park. You will now be at North Beach which is the Italian district of San Francisco. Take Stockton all the way till you get to Columbus and then take a left.
In North Beach, you will find tons of Italian restaurants, gelato shops, deli’s, and the famous City Lights Bookstore (which is on Broadway and Columbus). Chinatown is next door to North Beach. You can get there by going through Kerouac Alley.
After you explore Chinatown, you will see a beautiful gate (perfect for photos) and you will be in Union Square. This is the heart of downtown and there is a ton of shopping in this location. Head to the main square and explore.
Begin at the Palace of Fine Arts. This is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful spots in all of San Francisco.
If you move up towards the bay you will see a path called The Wave Organ. From here you can walk it to see a great view of Alcatraz on one side, and the Golden Gate Bridge on the other. From there, you can walk to Crissy Field. There is a straight path getting there but you may want to use GPS just in case. There is a fantastic Golden Gate Bridge lookout point.
After you’re done with all of that, you should head to Golden Gate Park and explore. I highly suggest taking an Uber to the park as the walk is a bit long and walking the park itself takes a while. It is huge and should take you a good amount of time. I suggest seeing the De Young Museum, The Academy of Sciences, the courtyard in between both buildings, the Japanese Gardens, and the Conservatory of Flowers.
On Day three you should begin the in Haight and Ashbury. You can simply walk this street for a few blocks to get the most out of the neighborhood.
From there, Uber to the Castro District. This is San Francisco’s historic gay district. Walk through the area and explore.
From there you should walk east to Dolores park. This park gives you an amazing view of the city. One street over you will find Guerrero Street. And two streets over from there you will find Mission.
These three streets contain a lot of cool things to visit. There are a bunch of great places to eat, there is mission mural walks, and great bars.