An RV trip to San Francisco is something to be anticipated with a certain thrill. After all, this City by the Bay is a true landmark and one of the most famous tourist destinations for travelers the world over. If you enjoy cool summers, steep and rolling hills and amazing architecture, you’ll love San Francisco! There is even great RV camping close by. Marin RV Park is only ten miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, with easy access to the city.
Naturally, you will have to get some shots of the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands. So don’t forget that camera! But driving or biking over the bridge is truly the best way to experience this incredible structure. You can bike along the National Park Bike Path from Fisherman’s Wharf, across the bridge and to Sausalito then take the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf. However, don’t neglect to stop at Golden Gate Park to spend a great part of a day visiting the museums, walking through the tea garden and riding the carousel. You will even find a herd of Buffalo who make their home in the park.
Speaking of Fisherman’s Wharf – this is one spot that may be the number one attraction in the whole city. Get deep breaths of the salty air, enjoy the fabulous views and sample some of the best seafood in the world. The crab is the best, but so is the number of gourmet meals you can have in the restaurants that line the wharf. You can even take a cruise from Fisherman’s Wharf and get a unique tour of the city. Street performers make the trip worth it all by themselves. You’ll see magicians, jugglers, musicians and even fire-eaters.
Taking the ferry across to Alcatraz Island is an experience you will not want to miss. You will get a look at the infamous penitentiary on The Rock, as well as learn the history of this island. Here is where the first lighthouse on the West Coast was built. On the trip to see Alcatraz, you will get an audio guide that is narrated by former prison guards and inmates, making this an extra special tour.
A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without riding the cable cars! This is the image people usually get when they think of this Northern California city, the cable cars laboring up the steep hills of this lovely City by the Bay. Get a pass so you can ride the trolleys all day as often as you wish. Some waiting in line, but it is completely worth the wait. Very romantic riding these on a foggy evening with the city lights sparkling around you.
Chinatown is another must-see. This is the largest Chinatown, outside of Asia, of course. You’ll find all sorts of great souvenirs to take home with you. Shops sell all sorts of things and at great prices. The food is also inexpensive but delicious! Check out all the little back alleys for some of the most wonderful places to eat.
Want to shop for trendy clothes or some beauty items? Ghirardelli Square is a sure bet for a delightful shopping experience. Gifts, pet accessories and much more! Walk the streets, stop for an ice cream and enjoy the ambience. Entertainment is not hard to find either. Then head for Lombard Street to see a street that has had a place in many popular movies. This is due to the wildly crooked path it winds through a lovely neighborhood. There are eight switchbacks that literally take your breath away at each turn. Perhaps you would rather walk it and watch the other tourists inch their way down this 40-degree slope.
You will find more shopping and plenty of art galleries and cafes at Union Square. This is a popular gathering place for residents and visitors alike, and you will certainly want to take in a theater performance or a movie while you are here.
Make your way to the top of Telegraph Hill and see Coit Tower, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of San Francisco and the beauty of its skyline. Marvel at the murals inside the base of the tower which were painted in 1934. Walk the trails in the park surrounding the tower and listen for the many parrots who make this their home. Next stop is the Presidio of San Francisco where you can take in a little history before you leave this fabulous city.
Your RV vacation to San Francisco does not have to end here. There are a multitude of sights to see, but if you cover the ones above, you can’t go wrong. And you can always return another day.