San Francisco tips from Kiwis

  • Eat the clam chowder (served in a sour dough bread bowl) at Fisherman's wharf! It's a great way to taste the ocean in the middle of all the chaos around you. 
  • America has some great cities but its National parks are the real stars. Yosemite is a must, its sculpted granite walls, towering sequoia trees and an abundance of wild life. 
  • Cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge! There's no better way to experience the full length of the bridge and you finish in Sausilito where you jump on a ferry back to San Fran. 
  • Get out of the city and see some incredible nature, including huge old redwoods! 
  • Go on a ferry and visit Alcatraz! 
  • My favourite neighbourhood is The Mission District, which sits in east-central San Fran. It's walking distance from downtown and it's in this neighbourhood you'll find true San Franciscoans. 
  • Go up Coit Tower for some epic views of San Francisco. 
  • Take a drive to stunning Lake Tahoe. 
  • Hire a car and drive to Yosemite Valley to see the waterfalls going off in late Spring. An easy climb by the famous Half Dome called Vernal Falls is spectacular! 
  • Get out in the water in San Francisco. Catamaran excusion with complimentary food and Budweiser! 
  • Check out a live NFL game, what a thrill seeing our faces on the big screen. Atmosphere is electric. 
  • Hire a bike and take a ride around San Fran - Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito are the obvious spots but take some detours to find gems like the Palace of Fine Arts. 
  • Check out a summer concert at Mountain winery Saratoga just south of San Francisco. Great amphitheatre with bands that you thought had disappeared all end up here. 
  • You've got to try an original Irish coffee made by the incredible bar tenders at the Buena Vista in San Francisco. 
  • You must eat at Mama's on Washington Square in San Francisco. Lining up and socialising while you wait is an experience in itself, then the food is well worth the wait. Just do it. 
  • You gotta catch a baseball game at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. What better way to try American hotdogs and beer? 
  • Pine Crest Diner, Geary Street - a classic American diner. It's like being a guest in your favourite cop show! Alway busy, always fast and too much food to ever finish. 
  • Check out Silicon Valley and explore the Googleplex on the G-Bikes! 
  • For awesome scenery and a toasty soak take a road trip to the Mammoth Lakes region. There are hot springs all around, pictured is Crab Cooker hot spring! 
  • When in San Francisco, you gotta head up to Yountville in the Napa Valley to wait in line at Bouchon Bakery, for the best macarons known to mankind. 
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