Hello hello! Here is my next solo trip. San Francisco.. One of the cities where you can truly lose your heart. One of top favorite places of mine. A must-visit city for many 🙂 I have been to San Fran quite a few times now. But for one day I became a tourist and experimented to see if I can enjoy the essence of this place frugally.
My budget = $50
Can you tour the city with just $50? Yes you can !!
I consciously made sure I did not spend anything additional and at the same time have a great time.
Start with a map and some tea!
I reached San Francisco , walked to a library, grabbed a map and went to a coffee shop to spread open the map and decide what I wanted to do for the day.
Walk to the pier
Being the day after the long weekend, there were hardly any people around. I walked to the Pier , enjoyed the clear water and empty roads. It takes about an hour to get to Pier 39 where all the action happens. You could go see the various shops at Pier 39. If the walk is too long, take MUNI, the bus that stops at every street. My next stop was to the Cable Car which was a 15 min walk.
Cable Car Ride
Going on a cable car ride is a must-do in San Francisco. Dating back to the 1850s, you can sit inside and enjoy the ride or be adventurous and hang onto the poles on the side. I, of course hung onto the poles and enjoyed the wind the entire time. If you want to learn more about the history of cable cars, you can also check out photographs and displays at the Cable Car Museum. The entrance is free. Check them out here.
Stop at world’s crookedest street, Lombard street
The Powell-Mason cable car line stops at Lombard and Columbus, so that’s an option for getting to the bottom of the curvy street. Alternatively, the Hyde Street cable car will drop you off at the top of the curvy street.
The final stop is Union Square which the happening , shopping hub of San Francisco. Gift shops, art galleries, top brand shops, mall , you have it all there.
Go to Golden gate Bridge
From Union Square you could take the MUNI (38) to Golden Gate Bridge. Yet another most important landmark of SFO. Take pictures, drink in the view from Vista Point, bike, walk around, take a tour. Do what pleases you 🙂
Grab a hot chocolate at Ghirardelli
What is a trip to San Francisco without a hot chocolate from the famous Ghirardelli Square? After a long day touring around, go to Ghirardelli at the Fisherman’s Wharf and order a hot chocolate (or anything from their list). Watch the chocolate making process and either sit down or enjoy your drink while walking along the pier.
From Golden Gate Bridge you can take the MUNI (28) back to Ghirardelli Square.
So how did I come to $50?
|Cable car day pass*||$20|
The rest $11 can be used for souvenirs , maybe?
*You can use it all day on MUNI and ride multiple times on the cable cars. This saves you money since each ride on MUNI and the cable car costs $2.75 and $7 respectively.
Have you been to SFO or are you planning to? Did you find this useful? What other cities would you like to be featured ?
P.S. It was my first attempt at an info-graphic. Feedback is invited 🙂
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