A foodie's paradise! Wander through and sample local cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery, fresh-baked bread from Acme Bread, artisan chocolates from Recchiuti, fine wines from the Ferry Building Wine Merchants, cured meats from Boccalone, ice cream from Humphry Slocombe, gourmet coffee from Blue Bottle, trears from Miette, fresh produce, and more! It is also a great spot for grabbing a tasty lunch. If you go on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, you can check out the amazing farmer's market as well.
The Golden Gate Bridge is an icon of San Francisco, and you must experience it. Walk, bike, or drive (or hop in an Uber) across the bridge, and enjoy the gorgeous views of the coastline and city. Be warned that it can get chilly and windy if you walk or bike it, so be sure to bring a jacket. Once you get across the bridge, enjoy the views at the vista point, and then I highly recommend going on a bit further to Battery Spencer - this is where you will find the most picture-perfect views of the bridge. Seriously, you can't go wrong - the view is breath-taking.
AKA; The Full House houses. Victorian houses are symbolic of San Francisco architecture. These picture-perfect houses against the SF skyline make the perfect postcard-worthy photo of the city. Perfect spot for a picnic, while admiring the view.
The Golden Gate Bridge may get all the glory, but the Bay Bridge is amazing in its own right - especially with the lights come on! The Bay Bridge Lights were originally meant to be a temporary installation, but became a permanent fixture after popular demand. The best time to see these are just after the sun sets - there's nothing more magical than these lights twinkling against a pink horizon.
Fun fact: At over 1000 acres, Golden Gate Park is larger than Central Park in New York - take that, NYC! It is impossible to see and do everything there, but there is something for everyone. Some of the highlights include the DeYoung Museum (even if you aren't into art, the view from the tower - which is free - is worth a look), the California Academy of Sciences (their 21+ Thursday night events are always good times), the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, Stow Lake, and Queen Wilhelmina's Dutch Windmill (especially in the spring, when all the tulips are in bloom).
Just off the Lands End trails is the Sutro Baths, which is the ruins of what used to be the largest indoor pool complex, sitting right on the rocky, rugged coast. Hearing and seeing the crash of the waves here, and seeing the golden sunset light being reflected into the pools is one of the most magical sighs you will see in the city.
One of my favorite things about San Francisco is that you can go from an urban metropolis to the middle of nature, all within city limits. One of my favorite places in the city is Lands End, on the western edge of the city. It is the perfect spot to do some urban hiking, and it is magical on a sunny day. Check out the views of the coast and the Golden Gate Bridge from here.
This is super touristy and locals never ride cable cars...but there's nothing quite like the feeling of hanging off the edge of a cable car, and going up and down the hills in the city. You will see people walking faster than you are going and wonder why the heck you decided to ride a cable car in the first place.
This is a popular hangout spot for locals on a sunny, warm day - the park is usually PACKED on a sunny weekend. You will encounter lots of characters here, and it is the perfect spot to enjoy the sun and people watch. Grab some pastries across the street at Tartine or some ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery.
Take a day trip out to Sausalito, which is a cute little seaside town across the bay. Stroll the main street, grab some lunch, and check out some of the cute shops. The best way to get there is to hop on a ferry - you can relax, and the views of the bay are absolutely unbeatable, especially at sunset.