As with every big city, there are some things that locals know to do and see . . . and there are definitely some things to avoid doing or seeing. This list of dos and don’ts in San Francisco comes from locals who know. Make sure to see each of these things (and avoid making these common tourist mistakes)!
Dos and Don’ts in San Francisco
Do . . .
. . . bring a jacket.
Even in the summer, you never know when the fog will come in and you’ll be cold!
. . . ride a cable car.
It’s an iconic San Francisco experience!
. . . sit in a cafe and people watch.
San Francisco has such an interesting mix of locals and tourists. Take some time to sit and enjoy a drink while watching the people of this fantastic city.
. . . research the neighborhoods, and know which one(s) you want to visit.
There is so much to do and see in San Francisco: make sure you plan properly so you can see it all! Will you explore Chinatown? See the hippies and cool shops of Haight-Ashbury? Enjoy some shopping in Union Square? You can do it all IF you plan ahead of time.
Don’t . . .
. . . call it “Frisco” or “San Fran.”
Just don’t. Locals do not like these names for their city.
. . . try to drive down Lombard Street.
Walk it instead. The traffic is crazy! (Plus, driving in San Francisco isn’t necessary with such great public transportation.)
. . . leave without seeing some of the main sights, such as Pier 39, Union Square, and Golden Gate Park.
If you can’t see it all during your visit, then plan to come back soon! The city is waiting for you.