Shortcut Travel Guide to San Francisco

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If you haven’t visited San Francisco yet, you absolutely should. It is a vibrant city on the sea, with views for miles and a really unique and interesting city feel. You’ll want to spend time walking along Fisherman’s Wharf, riding the cable car, eating Ghiradelli chocolates and shopping in Union Square. You may even like to spend a little time stargazing just outside the city, where you’ll get the best view. And don’t forget to ride the famous cable car!

This is your one-stop travel guide to San Francisco – the best hotels, neighborhoods, things to do, and places to eat and drink in San Francisco.

San Francisco Cable Car

What to Do in San Francisco

San Francisco is a vibrant city full of fun things to do. If it’s your first time in the city, you’ll want to hit up these top sights. Then you can start to dig into the city’s best activities like having a beach campfire, or going surfing under the Golden Gate Bridge.

There’s so much fresh seafood to eat at Fisherman’s wharf – this is where I ate the best clam chowder I’ve ever had. And there’s local wine, chocolate, and cheese to devour at the Ferry Building Marketplace. 

You’ll want to spend time walking along Fisherman’s Wharf, riding the historic cable car, eating Ghiradelli chocolates and shopping in Union Square. There’s plenty of seafood to be had, alongside fantastic craft beer, and loads of quaffable wine from Sonoma and Napa Valley, just to the north. Also be sure to check out these top bakeries in the city.

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Where to Stay in San Francisco

If you’re planning a trip to the city, you’ll want to check out a few of our recommended places to stay. We prefer different areas of the city depending on what we’re there for. Since this guide involves the more touristy things to do in San Francisco, it’s best to stay near the action.

Here are our top recommendations for places to stay in San Francisco during your visit. Feel free to use any of the links below for your preferred booking site.


If you haven’t tried Airbnb yet, there are some really great options from Superhosts that can offer a more comfortable, feel-at-home, experience than a hotel.

San Francisco Marriott Union Square

Comfortable 4-star hotel with 2 restaurants located near great shopping options.

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Intercontinental San Francisco

4-star hotel with a restaurant, an indoor pool and 24-hour business center.

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Courtyard by Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf

3.5-star hotel located in the heart of the tourist zone; fitness center and free wifi.

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Travel Guide to San Francisco

Travel Guide to San Francisco

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Shortcut Travel Guide to San Francisco

3 thoughts on “Shortcut Travel Guide to San Francisco

  1. Megan | Traveling Nine to Fiver says:

    An amazing image, both visually and its information. I definitely aspire to turn my “To Do” lists into something along these lines. Thanks for the inspriation.

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