Are you one of the 16.5 million tourists who visit San Francisco each year to enjoy its countless attractions and soak up the atmosphere of the city so famously celebrated in song?
If so, you’ve made a wise choice that will reward you with unforgettable experiences galore.
Without stops, this tour would take only two hours, but we’re in no hurry in laid-back San Francisco — take your time and see and savour the sights at your leisure.
The tour sets off from Washington Square Park in the North Beach neighbourhood.
We walk across the park and three blocks up Filbert Street to Coit Tower for fabulous views of the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Pier 39 and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Next, we walk down the Filbert Steps, eventually arriving at the New Waterfront, then proceed to Ferry Building Marketplace before taking the obligatory — and fun —cable car ride to Chinatown and Little Italy.
Don’t forget to use the information in the travel guide and check out City Passes that allow you to avoid queues and grab great discounts.
The off-line mapping will save you money too.