Travel Guide: 48 hours in San Francisco


Travel Guide: 48 hours in San Francisco

When you are lucky to visit San Francisco, you must spend your time very well. It is quite a big city, with a lot to do and to discover. Most people visit this city for the weekend or spend 2 or 3 days here when they make a road trip through California. As I am a proud citizen of this city, I prepared this San Francisco Travel Guide that tells you what to do, where to eat and where to go in this beautiful city when you have only 48 hours to explore.


San Francisco Travel Guide: Day 1 – Alcatraz and perfect views!

Book an early visit to Alcatraz to experience the life of the prisoners and the guards. When you return from the boat (which will enable you to make beautiful pictures of the city, the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge) you can walk via Pier 39 to Fishermans Wharf – don’t forget to try a local chowder. From here you can take the cable car (Powell/Hyde Line) up to Lombard Street. Take an Uber to go to Twin Peaks to enjoy an extraordinary (but windy) view over the city. From here you can take a taxi back to Dolores Park and get an ice-cream at Bi-Rite. Go for a little walk through the Mission and have a drink at El Techo (happy hour!) and dinner at Foreign Cinema (or the best burrito in town at the La Taqueria).




View from Pier 39


View from Alcatraz over San Francisco


Ice-cream at Bi-Rite in the Mission

San Francisco Travel Guide: Day 2 – Bike over the Golden Gate and other adventures in the City

Have an early breakfast at Jane on Fillmore and bike via the Marina (stop at the Palace of Fine Arts) and the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. From there you can take the ferry back which will bring you to the Ferry Building. Cross Market Street towards Hayes Street for Lunch at Souvla’s. Bike up the hill and take a picture in front of the famous Painted Ladies. From here you can go to Golden Gate Park and stop at Cliff House for a drink and view over the wild sea. If you like chicken, make sure to make a reservation for Zuni on Market Street or go to on Chestnut Street in the Marina to have the best burger in town at Causwells or a delicious casual Italian dinner at Delarosa.


Breakfast at Jane on Fillmore


Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge


The Golden Gate Bridge


Sunset from the Marina


– Hope you enjoyed this article! Big Xx, Susanne –

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  • Wonderful pictures, they are amazing!.Thanks for stopping by my blog.


    • Thank you James for this sweet comment! Hope you can visit San Francisco one day as well! Xx Susanne

  • lovely! looks like an amazing time

    • Thanks babe!! Hope you can visit this city one day:)!! Xx Susanne

  • Taylor

    Love the photos!
    I was just there, so fun!
    Looks like you had a great time!

    • Thank you so much Taylor!! So cool that you just visited the city! Do you have anything to add to this list? Xx Susanne

  • Fay O.

    Great picture! It seems like you had a good time 🙂
    I’d love to visit SF.

    • Thank you so much Fay!! I am so lucky to call this city my hometown!! Love SF and I really hope you can visit this city one day as well! Xx Susanne

  • Cece Lam

    YES!!! This is officially my favorite SF post!! keep them travel posts coming 😉

    • Thank you babe!!! You are too sweet and I will definitely come back with more Travel Guides!! Xx Susanne

  • anika

    great SF pictures!


  • Amazing photos, I love san fran

  • Have always wanted to visit San Fracisco and this just confirmed it, gorgeous pictures!! Xx

    • Thank you babe!! Let me know when you are coming so I can give you the appropriate updates of this guide!! Xx Susanne

  • Great tips and beautiful photos!
    Strangely enough I was talking to friends about San Francisco yesterday – they biked over the Golden gate Bridge and we walked! I will have to come back to bike it next time!
    Julia x

    • Hahaha realt? That is such a coincidence!! I really hope you’ll come back soon to bike over the Golden Gate and enjoy the city!! Thank you for your visit Julia! Xx Susanne

  • sophie

    Such beautiful sites in San Francisco. I love the pictures. So great.

    • Thank you so much Sophie!! Have you ever visited this city? I hope you have or will in the near future!! Xx Susanne


    I was just thinking about checking out San Francisco again! The flight there is always super affordable and the Golden Gate Bridge never gets old. Not a fan of the Alcatraz tour though. Did it back in high school and the fake dummies they use inside the cell scared the crap out of me!


    • Oh no!! I’m sorry to hear about your experience of Alcatraz..! But very happy to hear you love San Francisco as well! Maybe we will see each other here in the future:)!! Xx Susanne

  • totally gonna do the biking that you advised! Such a beautiful city!

    • Yessss, biking is amazing here!! One tip: make sure you follow the biking paths (these will guide you over the flat roads)!! Xx Susanne

  • That sounds great for when I finally visit! Thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks Miki!! Let me know when you have the exact dates:)! Xx Susanne

  • I took my little cousins from Vegas to Bi Rite for a weekend jaunt, it changed their life haha. Glad you put that in there Suzanne 😀


    • Hahaha, I love Bi-Rite!! Super cool you took your cousins and glad to hear that they liked it as well!! Xx Susanne

  • I like to much travel, but I’ve never been to San Francisco and United States. One day I want to go there, these photos really made me understand that it is a beautiful city! Have a nice day, kisses,

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    • I really hope you can visit one day Eni!! I can totally recommend you to make a road trip trough California, starting at San Francisco:)!! Thanks for your visit!! Xx Susanne

  • sharon wu

    Love SF! I was born there and even find this guide helpful. Thanks for sharing! xo, sharon

    • Thank you so much Sharon!! Means a lot to hear that this guide is helpful to a local girl who was born in SF! Xx Susanne

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