If you’re looking for a great destination for a short weekend city break, San Francisco is an ideal choice. Thanks to its relatively small size of around forty-nine square miles, this city can easily be explored within a couple of days, making it one of the most popular destinations for short city breaks around the world. With famous landmarks, attractions, restaurants and shopping opportunities, you’ll definitely be able to pack a lot of different activities into an unforgettable weekend in San Francisco.
Things to Do in San Francisco for a Weekend Break
The Golden Gate Bridge
When it comes to things to do in San Francisco, seeing and walking over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge is definitely on the top of everybody’s to-do list. The most famous bridge in the world, it’s also the most photographed landmark, so make sure that you spend at least an hour or so out of your weekend taking some shots at this iconic point. Along with the over one hundred thousand cars and other automobiles which cross this bridge every single day, there is also a footpath for pedestrians and a bike lane on the western side, giving you plenty of different methods of transport for getting across. For the best views and a less rushed experience, walking across is definitely the best choice.
If you’re a bit of a techie, you’ll definitely not want to miss Silicon Valley, which is located to the south of San Francisco and takes around forty minutes to reach by car. Palo Alto in Silicon Valley is the heart of the tech revolution, and also the place that the headquarters of Google, Apple and Cisco call home amongst many other revolutionary technological companies. Visit the site where the first hard drive was invented, take a tour around Apple’s biggest flagship store, and capture a photo of the ‘HP garage’. These are just some of the things you can expect to do during a trip to Silicon Valley.
Golden Gate Park
If you’re visiting San Francisco during the warmer months, make time to take a stroll through Golden Gate park. A park quite unlike most others, it offers plenty of things to see and do from Segway tours to strolls through some stunning botanical gardens. The Golden Gate Park Aquarium is home to some awesome sea creatures, whilst the de Young museum offers a stunning artistic sculpture garden, a range of items collected from all over the world and of course a well-stocked souvenir shop.
Last but not least, a weekend in San Francisco would not be complete without a ride on one of the city’s iconic cable cars. Serving San Francisco since the 19th century, the cars are a fantastic way to catch some great views of the city as you get from place to place, and you can hear their bells ringing throughout. One-way tickets can be purchased for under $10, too!
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Use a Taxi in San Francisco to more around during your weekend break.