What should I do in San Francisco?

I am headed to San Francisco on a bit of a short notice trip and if you know me at all when I travel I tend to not plan things and this time I’m really not planning anything except for meeting up with a friend. I’m writing this post to not only hear from YOU who may know better than I, maybe you live there, maybe you have been, maybe you are the mayor of San Francisco? Please send me your suggestions and help me plan out my week long trip to the city of hills and trolley cars. Also if you know me you might know that I love social media and blogging so the purpose of this post is to also see if I can plan a trip through strictly only using these resources. I’m quite positive that I can but I still want to try this as an experiment.

Starting a couple days ago I tweeted out asking people what I should see and do while in San Francisco and the following is a list of a few of the answers I got combined with things I had previously known about San Francisco and things that make this city the popular city that it is. Please leave a comment if you think I have missed something, or if something I have mentioned isn’t so great. I would also love to know about hidden gems and unique things to do in San Francisco, great tours to do, food to eat,  you name it help me plan my trip! :)

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

An icon of San Francisco ingrained in my memory since the early days of watching Full House on TV in their opening credits as the family drives across the bridge in their bright red convertible, I’m pretty sure it is a crime to visit San Francisco and not see it.

2. Full House stuff

While on the topic I am also definitely wanting to see the line of houses also from the opening credits of Full House which is where the Tanner family apparently lives.

3. Alcatraz

The famous island and prison, I’ve been told is definitely a must do with some awesome tours.

4. Trolley cars

1) I want to take one of those stereotypical photos of me hanging of the back of a trolley and 2) I don’t like hills so I’ll take any and all kinds of transportation available to me.

Other suggestions:

Go see the seals on the waterfront, check out the wind-ey street called Lombard street and take a day trip to Napa Valley.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I DO?? Please let me know! :)

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    October 31, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I have a suggestion, don’t know if it will fit into what you want to do. But how about staying at one of those swanky boutique hotels and having breakfast in bed.

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    October 31, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I have always wanted to visit SanFran, but I work way too much to travel like I want to.
    Cailin Is this what you do for a living? Travel full time? If so you are one blessed lady.

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    the 7 Best things to do in San Francisco | Cailin Travels
    October 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

    […] is a follow up to my last post that was titled “What Should I do in San Francisco?“. I have now been and returned from San Francisco and I had such a great time, it is […]

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    September 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    It’s very touristy but the Hop On and Hop Off buses actually is a very handy way to get around. We did that for the first time when my mom came to visit and we really enjoyed it.

    And don’t forget that you can take BART to Berkeley and Oakland easily and check out the neighborhoods in that area as well. Fun places.

    Ack, miss San Fran.

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    Matthew Karsten
    September 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Visit some house music parties! Although I’ve never been, I hear there are a lot of small bars & clubs that specialize in deep & funky house music.

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    Caroline Eubanks
    September 24, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I say eat! Sourdough bread and tasty seafood.

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks Kris! You weren’t spamming at all, that was exactly info I was looking for. I will check it all out an let you know if I have any questions :)

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    September 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Sausolito, Oakland art crawl, Head to the red woods by any means neccessary.

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      Sounds very cool :)

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    September 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Eat!!!! Every district has super cute restaurants and bistros. Email me if you need a few suggestions :)

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      I’m starving right now and I have heard about all of the food trucks too so I will definitely be eating a lot! :)

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    Gerard ~ GQ trippin
    September 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    If you have time… I would highly recommend biking from Pier 39 across the GG bridge to Sausalito. Weather is great right now too! Walking around Haight for shopping/eating is quite the experience too.

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      If I can manage a bicycle in my flip flops I’m totally doing that! haha (forgot to pack sneakers… maybe ill buy some new ones :) )

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    Dian Emery
    September 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    There’s tons of great stuff to do in SF! My favorites:
    Visit the Ferry Building – great food market, indie shops and restaurants (Slanted Door Restaurant is seriously yummy!)
    Go for a bike ride along the waterfront – lots of bike rentals available.
    Check out TCHO Chocolates on Pier 17, for the BEST hot chocolate (advice – don’t bother with the chocolate tour, not the best:)

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      Good to know about the chocolate tour. Thanks for all of the tips Dian :)

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    Annette | Bucket List Journey
    September 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The view of the GG Brdige from the Marin Headlands is gorgeous & you can park nearby to walk across the bridge. I love eating at Bar Bambino, shopping in Union Square and visiting the Ferry Marketplace. Have fun!

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks Annette! I will definitely be shopping in the Union Square area :)

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    September 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    If you want to get a little, but not a lot, off the beaten path. Go looking for the flock of wild parrots on Telegraph Hill (even if you don’t find them, the pedestrian-only Filbert Street steps are excellent).

    Then, if you’re going to be at Fisherman’s Wharf anyway, go to the Musee Mechanique. It’s very entertaining and unique.

    Have fun!

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

      I keep hearing about these Parrots! Hopefully I find them, I hear they are movie stars too :)

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    September 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Ferry Building and the farmers market outside of it. Dolores Park for people watching after grabbing ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery or amazing food at Tartine down the street. You’re going to be here for some great weather, I think. :)

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks Suki! You have hit on all things that I like! haha and the weather has been great so far! :)

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    September 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Just a tip– the line of houses in the opening credits of Full House are called the Painted Ladies, but the real house where the Tanners lived is not part of that row. Their house is located on 1709 Broderick Street. The doors are painted black now instead of red. :)

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      September 23, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Cool!! thanks for that tip Danielle :)

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