I love to travel, but due to a pretty hectic schedule, sometimes that means spending less than 48 hours in any given city. Sometimes I prefer to travel that way – there’s less pressure to see and do everything, and you learn to make better decisions about how you should spend your time.
The first time I’d ever been to San Francisco was on a tour stop, meaning that we spent less than 12 hours in the city. (And it was a pretty dramatic 12 hours, but I’ll save that for another post.) The second time was better – I got to check out San Francisco’s renowned Japantown, but the majority of the trip, I was locked in a hotel room working.
For this third visit, I was determined to get as much sightseeing in as possible – I hadn’t even seen the Golden Gate Bridge – so I teamed up with my favourite foodie, An of MTL Food Snob, and Voxer, an app that would allow us to communicate with our local guide, Amanda. With some assistance from San Francisco Travel, we developed the Sightseeing Scavenger Hunt!
Where to stay
Hotel Zelos is a centrally- located sleek luxury boutique hotel with easy access to transit, parking, and all the attractions and shopping downtown. Inside, you’ll find Dirty Habit, a restaurant and lounge with a great patio that goes way beyond your standard hotel restaurant. Incredible food and cocktails here, and worth checking out even if you don’t stay at the hotel.
What to see
We focused primarily on two areas for the day: Chinatown and Embarcadero. Here’s where we went:
- Chinatown Dragon’s Gate
- Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (did you know that San Francisco is the birthplace of the fortune cookie?)
- Musée Méchanique
- Adventure Cat Sailing
- Exploratorium (CityPASS accepted here)
- Wave Organ
- Asian Art Museum
On our third day, we visited the Golden Gate Park. This didn’t make it into the video, but you could probably plan to spend an entire day there!
Where to eat
We visited three restaurants during our stay:
There are a ton more things to see and do in San Francisco, but consider this a starting point. We packed in a lot into this visit, and I’m excited to visit again one day!
Watch the videos above to see the all the adventure, and stay tuned for another Sightseeing Scavenger Hunt!
And if you’re a wine lover, check out my post on Napa Valley – it’s only a short drive away!