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Best Things to Do in San Francisco

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Anna's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

La Mediterranee in the Fillmore Mission Curry House in the Mission

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Beach Picnic at Marshall Beach Visit the Legion of Honor Go to Spark Social for outdoor food, drinks & mini putt

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Visit the more local & quiet neighborhoods for a more authentic SF feel. These include the Mission, Marina, Hayes Valley, Japantown

Hometown Shoot in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Cheri in San Francisco for Flytographer


Seth's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

Luisa’s Italian restaurant, Chinalive, and Harris’ Steakhouse

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Alcatraz, Big Bus Night tour, and Sausalito

Visited San Francisco in October

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Sandro in San Francisco for Flytographer


Christina's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Walking around the Castro area!

Visited San Francisco in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Katherine in San Francisco for Flytographer


Nancy's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

All of the restaurants were good!!

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Photo shoot -of course and travel on highway 1

What is your best travel tip for San Francisco?

Changing weather -be prepared-

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Krystyn's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

Hang Ah Tea Room is the oldest dim sum house in America and it does not disappoint. It's hidden in an alley off a playground in Chinatown. Its no frills, but the food is amazing. The have an amazing hot sauce for sale, just make sure you get the small size to get it through TSA.

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Head off the touristy areas and go to Golden Gate Park and hit up the museums there, such as the California Academy of Sciences. It's a great way to get away from crowds and see something new and interesting. Also, take a step off of the cable cars and hit the cable car museum (it's one of the stops). It's an interesting little stop on how the cable cars actually work and to see the mechanisms behind it.

What is the best tip for travelling with kids to San Francisco?

There's so much to do with kids! You can ride the cable cars or get out into nature up in Muir Woods. There are so many areas in the city that are kid friendly that allow them to have a great time, eat fantastic food, and learn more about new things. I never expected to take my son to San Francisco for his first real vacation rather than Disneyland, but he had a great time and we made some great memories and saw an absolutely beautiful area of the country.

Visited San Francisco in April

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Emily in San Francisco for Flytographer


Joe's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

Sotto Mare

Visited San Francisco in November

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Megan's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

Sky Cafe - 100% vegan, owner/staff were incredible - very friendly and talented! Amazing food!! Mouth waters just thinking about it.

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Golden Gate Bridge, of course.

Visited San Francisco in September

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Marisa in San Francisco for Flytographer


Katie's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

House of Nanking is hands down the best restaurant in San Francisco - probably in the entire state of California. This hidden gem provided a fabulous experience. The owner/chef took our order personally and we relinquished all control, allowing him to send out any dishes he saw fit. The only direction we provided was that I am vegetarian and we enjoy spicy foods. Each dish that came out was more magnificent than the last. He even created some brand new dish that he called a "mother son meal" since I am expecting a baby soon. It was a deceivingly large vessel that housed eggplant and light vegetable dumplings in a sweet brown sauce. We ate a ton and didn't feel as such because each dish was so light and airy. We almost went back the next day for more, but wanted to expand our SFO horizons. I highly highly recommend this restaurant!

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Visiting Ghirardelli Square was a fun stop. The area is beautiful, right off the water with stunning brick buildings. And at 8 months pregnant, a gargantuan ice cream and chocolate experience was definitely a highlight! The Palace Hotel is a stunning spot to stay or even grab a drink. Built in 1875, this hotel has beautiful architecture at every turn. The Pied Piper restaurant offered the perfect spot for an appetizer and drink before heading out to explore. At 8 months pregnant, I was thrilled to find mocktails available on the menu to avoid having to order just another glass of water! A bay cruise afforded us a unique perspective on the city. We sailed underneath the Golden Gate Bridge as well as around the island of Alcatraz in addition to up and down the coastline. We were also able to hear a narrated history of the city and sights as we sailed. We spent a lot of time simply wandering around the city. It's such a vast area that you could roam for days and find all kinds of new locales to enjoy.

What is the best tip for going on your babymoon to San Francisco?

Lots of water and comfortable shoes! In any city you'll probably be walking a lot, but especially in San Francisco, the terrain can be treacherous for an expectant mother. There are several bus tours around the city that can provide an easy option for exploration if physically roaming the city proves too difficult. Bring a jacket! Even in summer, San Francisco can be quite chilly. Between the clouds and the cold ocean breezes, there were times when the city was downright freezing.

