Backpackers Guide to San Francisco

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San Francisco is my favourite city in the US. I visited twice and spend my days exploring the beautiful city on foot. This blog will give you a quick guide to San Francisco.

What to do

Marin Headland: Offers amazing views of  the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, as seen in the images below.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Sunset You can afford to travel

The photo below is taken on the other side of Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Bridge Sam Francisco travel blog

Hire a bike: I have always wanted to hire a bike and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and up to Marin Headland then down to Sausalito. I hear it’s an amazing experience and a great way to see the city and get photos with the Golden Great Bridge.

Pier 39: Admire the seals and sea lions as they play on Pier 39. This is one of my favourite pass times in San Francisco.

Seals on Pier 39 San Francisco

Alcatraz: You can catch the ferry to Alcatraz from Pier 39. The view of the city from Alcatraz is one of the best. A must do experience.

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Colt Tower: Another location offering great views of the city. I have only been to the base of the tower but was still amazed.

China Town: Take a stroll down bustling China Town.

Lombard Street: The most famous street in San Francisco is worth checking out.



Summer: June – August

Winter: December – February

I recommend travelling to San Francisco in spring. The weather will be warm and that’s when you will see the most seals hanging out on Pier 39.

Recommended trip length

I recommend staying in San Francisco for at least 7 days to give yourself time to explore the city.

Getting to and around

If travelling internationally or from far away, fly into San Francisco Airport. From the airport you can take a bus, taxi or arrange a transfer to get downtown.

If in North America, you can get to San Francisco from any location on a Greyhound bus.

Once in Downtown San Francisco, I personally find that most things are within walking distance. Alternatively, I recommend using the cable car system that connects the city.

Where to stay in San Francisco 

North Beach is the best part of Downtown San Francisco in my opinion.

If you are looking for a hostel check out Green Tortoise located in North Beach near China Town. Great rates and free breakfast included.

If you are looking for a hotel, Travel Lodge on Columbus Avenue offers competitive prices and is in a fantastic location near Fisherman Wharf and Pier 39. They have the comfiest beds EVER.

Another hostel worth checking out is Pacific Tradewinds Hostel. If you book using this link you can receive a 20% discount, what backpacker doesn’t love a discount? Not to mention free sandwiches, free towels and free luggage storage.

Search for cheap accommodation options here.

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