The Unofficial Guide
to San Francisco Tourism
...insider tips from a local

San Francisco has a mystique all its own.

The pretty Victorians climbing its steep hills, the clang of the cable cars, the fresh sea air and the swirling fog...there's magic afoot!

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Hi, I'm Karen (please, no jokes about my name!).    I was born just across the Bay, and spent over 30 years in San Francisco, but the City still casts its spell over me. 

I want you to enjoy it as much as I do, hence this guide. I'll tell you what it's really like, unlike the usual tourist websites.

View of Golden Gate Bridge and SF from Battery SpencerView from the Marin Headlands

Browse through the site to get some ideas for fun things to do in San Francisco.

First-timers, repeat visitors, and local Bay Area folks, welcome!

Popular SF Attractions

Check out more San Francisco attractions.

Things to do in SF

See my list of the best things to do in San Francisco!

San Francisco Museums

Fun Day Trips 

When I travel, I love to get suggestions from the people who have actually lived there. And now you know a San Francisco local!

Take a look and get recommendations for: 

Want to read some bad travel tips for San Francisco? I've collected a few groaners I found floating around the web. 

When is the best time to visit San Francisco? Each season has its advantages, but here are my tips on when to visit.

Come and join us...  Sit in a cosy San Francisco cafe, order an Irish coffee, and listen to the foghorns while the mist gathers outside.

Wander the streets where Sam Spade, Janis Joplin and the Beat Generation hung out.

Go off the beaten track... See some sights that most visitors don't see, like the haunting ruins of the Sutro Baths

Ruins of the Sutro BathsThe Sutro Baths

Check out my tips for finding the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge, like the one at the top of this page.

Ready to explore San Francisco like a local? Take a look through the site and see what sparks an interest.

Decorated hippie VW bus in San FranciscoIt's always 1967 in San Francisco.

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Tuxedo cat sleeping in a planter box with purple pansies.San Francisco native...after a long day of sightseeing.

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