We get plenty of visitors who want to see all the tourist spots and get a local’s insights, but they often only have one day in San Francisco. When that happens, here’s how we make the most of it!
I recommend you not stress about the weather here and come whenever you can! It is unpredictable due to the Bay, the hills, and the micro climates. The official warm months are June through October and cold months are December through February. Not to worry, there is plenty to do rain or shine. Just think layers and comfortable shoes!
Where To Stay
As a favorite tourist spot for families and conventions, San Francisco has innumerable budget friendly choices through VRBO. You can also check Expedia for hotels. I recommend you choose your location based on your transportation preferences. Read reviews and DM me about neighborhoods if you are unsure. Consider if you are up for a lot of walking on hills? How comfortable are you with navigating a confusing public transportation system? Are you renting a car? Will you be using rideshare services? If you are renting a car, please know that parking can be a bit of a hassle!
If you want to see a lot in one day in San Francisco, I would make sure you have Uber or Lyft apps downloaded before you venture out to experience my favorite outdoor and inexpensive activities. Be prepared with a portable phone charger and head out early! This is a four trip ride-service day, if you don’t rent a car, so have that budgeted.
When you hop off the Cable Car, you will be in the area of downtown San Francisco known as Chinatown. It is literally as though you have been transported into another city all together. This is the oldest, most established Chinatown in the US. Take the iconic photo at the Dragon Gate, wander through, shop, and make sure you eat! Our favorite is Hunan Homes on 622 Jackson St. Reasonably priced and everything on the menu is great. This family owned restaurant has been our go-to for over 30 years! Get the Hot and Sour Soup and Mu Shu Chicken.
After dinner you can head back home and collapse! You did it! You spent one day in San Francisco!