I absolutely, positively LOVE San Francisco. Unfortunately, SF can be a wicked expensive place to live or visit. Fortunately, there are countless ways to enjoy the city without breaking your bank. Following is a list of FREE things to do and see in SF:
- City Guide Tours (Sponsored by SF Public Library)
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 (walk or the F-Line which cost $2.25)
- Be sure to see the Sea Lions (my favorite part of SF and free!)
- SF Giants – walk around ATT and if a game is on there is free standing room only viewing!!!
- Civic Center – United Nations
- Grace Cathedral (Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel, Ghiberti doors, Labyrinths)
- Free walking tours
- China Town
- Union Square (artists display their work, xmas tree and ice skating in the winter)
Transportation once you are in SF:
SF is a very walking friendly city. In fact, I highly recommend NOT bringing a car into the city. Cars can be very expensive to park (over $50 per night at most hotels, not the mention the inevitable parking ticket – if you ever find a spot to park it and good luck if you get towed. Which is not unlikely.
If you want to go to wine country, I’d suggest either booking a bus/car or renting a car for the day and returning it to the rental company the same day, or next day if you plan to stay the night in wine country. Parking in the City is cost prohibitive and a pain in the *ss.