Self-Guided San Francisco Walking Tour
See from a local how to spend one day in San Francisco, California, all on foot.
Start at China Gate, unofficial entryway into the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. Stop for fortune cookies and dim sum to go.
Head north to Little Italy, stopping to admire the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building. Then, continue through to North Beach.
Once you hit Lombard Street, trek up until you reach the curvy part that has become world famous.
Walk downhill, enjoying views of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz Island, until you reach Ghirardelli Square. Grab some free chocolate samples.
After your chocolate fix, head towards the piers, stopping by famous Fisherman's Wharf for clam chowder sourdough bread bowls.
Continue down the piers until reaching Pier 39. Pop your head into the quirky shops and watch the famous sea lions sun bathe.
Walk the Embarcadero along the water, detouring slightly once at Coit Tower. Head up and enjoy 360° views over San Francisco Bay.
Get back on the Embarcadero, taking in Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge to the east. Stop at the Ferry Building and pop in.
Leave the coast and head back downtown through the Financial District until reaching Union Square. Enjoy outdoor dinner with a rooftop view.
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A local's walking itinerary for one day in San Francisco