The eclectic city of San Francisco has so much to offer those who visit. From fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf to panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge at Crissy Field, this city’s variety of humbling beauty and engaging entertainment will leave you in awe.
With plenty to do and see, planning a trip can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry – we’ve compiled some of the best things to do so you can be sure to hit all the must-sees. Below is one way to make the most out of your weekend trip to the vibrant city for the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco!
FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH
Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, & Nightlife
What better way to start the day than by indulging in the breakfast favorite of locals? Sweet Maple combines fresh, locally sourced ingredients with culinary creativity to produce delectable dishes. The well-known breakfast spot is populated with foodies and trendsetting San Franciscans. Fuel up for your day with an Asparagus Blackstone Omelet or indulge in cornflake-crusted French toast.
After breakfast, it’s time to check out a few of the cities vibrant offerings. Head on over to nearby Ghirardelli Square, where you can take in views of the city and enjoy the multitude of shops and attractions that the neighborhood has to offer. This beautiful landmark public square is the perfect place to kickstart a weekend of San Francisco fun.
A few blocks down from Ghirardelli Square is the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf, which is teeming with activities, shops, and, perhaps most notably, waterfront dining opportunities. Relax and enjoy a luxury dining experience at Chart House or explore the historic seafood stands for an experience like no other. There is something for everyone in the home of San Francisco’s fishing fleet. Attractions include the Maritime Museum, the USS Pampanito, Pier 39, the Sea Lion Center, the Hyde Street Pier, and the Aquarium of the Bay.
Now that you’ve explored a few San Francisco classics, it’s time to head to the first day of the Health & Fitness Expo at Pier 35. The expo is from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Make sure to stop by to peruse the expo floor and pick up cool swag before race day.
Since you’ve probably worked up an appetite, head down to a local favorite, State Bird Provisions, for dinner. This eclectic eatery serves dim sum style American small plates in an urban, rustic environment. Favorite dishes include the Pork Belly & Pluot Salad or the Carrot Mochi with Brown Butter. The menu changes frequently, offering up the city’s freshest take on local ingredients.
San Francisco’s nightlife is just as impressive as its daytime attractions. A plethora of clubs, bars, and lounges decorate the area. A common favorite is Madrone Art Bar, which expertly pairs live music and specialty cocktails with art in the form of photographs, video, paintings, mixed media, fashion, and much more. Embrace your creative side and enjoy a few cocktails while appreciating the artwork.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH
Muir Woods, Alcatraz, & Pier 39
Kick off your second day in San Francisco with another unforgettable meal. Famous for its fresh takes on classic dishes, Brenda’s French Soul Food joins Sweet Maple at the top of the list of local breakfast favorites. A variety of beignets, classic and eclectic egg dishes and delicious grits offerings make this place a prime destination for a culinary experience straight from the heart of Louisiana.
The Health & Fitness Expo is open earlier today, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Pier 35. Swing by, enjoy the vendors, and grab your swag if you didn’t get the chance on Friday. This is a great place to discover new things and get inspired to incorporate even more healthy habits into your lifestyle.
About an hour outside of San Francisco’s city center sits Muir Woods National Monument, famous for its towering redwoods. Trails lined with these beautiful trees create a serene atmosphere perfect for exploring with family or taking a peaceful solo nature walk. Lush greenery decorates the landscape where groves, bridges, and creeks greet you during your outdoor adventure through the woods.
Now that you’ve wandered through gorgeous Muir Woods, it’s time to fuel up again at one of San Francisco’s renowned eateries. Sticking with the tree theme, Spruce is a locally adored swanky spot for modern American fare. Located conveniently on the way back from Muir Woods, Spruce offers the perfect place to refuel and indulge. Handcrafted cocktails and fresh, seasonal dishes adorn the menu and make this place a popular gathering spot.
If you or someone you are visiting with is a history buff, the island of Alcatraz is also a must-see. Alcatraz can be accessed by ferry from Pier 33, near Fisherman’s Wharf. Facilities on the island have served as a military prison and a federal prison and stories of infamous inmates and escapes are often associated with the island. Take a tour and learn all about the interesting history of the prisons and about other happenings on the island.
A few minutes away from where the ferry will drop you back off at Pier 33 is Pier 39. If you are looking for a bustling bayside attraction, this is the place to visit. Charming shops, sea lion sightings, entertainment, and ocean views are plentiful.
Dinnertime gives you another opportunity to experience the culinary wonderland that is San Francisco. Deemed one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, Foreign Cinema serves artfully crafted North African and Mediterranean fare. This established favorite blends cocktails, wine, food, art, and film into one magical experience. Menu items evolve with the chef’s ever-expanding creativity.
Make sure to relax tonight and get a good night’s sleep before race day!
SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH
After your San Francisco half marathon, celebrate your accomplishment by heading to the Presidio, a park and former US military fort. In the heart of the Presidio is Commissary, a renowned and beloved eatery featuring Spanish-influenced California cuisine. Delight in the locally sourced, seasonal fare and browse the mercantile for local cheeses and freshly prepared jams. After your well-deserved meal, enjoy a relaxing afternoon meandering around the Presidio.
Make your way over to Crissy Field where you can sit down and relax as you take in breathtaking views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. What better way to round out your trip to San Francisco?
Get ready to enjoy this exciting, colorful city over the race weekend. We’ll see you in San Francisco for 2018’s race!