Things to do Alone in San Francisco
Do you like to travel alone, then what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to San Francisco and get away from your mundane routine to experience the city that never ceases to surprise. Here are the 7 things to do alone in san francisco.
Walk Over the Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous bridge in the world, manages to impress even the most experienced travelers with its stunning 1.7-mile span. Approximately 120,000 automobiles drive across it every day. A pedestrian walkway also allows the crossing on foot, and bikes are allowed on the western side. The Golden Gate Bridge is said to be one of the most photographed things on Earth.
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Explore the city for Light Art
You may not be familiar with light art, but San Francisco aims to change that. It’s an original art form that creates artwork by exploiting light, colors and shadows. San Francisco is proudly represented by the now permanent, 1.8 miles of LED lights that span the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Treasure Island. The Bay Lights aside, San Francisco also has one of the most extensive collections of permanent light art in the country. Known for innovation and technology, along with a staunch commitment to public art, light art in the center of a tech town makes a whole lot of sense.
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Watch a musical show in world’s renowned musical halls
San Francisco may not have invented music, but we did produce plenty of musicians who made music what it is today. The city is full of places to check out a show. You can get as highbrow (or as lowbrow) as you want in the town that brought you both Herbert Blomstedt and Jefferson Airplane. Since the weather is mild in San Francisco year-round, you can also see a show outside.
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Ring in the San Francisco Nightlife
Nightlife in San Francisco is a constantly changing scene. The “hottest” clubs currently are in the South of Market and Mission districts, with live and recorded rock and Latin music. Jazz, blues, swing and “oldies” music can be found all over town. For a complete list of nightlife options, visit our Nightlife section.
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Go for Shopping in and Around San Francisco And the Bay Area
In a city famous for its beautiful scenery, its shopping districts are no different. Browse charming shops on a street filled with Victorian architecture, stroll around a park square steeped in history or take a scenic drive to one of the Bay Area’s premium outlets. Walk through Union Square which is a bustling urban hub of shopping, hotels, events and activities. Home to famous department stores, world-renowned luxury brands and well-established local favorites, you can shop all day, indulge in a delicious meal, catch a show, or relax at an outdoor café and enjoy people watching.
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Visit the Rock
Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there. Though several tried, no inmate ever made a successful escape from “The Rock.” The prison was closed in the 1960’s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alcatraz today is fascinating. Recorded cell-house tours are available, allowing visitors to learn about the prison as they explore the buildings and grounds. To reach the island, take an Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 33. Advance reservations are recommended.
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Explore North Beach
North Beach, the city’s Italian quarter, isn’t a beach at all. It’s a neighborhood of romantic European-style sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops centered near Washington Square along Columbus and Grant avenues. The beautiful Church of Saints Peter and Paul is a beloved landmark. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill offers a splendid vantage point for photos of the bridges and the Bay. Inside the tower, floor-to-ceiling murals painted in the 1930s depict scenes of early San Francisco.
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