48 Hours in San Francisco: The Perfect Two Day Itinerary

Heading to San Francisco? Are you excited? Two days in a big city is a tough gig – there’s so much to do and see that it can be overwhelming.

Planning a short jaunt to ‘Frisco? I’ve got you covered with this step-by-step guide to planning the perfect 48 hours in San Francisco. Your awesome San Francisco two day itinerary.

Walk in the Footsteps of the Beat Poets at City Lights Bookstore

The Beat Poets or Beat Writers embodied a literary movement that rejected the standards of the American Dream in favour of a more eclectic, experimental and (ahem) sexual life.

Whether you love them or hate them (personally, I’m not a fan of Kerouac’s’ work – Big Sur’s kind of cool but On the Road is grating), you should head to City Lights Books. It was one of the poets’ hangouts and still a landmark indie bookstore today.

Feast in the Ferry Building

Not sure what you want to eat? Head to the Ferry Building. A tri-weekly Farmer’s Market (on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and early afternoon) and a host of small restaurants and eateries are guaranteed to tempt you.

Climb the Filbert Street Steps to Coit Tower for Spectacular Views

Climbing the Filbert Street Steps to Coit Tower can feel like a never-ending task. Your quads will ache and at some point you’ll wonder whether it’s all worth it. It is – the views from Coit Tower are some of the best in the city.

Escape from Alcatraz

Alcatraz was a maximum-security prison. Impossible to get out of alive, but ridiculously expensive to maintain – the reason why it closed in 1963 and became a national park.

San Francisco Itinerary 2 Days: Day Two

The Golden Gate Park is the city’s green lung – a patchwork of wooded areas and wide-open spaces offering tantalising glimpses of the bridge before you finally arrive.

Hike Through Golden Gate Park to Golden Gate Bridge

Check out the Street Art in Balmy Alley

Urban murals, street art, pretty graffiti – whatever you want to call it, Balmy Alley in the lively Mission District is the place to go and see it street art in San Francisco.

Balmy Alley might only be a block long but it’s a walk through the various artists’ damning political statements, joys and frustrations – there’s nowhere else quite like it.

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