Only 24 Hours in San Francisco: Really?!

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Can you imagine visitors spending just one day in San Francisco? (or in Yosemite or in L.A. ?). Well, in fact, many people do exactly that . . . it’s a bucket list thing.

Nonetheless, even if only 24 hours in San Francisco, you and/or your visiting friends can enjoy a rewarding long day in the City by the Bay!

One perfect day of sightseeing, noshing, shopping and art-viewing is easy to do on foot and by cable car, streetcar, or Uber, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square and the museum mecca South of Market, topped off by a sparkling evening along the Embarcadero.

Morning in San Francisco

Have an all-American breakfast with a bay view at the Eagle Café on Pier 39, and stroll around the shops and entertainments on the pier, from the Venetian carousel to Underwater World and the sea lion gangs. Wander along Fisherman’s Wharf, taking in steaming crab pots and fishermen unloading their catches at Pier 37, and clamber around on the historic ships at the Maritime National Historical Park. (More here about historic attractions and vintage ships along the San Francisco Maritime Trail)

 From here, ferries depart for tours of Alcatraz, and cruises under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the bay.

Hop on the rattling, clanging Powell-Hyde Cable Car for dizzying cityscape and ocean views up the steep streets, over Nob Hill and down to Union Square, the heart of downtown. 

In the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, the CA Thayer was built in 1895

In the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, the CA Thayer is a wooden-hulled, 3-masted schooner built in 1895 for carrying lumber from the vast Northern California Redwood forests to the growing city of San Francisco.

Afternoon in San Francisco

In the historic Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel, where uniformed “Beefeaters” greet guests and regale passersby, you can’t get more San Francisco than lunch at Scala’s Bistro, a Parisian-style brasserie famous for wood-oven-roasted meats, pizza, fresh pastas, and Italian wines.

Yerba Buena Gardens offers art al fresco, an historic waterfall and lawns for lounging.

With just 24 hours in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens in the museum district offers art al fresco, an historic waterfall and lawns for lounging.

Window-shop at the big anchor stores, Macy’s, Saks and Neiman’s, then walk a few blocks to Yerba Buena Gardens in the SOMA museum district to see outdoor art installations, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Waterfall. Across the street is the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Mario Botta-designed SFMOMA, soaring high in all its silvery magnificence, housing one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the world. (More about SFMOMA here)

Evening in San Francisco

As the glittering “Bay Lights” blink on across the Bay Bridge, ride a vintage streetcar down Market Street to the Embarcadero, a wide, palm-tree-lined, waterfront promenade. (More here about Bay Lights, the world’s largest light art installation.)

Open every day for all ages, and just for adults on Thursdays evenings, the Exploratorium at Pier 15 is an exciting, hands-on, interactive museum of science, art and human perception. At the nearby cruise ship terminal, multi-storied passenger liners are lit up at night like Christmas trees, creating unforgettable sights against the backdrop of the glowing Golden Gate Bridge.

With just 24 hours in San Francisco, foodies made their pilgrimages to the Ferry Building Marketplace

With just 24 hours in San Francisco, foodies made their pilgrimages to the Ferry Building Marketplace, a massive food hall and bay ferry dock at the foot of Market Street.

A good place for pre-dinner cocktails, oysters, and Vietnamese-style appetizers, the Slanted Door in the Ferry Building Marketplace has killer views of the sparkling nighttime array. Among seafood restaurants along the Embarcadero, La Mar Cebichería Peruana sports a stunning bay view and a Peruvian take on fresh catch from the Pacific; the Pisco cocktails are legendary.

Now, when Aunt Grace and Uncle Andy come to town, you’ll have their 24 Hours in San Francisco itinerary all ready for them! Click here for the latest news and infomation for visitors to San Francisco.

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Pack in all the fun you can in just 24 hours in San Francisco!

Pack in all the fun you can in just 24 hours in San Francisco! This is the vintage Venetian carousel on Pier 39.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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