If you haven’t visited the glorious City by the Bay in a while, fall is a perfect time! Ironically, autumn typically offers some of the Bay Area’s best weather, with daytime temps averaging in the mid-60s and nighttime lows in the mid-50s. Afternoons are usually clear, perfect for exploring one of the world’s most beautiful cities. California municipalities have enacted protective measures against COVID-19, but many businesses and parks are open — and are welcoming visitors with open arms.
Rely on Our Expertise to Plan Your Stay
Our Equity Estates residence has one of the best locations in the city, conveniently located within walking distance of North Beach restaurants, Fisherman’s Wharf and numerous landmarks. Our Local Host lives in the area and is an expert on where to go and what to do. Business hours, re-openings and transportation schedules are changing daily during the pandemic, so our Local Host can help you plan your stay — meaning you won’t need to worry about what is open and how to get around! We’ve created a sample three-day itinerary to give you some ideas on how to enjoy this fabulous destination during these uncertain times.
Day One: Bike Tour
One of the best ways to explore San Francisco is via bicycle, either under your own pedal power — or if you want to cover more distance without too much exertion, try an electric bike. You have several options for where to go. If you’ve never walked or biked across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, this is a must-do. Book a bike tour with Bay City Bike and choose their “Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Tour,” which begins in Fisherman’s Wharf. From there, you’ll ride along the attractive waterfront and enjoy stunning views of Alcatraz Island, cross over the city’s famous landmark bridge, and then roll into picturesque Sausalito. After exploring for a bit, you’ll hop on a ferry for a leisurely trip back to the Wharf.
Another fun option is to tour the city’s fascinating neighborhoods and sights on Bay City Bike’s “Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour.” This four-hour tour takes you through North Beach’s “Little Italy,” around the Giant’s Oracle Ballpark, through the Mission District, past the famous “Painted Ladies” of Alamo Square, the Civic Center and more. Most of the ride is relatively flat, but you’ll appreciate the electric pedal assist that will make getting up steep Bay Area hills a breeze.
These are just a few of the guided tour options Bay City Bikes offers, so you’re sure to find a tour that fits your time allotment and interests. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can rent bikes and head out on a self-guided tour (the shop can provide you with maps and route suggestions). From your residence, you can walk to the bike shop in just 15 minutes.
Where to Refuel
Whichever tour you choose, you will work up an appetite! Since all the bike tours begin and end in Fisherman’s Wharf, you won’t need to walk far to find somewhere to tuck into a delicious meal. Open restaurants are offering outdoor dining (with limited indoor dining, depending on current health orders). Many restaurants on Pier 39, known for its playful, frolicking sea lions, are open with marvelous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay. The legendary sourdough baker, Boudin Bakery Cafe, is open (multiple locations), as well as Fog Harbor Fish House, Wipeout Bar & Grill and Pier Market Seafood Restaurant.
Tip: Check websites and call ahead to confirm hours since things change often. Many Bay Area restaurants have recently reopened for limited indoor dining, so it’s best to make a reservation.
Day Two: Explore Muir Woods National Monument
There’s no better way to spend a crisp fall day than exploring the 558-acre Muir Woods National Monument, one of the Bay Area’s last remaining ancient redwood forests. Walk among towering redwoods on boardwalks and paths that meander through the park as Steller’s jays chatter back and forth overhead. The main trail is an easy two-mile walk with minimal elevation change. Since 2018, the Monument requires online reservations to park a vehicle, so plan ahead — or let our Local Host do it for you!
A stress-free way to reach the park is via a shuttle. Operators such as San Francisco Shuttle Tours offers two options: a “Muir Woods with Ferry Cruise” tour that takes you to Muir Woods and then stops in Sausalito for an hour before returning to the city via ferry. The second tour is a full day of sightseeing, with guided walks in Chinatown and Golden Gate Park, plus multiple stops at almost every city landmark for photo ops. (Note: passengers are required to wear facemasks).
If you prefer a more customized, personal adventure, check out Bespoke Experiences, which offers private four to eight-hour tours in luxury vehicles. You tell them what you’d like to see, and they will plan a custom itinerary.
Where to Refuel
In addition to the multiple options we noted earlier around Fisherman’s Wharf, several notable Bay Area restaurants are also welcoming diners. Sotto Mare, a family-run, old-school Italian eatery just a six-minute walk from Equity Estate’s residence, has been wowing hungry patrons with its “Best Damn Crab Cioppino in San Francisco” for decades! For a more upscale night out, spend an evening overlooking the Bay and enjoying some of the area’s best seafood at the Waterbar. Another wonderful patio dining experience is Boulevard, which is housed in a historic building on the Embarcadero with sweeping Bay views.
Day Three: Golden Gate Park and Land’s End
No trip to San Francisco is complete without spending some time in these spectacular parks. To create more shared public space where residents and visitors can spend time safely outside, San Francisco has recently implemented a Slow Streets Program — and Golden Gate State Park is included. The program blocks off several streets throughout the city to vehicle traffic, making it easier and more enjoyable for pedestrians and bicyclists to move about.
If you’re not worn-out from your bike tour on Day One, renting a bike is a fabulous way to explore the 1,017-acre park’s lakes and meadows. A fun alternative is to glide around on a Segway tour (check first to see if tours are operating). Or simply pick up a picnic lunch at the Whole Foods near the park’s eastern end and spend the day strolling around, relishing the fresh sea air and appealing surroundings.
For an unparalleled experience, spend some time exploring Land’s End, which is usually less busy than the area’s more well-known parks. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Land’s End is on San Francisco’s northwest corner, overlooking the channel that flows under the Golden Gate Bridge. Follow the trails that wind their way around rocky cliffs dotted with wildflowers and under cypress and eucalyptus trees. Prepare to be dazzled as you come around each turn when breathtaking views of the ocean, headlands, bridge and coastline greet you!
Be sure to save time to visit the Sutro Historic District, where six lavish saltwater swimming pools, restaurants, 517 private dressing rooms and arcades enclosed by 100,000 square feet of glass once existed. Now in ruins, the facility was a popular attraction dating back to 1894 and could accommodate thousands of swimmers at a time. You can still see the grand baths’ concrete remains just north of the Cliff House, an iconic restaurant dating back to the 1800s (temporarily closed).
Tip: Many parks are open, but some visitor centers and other indoor spaces are currently closed. For example, outdoor tours are open on Alcatraz Island, but no indoor tours are running. Check the park websites for the most current information.
Where to Refuel
Head back to your elegant Equity Estates residence to relax and order savory takeout from any number of restaurants such as Chong Qing Xiao Mian (just minutes away). If pizza sounds better, order from an award-winning North Beach institution, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Enjoy a glass of wine in the apartment’s lovely shared common garden area with a table firepit as you reflect on your wonderful three-day vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful cities!
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