Exploring San Francisco in Three Days!

View from Marin Headlands – Golden Gate Bridge

Hotels We Have Stayed At

  • The Westin Street Francis San Francisco on Union Square
  • JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
  • Palace Hotel
  • The Park Central San Francisco
  • San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront

Day 1

Things to Do:

Sea Lions at Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Explore Fisherman’s Wharf. Visit Pier 39’s K-Dock to see the world famous Sea Lions!
  • Rent bicycles near Fisherman’s Wharf (several companies to choose from in the area) and bike ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. (Tip: The company we used – http://www.bikerentalsanfrancisco.com – offers a 20% online discount).

Where to Eat:

Fog Harbor Fish House – located at Pier 39 – Fog Harbor offers fresh seafood and excellent views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure to try their delicious clam chowder which is served in a fresh-baked sourdough bread bowl!

Clam Chowder in a Fresh Baked Sourdough Bread Bowl – Fog Harbor Fish House

Day 2

Things to Do:

Bill Dan’s Balancing Rock Show
  • Explore Sausalito and it’s boardwalk! The boardwalk is filled with many shops and restaurants, which offer amazing views of San Francisco. While strolling along the boardwalk, you will come across Bill Dan and his ‘Balancing Rocks’ show.
  • Visit Marin Headlands to see breathtaking views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean! On a clear and perfect day, it offers one of the best locations for a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you have the time, check out the Point Bonita Lighthouse.

Where to Eat:

Scoma’s Sausalito

Lunch at Scoma’s Sausalito – a classic San Francisco seafood restaurant!

Day 3

Things to Do:

  • Take a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island – home to one of the most notorious federal penitentiaries. Day and night tours are available!
  • Visit San Francisco’s crooked (and the world’s crookedest street) street – Lombard Street.
  • Stroll pass the Painted Ladies. 

Where to Eat:

Brunch at Foreign Cinema. Foreign Cinema is known for it’s unique dining experience in which a foreign or independent film is projected on the restaurant’s walls nightly. Online reservations accepted via OpenTable.

(Another Brunch Option) Brunch at Kitchen Story San Francisco. We have heard so many great things about this restaurant but unfortunately it was closed the last time we were in the area and have been unable to try it.

Dinner at Waterbar

Happy Hour and/or Dinner at Waterbar. Waterbar is situated on the waterfront of San Francisco’s Embarcadero and features panoramic views of the bay, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and the San Francisco skyline. Online reservations accepted via OpenTable.

Hope you guys found this 3-day itinerary of San Francisco helpful. Next week we will be blogging about Napa Valley and all the wonderful wineries we have visited over the years – including where we got engaged! Stay tuned and happy travels!

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