San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the US to live in and to visit. It also happens to be one of the most expensive cities, just under Manhattan. San Francisco is a combination of vintage and modern charms, and it also has some of the most iconic sceneries in the continental US. If you’ve been wanting to go to San Francisco but are tight on the budget, don’t worry; the city offers many free things you can enjoy without having to break open your piggy bank. Here are 10 of the best free things you can do in San Francisco.
1. Golden Gate Bridge
This is one of the most recognizable sights from all over the world. The Golden Gate Bridge is a marvelous thing to behold and is also one of the most historic places in San Francisco. You can visit the bridge for free, or you can even walk across the bridge for free.
2. Ferry Building Marketplace
This attraction is made for all the foodies of the world; you can find all sorts of foods from various cultures. It’s an impressive collection of eats that anyone can have access to anytime. While it may be free to go into the marketplace, just be aware that you’ll probably be spending a bit on all the goodies you can find in there.
3. Golden Gate Park
This is supposedly San Francisco’s Central Park; although, it doesn’t nearly compare in size. Be that as it may, there’s enough in this 174-acre park to explore and be in awe of, including the Japanese Tea Garden that’s just one of the best sites to visit in the area.
4. Mission District
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in San Francisco’s wonderful Mexican influences, this is the place to go. You can check out all the local eateries for some authentic Mexican food. You wouldn’t want to miss the place that introduced the burrito to the world, wouldn’t you? As you stroll along the district, you can also enjoy all the interesting murals that have been there for decades.
5. Fisherman’s Wharf
Perhaps one of the more touristy areas of San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is a definite go-to place. It’s always busy and packed with energy, but that’s exactly what San Francisco is. This waterfront attraction also holds one of the most famous piers in the world, Pier 39.
You can’t ever leave San Francisco without visiting its famous Chinatown. This is one of the largest Asian communities outside of Asia, so you know that it’s legitimate. It’s not a big area, so you can definitely enjoy a stroll in the neighborhood. We guarantee you’ll find something special there at some point in your stroll—whether it’s a restaurant or an authentic Chinese souvenir.
7. Twin Peaks
For the best views of San Francisco, you’ll have to rise up from above the ground. Take a hike up to the 922 feet of Twin Peaks, and you won’t regret it. You can do it during the day, and then do it at night for a totally different experience.
8. Baker Beach
San Francisco is not necessarily known for its beaches, but this spot is one of the best destinations in the city regardless. Baker Beach offers you stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. The north and south side of the beach offers different experiences. For families, we suggest going to the south side as North Baker Beach happens to be clothing optional.
9. Union Square
This is the heart of downtown San Francisco, and standing on it will definitely make you feel small. You’ll be surrounded by some of the most stunning skyscrapers you could ever see, and you’ll feel the history and wealth that surrounds you. It’s also busy—very, very busy.
10. Presidio Trails
The most beautiful thing about San Francisco is that it’s a bustling city but it has access to nature as well. The Presidio Trails offer some of the most beautiful hikes in the area, and it’s beautiful no matter what time of the year you go. Just make sure that you allot at least a couple of hours to finish the trail, so you can really take your time to enjoy the wonders of nature right in San Francisco.