San Francisco Itinerary 5 Days

What to Do in San Francisco in 5 days

Spending 5 days in San Francisco will help you thoroughly explore the beautiful city. With a number of attractions in store, no day in San Francisco will be left dull. Below are the attractions that you must include in your 5-day San Francisco itinerary to have a memorable vacation.

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5 Days in San Francisco - Perfect Vacation Guide

The hilly city of San Francisco is flanked by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay on either sides. Located in northern California, San Francisco is undeniably one of the world's great cities. While its golden bridge maybe one of the most iconic attractions, there are cable car museum, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes that makes this city a must visit.

For those planning to spend 5 days in San Francisco, here are some of the top things you can do.

How Many Days To Spend In San Francisco?

Wondering about what to see in 5 days in San Francisco? It can be a confusing task to decide where to go in San Francisco. But, 5 days are perfect to cover each corner of San Francisco. You can visit popular places in San Francisco, get a walking tour and have local food during your vacation.

What to see in San Francisco in 5 days?

San Francisco top attractions:

As a complete family destination, San Francisco has its share of touristy attractions that would appeal to a large number of audience. For its most amazing sea views and as a home to the sea lions, you must visit Pier 39. One of the seven wonders of the modern world, no trip to SFO can ever be complete without visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. A scenic road and one of the crookedest streets in the world, a drive along the Lombard Street will treat you to some of the best garden views and the of course, the bay area! San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is another major attraction in the city. A museum dedicated to the modern and contemporary art, this place is a must visit. Home to some of the most famous convicts, the Alcatraz Island is a boat ride away from SFO. The city’s first lighthouse was built on this island, but this place was later converted to a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963.

Cultural tours in San Francisco:

A city in Marin County, Sausalito will help you discover more about SFO’s maritime history. Through its diverse houseboat community and a large waterfront, you can dwell deep into the city’s tryst with boats. One of the city’s most historical neighbourhoods, Chinatown is a bustling district and a market where you can shop of paper lanterns, medicinal herbs, fortune cookies, and enjoy mouth-watering dim sums! Another neighbourhood worth exploring is San Francisco’s Little Italy. As you walk through its streets, you can smell the bread being freshly made, or you can stop at one of its delis and enjoy freshly brewed coffee. Visit the Castro and explore the city’s LGBT history by visiting some of its local landmarks and historical sites.

Things to do in San Francisco at night:

As one of the hottest events in SFO, Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences is not to be missed. The museum after hours is child-free and is perfect to spend a romantic evening at. You can also head to the Union Square and hit some of the hippest clubs of San Francisco. Head to the many cool cocktail lounges and chance upon talking to some of the best mixologists and bartenders in town. You can also head to the North Beach to visit some of the most legendary and quirky bars in town.

Things to do in San Francisco with kids:

Take your kids to the Walt Disney Family Museum and learn all about the man behind many Disney classics. Located in the historic Presidio District, here you can admire Walt’s early cartoons and drawings. Step on-board a vintage fire engine, suit up in a firefighter jacket and go save the world. The San Francisco Fire Engine Tour is perfect for your entire family. Located at Pier 15 and overlooking the fantastic San Francisco Bay, Exploratorium lets you dive into the world of physics, anatomy, emotions and Earth’s ecosystems through its more than 500 interactive exhibits. You can never go wrong with zoos. Housing more than 250 species of animals, the San Francisco Zoo offers you a chance to walk through the African Savanna, the adorable Penguin Island, Grizzly Gulch, or ride the Little Puffer Miniature Steam Train or Dentzel Carousel for some extra fun time! If you are running short on time, you can hop on a San Francisco RocketBoat that will take you around the bay to see some of the best sights in SFO like Pier 39, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, AT&T Park Aquarium Of The Bay.

Underrated things to do in San Francisco:

SFO is a paradise for chocolate lovers! Sign up for the Original San Francisco gourmet chocolate tour and wander through its streets and visit many renowned chocolatiers to indulge in scrumptious tasting sessions. Another unique way to see SFO is by a Segway. Hop on and ride along the along the waterfront to see some of the most popular city attractions like Fishermans Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. You can also sign up for a San Francisco sunrise and sunset photography tours if clicking photos is your forte.

Day Trips from San Francisco

For those looking to head out of the city, San Francisco has some beautiful towns and cities surrounding it that make up for great day trip. Just 15 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Muir Woods National Monument is home to many ancient redwood trees. The town will welcome you with numerous waterfront shops and restaurants. For those interested in vineyards and wineries, Napa and Sonoma would be a stellar option. Drive along the scenic 17-Mile Drive to reach Monterey and Carmel. Apart from its relaxing and peaceful environment, Monterey Bay Aquarium is another star attraction here.

Tours and Activities to Include

Traveling like a local without any help from trip planners is good. But here are some organised tours and activities that you must try

Best Hotels in San Francisco for 5 Day Trip

This is the list of frequently added hotels in past by our travelers to their San Francisco itinerary 5 days. Check out the hotels that suit you and add them to your trip plan.

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