San Francisco 2-Day Highlights Itinerary
Mission Dolores - The Oldest Building in San Francisco
Which one of these is you?
- It’s your first time in San Francisco. You want to do the “must-see” activities but want to get that true local view of the city that most tourists miss.
- You’ve been to (or even live in) San Francisco but have never really SEEN San Francisco. It’s time to go beyond the seals on the wharf, Alcatraz and Lombard Street.
If either of these describes you, then this 2-day San Francisco itinerary is for you! You’ll see the highlights of San Francisco, but from a local’s eye.
Check out a video of the sights you’ll see:
You can’t go to San Francisco without passing through the Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. But, when’s the best time to go? Where can you find the best clam chowder? Did you know there’s a free museum with functional video game arcades from the 1800’s?
San Francisco has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and it’s intimidating! Get a detailed walking tour showing hidden, unmarked temples, “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants, a fortune cookie factory down a small alley, a public bathroom (a true rarity in San Francisco) and a whole lot more.
San Francisco locals will tell you that their favorite place in the city is the Mission neighborhood, yet most tourists never even get there! You’ll have a full walking tour with this itinerary.
Did you know the oldest building in San Francisco is in the Mission? Find out more about it as well as see the famous & impressive murals, find out where an amazing free view of the San Francisco skyline is and most importantly, find out where the best Mexican food is in the city.
This is just the beginning...
There are 1-3 hour walking tours of the following areas:
- Union Square
- Haight Street
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Fisherman's Wharf
- Golden Gate Park
- The Castro
- The Mission
What Others Have Said About The Itinerary:
"Huge tip about getting there early in the day [Fisherman's Wharf], I was there multiple times of day and morning was by far the most pleasant. Like I mentioned already, these tips are definitely the nuggets of gold hidden that make the guide worth it! Loved the detailed maps as well, really helps confused tourists like me! I have a great sense of direction but I'm not so good at following others directions and I figured yours out." ~ Cat C.
"We followed your itinerary pretty closely and we thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Very detailed. We really enjoyed one of the dim sum bakeries you suggested (no tables or chairs)." ~Mark H.
"The itinerary was really generous and much appreciated. Used it and had a great day yesterday!" ~Sally B.
"There were some definite handy tips like getting on the streetcar in the middle of the street. This would have saved a ton of time over waiting at the main boarding spot. The Fortune cookie place was a really cool thing to check out -- I actually just learned that fortune cookies were first made in San Fran, so I felt like I was seeing a slice of history. The old arcade was pretty awesome and I think a hidden gem (there was almost nobody there)." ~Harris H.
Sample From the Itinerary
This is a sample of the itinerary. The actual itinerary includes additional pictures and maps.
[Picture of Chinatown Walking Tour Map]
[Picture of Chinatown General Map]
North America’s largest and oldest Chinatown feels like you’ve actually stepped into China at times. If you’re looking for souvenirs to bring home, forget Fisherman’s Wharf, this is the place to get them. T-shirts, jewelry, and all of the other San Francisco tchotchkes that you want can be found here for a fraction of the price than elsewhere in the city.
While in Chinatown, plan on doing some shopping, checking out a couple temples and of course watching old Chinese women hand make fortune cookies.
Local's Tip: Make sure to take a look and take a picture of the beautiful light posts in Chinatown.
Continue up Grant Street from the Chinatown Gates. Check out the shops and get your souvenirs. At Sacramento St, make a left, and then a right on Stockton.
Kung Chow Temple
Address: 855 Stockton Street
Kung Chow Temple is not the easiest place to find. The entrance is next to the Post Office and is oddly not the ornate building on the other side. Here’s a picture of the front door:
[Picture of Kung Chow Temple Entrance]
The temple is located on the 4th floor. When you walk into the building on the ground floor, you can take the stairs on your left or if you walk straight ahead there is an elevator.
Kung Chow is free to get in – donations are accepted. When you’re inside make sure not to take pictures as that’s strictly not allowed. Check out the gigantic turtles on your right-side by the door when you walk into the temple.
After Kung Chow, continue down Stockton towards Clay, and you’ll come to a small alley on your left side, Waverly St. Make a left down this alley to get to Tin How Temple.
- My email address is provided in the itinerary, if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help!
- Have an amazing vacation, guaranteed! -- If you're not happy with the tour itinerary, Unanchor will gladly refund your money. (See below for additional details.)
December 3, 2014 - Updated restaurants, muni prices, hours, directions & added even more pictures!
November 20, 2013 - Updated a few attractions, restaurants, more maps & pictures!
August 15th, 2012 - Updated restaurants, after-dinner spots, Muni prices and more maps!