Tips when visiting San Francisco
More things you like about visiting the city
- Don't let the homeless get you down. San Francisco is a beautiful city to all kinds of people, Internet millionaires and homeless alike. Share a little joke and some coinage. Mayor Gavin Newsom has mandated helping the homeless as one of his key programs since elected as the youngest mayor of the city in over a century.
- You can find yourself walking too much, especially in the hot summer months. While the immediate downtown areas of Union Square, Market Street, South of Market are doable by foot, many outlying areas are spread out. Pace yourself, and you'll have happier campers.
- San Francisco is a city of hills that can be kid-crushers, and flaggin' down a cab won't work most times. If the kids are dragging, head to a hotel, where cabs usually congregate.
- If you're driving, beware of the dreaded "No Left Turn" along Market Street. They'll have you in a jam. Always attempt to take the RIGHT.
- Recognize that people live in San Francisco for years, and they still have not seen it all, so don't attempt to do it. Plan your vacation accordingly so no one in your family will be too exhausted. It's a great reason to return at a later time.
- Save on tours and attractions with the Go SF card. Search for San Francisco Tours on smartdestinations.com.
- The food in this town is so good that even the pickiest eaters will find something delicious, even if it is just SF sour dough bread and butter.
- The air in SF is one of the least polluted of all U.S. urban areas.
- San Franciscans are some of the friendliest people around. Exchange a smile and a laugh. Say, "Thank you" to the toll taker, and you will live like a local.
- At least once everyday, belt out that corny "I left my heart in San Francisco" song for your kids. It's sure to make 'em smile.