San Francisco is the perfect city for a long weekend getaway. There is a lot to see and do in San Francisco; it will be important to plan out your time. The city is spread out and quite hilly in a walk at a 35° angle type of hill. The cable cars and subway are easy to use. Plan on spending a morning wandering around Chinatown, another morning checking out the street art in the Mission District and a few hours in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Use this list to map out your time in this awesome city.

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Pier 39 Carousal

Ride the double Carousal at Pier 39

Watch the famous Pier 39 seals

Take a cruise of the bay

Tour Alcatraz (book this in advance)

Take a picture through the Pier 43 Ferry Arch

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Pier 7

Go souvenir shopping at The Cannery

Take a picture of the Fisherman’s Wharf sign

Buy a sundae at Ghirardelli’s chocolate fountain

Watch the turning of a cable car at the Powell-Hyde Turntable

Take the cable car to the top of Lombard Street then walk your way down

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Lombard Street

Check out the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Take in the city views from Coit Tower

Grab a coffee at Vesuvio Café and explore Jack Kerouac Alley

Check out Columbus Tower, Transatlantic Building and the Financial District

Walk along Pier 7 at sunset

Explore the Ferry Building

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Ferry Building

Walk out Pier 14 for a photo of the Bay Bridge

Check out the public art at Rincon Park

Explore Chinatown

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China Town

Have a cocktail at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

Check out the Heart Sculptures in Union Square

Explore St. Patrick Church

Explore the San Francisco Public Library

Check out the historic Fillmore

Have a picnic lunch in Alamo Square overlooking the city

Explore the Painted Ladies

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Painted Ladies

Find the Golden Fire Hydrant

Have dinner and a movie at the Foreign Cinema

Explore the street art in the Mission District

Play on the Seward Street Slides

Drive up to Twin Peaks Summit for the perfect cityscape

Check out the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

Wander through Golden Gate Park to the Stow Lake Bridge and Huntington Falls

Spend some time in Haight-Ashbury and dream of the Summer of Love

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Check out the Lands’ End Labyrinth

Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

Walk the Lover’s Lane Trail

Check out the Palace of Fine Arts

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Palace of Fine Arts

Relax on Crissy Field Beach

Check out the Wave Organ

Visit San Francisco Visitor Information at Haight-Ashbury for a travel planning guide. Have a few more days?  Take day trips to Napa Valley, Muir Woods and Sausalito

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The best things to see, do and eat in San Francisco that will force you to leave a piece of your heart in this awesome city!