Iconic San Fran; the blue collar, progressive urban metropolis. There’s just so much to see and do in San Francisco, even if you’re from there or have lived there before. Visiting San Francisco over a more higher-profile city of Hollywood should be a no-brainer, unless your life revolves around TV and movies, but even then you’ll find plenty of entertainment and history here. Rent yourself a limo in San Francisco or a limo Oakland and take a city tour of beloved San Francisco and all of its iconic landmarks.
A True Melting Pot
No pun intended, honestly. With San Francisco, the first things that come to mind are usually its landmarks, like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the trolley cars, the hilly roads lined with colorful houses, and, most likely the diverse people. The best part of any vacation is meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, in my opinion. I’m sure many will agree, the places you travel are only memorable if you learn something significant along the way. Sure, the food, sight-seeing, and shopping is fun, but to really experience San Fran, you have to get a good tour guide to show you the heart of the city.
Visit all the corners of Chinatown and the legendary fish market; Ocean Beach, where you’ll find amazing seafood, iconic windmills, a zoo, and the Golden Gate park; the Castro District where the gay community and Spanish community provides rich culture and amazing bars; and Fillmore, a fusion of black and Korean culture, Jazz bars, Japantown, and some of the most luxurious properties in the city. Don’t just stick to the touristy districts and read the history through pamphlets, get out there and go see it all!
One thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet, but is undeniably going to come into the equation for your trip to San Francisco is the cost, particularly the cost of living. You’re not going to find too many affordable options if you want have all the modern amenities that come with most 3-Star hotels. Although, one thing you won’t get in many major cities is the luxury of staying in a hotel that is more than a century old, with amazing atmosphere and solid construction that makes it feel like you’re staying in a penthouse suite. No worrying about being stuck next door to a dysfunctional family or rambunctious children banging on the walls.
If your trip is very budget-conscious, there are plenty of other options throughout San Francisco. You can find some nice little bread and breakfast inns outside the expensive areas of town like the Financial district or SoMa, where you’ll be hard-pressed to find affordable lodging, due to the proximity their hotels are from the high-end shopping centers and celebrity restaurants. Union Square has more of a mix of shops and places to eat, I would ask the locals where they like to go to see which place is worth their sticker-price. Whatever you do, though, avoid Nob Hill. The name speaks for itself, this place is the wealth bubble that represents the opposite of everything San Francisco stands for. Even wealthy people prefer to hang out in places like Chinatown any day over boring, gentrified places like that.