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lydia in San Francisco for Flytographer


Lindy's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

Not in SF, but across the bay in Oakland, a place called Jack London Square had some of the best Thai food I have ever tasted. Restaurant was called Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine. In SF, a place called Roxanne's Cafe, just up the street from the main entrance to Chinatown is amazing. Good prices too.

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Golden Gate Bay Cruise that left from the Wharf was beautiful and worth the money. Chinatown - must do! But be mindful of all of the SF hills. It can be exhausting.

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Lydia in San Francisco for Flytographer


BRAD's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

If you think the famous Golden Gate Bridge looks great from the city, you should see it from just the other side in Marin County. All the best postcard views are just over the bridge itself from the Marin Headlands where you can get up close and personal with the bridge from heights as high as the bridge itself.

Visited San Francisco in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kelly in San Francisco for Flytographer


BRAD's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

We made an effort to really explore outside the usual city limits on this trip and found ourselves heading up more into Marin County where the famed Muir Woods are. Situated right off Highway One in that sweet spot where there are only the sort of gems hidden by lack of good cell signal, is Hog Island Oyster Co's outpost. Be sure to swing by for the freshest oysters and best seafood!

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Point Reyes is not talked about enough for those venturing to the bar area! There is some truly breathtaking landscape and scenery just right outside the city.

What is your best travel tip for San Francisco?

Rent a car and explore outside the city if you can!

Visited San Francisco in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Kelly in San Francisco for Flytographer


Melissa's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What are the best places to eat and drink in San Francisco?

Foreign Cinema. Festive Mission District location, great food and drinks, they show movies in the courtyard, which is fun. Our first date was here so it is also a sentimental favorite.

What are the best things to do in San Francisco?

Walking along The Embarcadero, baseball games at Oracle Park (go Giants), MOMA, hanging out at Dolores Park (incredible views of the City)

Hometown Shoot in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Cassie in San Francisco for Flytographer


Samantha's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Go with the person you love, and you'll never have to leave your heart in San Francisco again.

Visited San Francisco in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Cassie in San Francisco for Flytographer


Heather's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Take advantage of the cable cars! The hills in SF are NO JOKE!

Visited San Francisco in February

Photo Shoot Location: Crissy Field & Palace of Fine Arts

Catie in San Francisco for Flytographer


Chelsea's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

We are huge foodies so we loved exploring the Ferry Building. When our shoot plans changed because of weather, our photographer suggested the location change to the Ferry Building. And I’m so glad she did, it was one of our favorite places! Be sure to check it out!

Visited San Francisco in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Catie in San Francisco for Flytographer


kate's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Woodhouse fish company for their crab rolls! And the ferry building for yummy eats and great souvenirs and gifts.

Visited San Francisco in November

Photo Shoot Location: Crissy Field

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Greg's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Bring a coat!

Visited San Francisco in November

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Leah's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

You have to ride the cable car one way up and then back down! You see so much along the way, plus it’s a fun experience. The people driving the cars are talented and entertaining! We also loved Ghirardelli Square for its beautiful brick shops, restaurants, and free activities- oh, and the chocolate, too!

Visited San Francisco in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Lydia in San Francisco for Flytographer


Courtney's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

JOSEPH. Also, Uber. Definitely Uber.

Visited San Francisco in October

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Meghan's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Must do: hike at Muir Woods and get sushi at Ebisu

Visited San Francisco in September

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Marisa in San Francisco for Flytographer


Marisa's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Wear layers!! The temperature changes a lot depending upon where you are and the time of day.

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Catie in San Francisco for Flytographer


Ellie's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Sears Fine Foods has the best bruch! Do at least one tour, this city has so much to offer!!

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Crissy Field

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Vanessa's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

I'm a sucker for bridges, we're from Vancouver, BC and the Lions Gate Bridge is my all time favorite - so I would say hang out in Crissy Field and enjoy the views!

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Elizabeth's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Book as many things in advance!! Pack enough to dress in layers as San Francisco is really chilly and then randomly warms up at different times. Sneakers and jackets are a must!!

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Baker Beach

Joseph in San Francisco for Flytographer


Jessica's Travel Tips for San Francisco

What is your best overall travel tip for San Francisco?

Arrive early and spend the day biking through the park

Visited San Francisco in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Marisa in San Francisco for Flytographer


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