Going to San Francisco and looking for some things to do? Thrift-shop for a big coat, put some flowers in your hair, buy a bottle of wine and get ready for a hell of a cable car ride because this is the quirky guide to San Francisco.
1. Play hide and seek with the Golden Gate Bridge.
In June, the weather phenomenon called june gloom often makes it impossible to see the bridge in its full glory. Follow Karl the fog tweets’ to get some advantage in the game.
2. Remember that the Golden Gate Park is NO WHERE NEAR the Golden Gate Bridge.
3. Rent a bike at Blazing Saddles.
Biking around the hilly San Francisco can be a little challenging but it’s a fun and cheap way to see the different neighborhoods. Get a 50% discount at the Fort Mason youth hostel.
4. Keep your clothes on. Or don’t.
If you haven’t returned that bike yet, join the yearly naked bike ride event.
5. Put some flowers in your hair at The Haight – Ashbury.
The Haight is the hippy neighborhood where Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix hung out. Check out the colorful houses, quirky stores and the famous Painted Ladies.
6. Find you inner gay at The Castro neighborhood.
The rainbow flag is worn with proud and a lot of self-humor in The Castro. Join the lively parties if you are a dancing queen.
7. Eat Crab cakes at Fisherman’s Wharf.
The most popular dish to try in Fisherman’s Wharf is Clam Showder but if you aren’t a big fan of fish broth stuffed inside a bread bowl, go for crab cakes!
8. Don’t feed the zombies.
Just don’t. Random advice I found at City Hall but a golden rule wherever you go.
9. Test your driving skills at Lombard street.
With its eight hairpin turns and 27% grade hill, Lombard Street is one of the most crooked streets in the world. It takes a lot of balls to drive down this street while hundreds of people are watching your every move.
10. Buy your tickets for Alcatraz at least one week in advance.
I didn’t and trust me there is no way of getting there, unless you drove over humans instead of zombies on Lombard Street.
11. Thrift-shop for a big coat and flaunter the streets like a pimp.
You might as well look like a villain if you’re going to Alcatraz.
12. Ride the cable car.
If you make it out of Alcatraz, this is the ultimate feeling of freedom. High-five people on the cable car driving in the opposite direction.
13. Get lucky at The Golden Bridge Fortune Cookie Factory.
You thought fortune cookies were invented in China? Nope! San Francisco is the birth place of fortune cookies, so buy some if you want luck to keep coming your way.
14. Order a voodoo burger at Barney’s.
Because provolone, blue cheese, mushrooms, bacon and voodoo sauce are a devilishly delicious combination not to miss out on.
15. Watch the sunbathing sea lions at the Pier 39.
16. Feast on street food at Off the Grid.
Each Friday, all the street food trucks in San Francisco gather at Fort Mason for an event called ‘Off the Grid‘. It’s a roaming mobile food extravaganza.
17. Invite your best friends to Jack Kerouac Alley.
Smack in the middle of Chinatown lies the Jack Kerouac Alley. Admire the murals and take up on the advise written on the sidewalk.
18. Relax in Dolores Park in the Mission.
You have truly earned it if you have finished the list above.
19. Go to sleep at the Youth hostel in Fort Mason.
If you are looking for a cheap place to stay with a killer sunset view over the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz, consider staying at the Fort Mason youth hostel. The former US Army Post barracks offer basic accommodation in a picture perfect setting.
20. Now do it all again.
Or add some new ideas in the comments below!