New to SF Bay – First Day Things to Do and See

Misadventures-with-Andi-Guest-PostWhere else can you indulge in the world’s finest wines, visit a legendary prison island, catch a ride on a cable car and bask in the mystical power of ancient redwoods? Only in everyone’s favorite city, the city by the bay, the Golden Gate city, the friendly, easy to meet people city—San Francisco.

Known for its diversified culture overflowing with shakers and movers, art, gourmet cuisine, engaging theatre, mind defying architecture, world renowned landmarks, and one of the top contenders in nightlife anywhere in the world; San Francisco is the city that knows how to do life right!

Living the Life

Vacationing and living in a new city has monumental differences.  When visiting you will see what highlights you can cram into a few days or a couple of weeks.  But when you choose to invest your life in a new city you are able to search it, looking for the hidden treasures.

Celebrated for its eclectic collection of Victorian and modern architecture side by side with all their similarities and differences add to the charm of this metropolis.  Chilly summer fog rolls in over famous rolling, curvy and crooked hillside streets while the ocean glimmers with the reflections of all that is grand in San Francisco. Of course when you live in one of the most scenic, beauty filled, top of the line cities in the world prime Real Estate gets prime prices.

Buying property in San Francisco can be daunting unless you are well informed and prepared to part with some serious money. Renting a San Francisco apartment is a more common way of life for a large part of the population in this west coast city if enchantment.

Apartments in San Francisco are as varied as the city itself and many include luxury amenities, conveniences and true community which are vitally important when moving to a new city.  They are often as unique and charming as the city itself. Furthermore, San Francisco apartments give you the opportunity to rent before you own, find the right place in the city you want to live and begin to meet new people and develop lasting relationships.

What to Do? Where to Go?
Take a popular tour by bus, balloon, boat, bike or foot. San Francisco is a treasure trove of historical, fun, interactive attractions and activities as vast and different as the people who call San Francisco home. And it’s a great way to get the lay of the land and meet amazing people.

Landmarks and Tourist Attractions
From Alcatraz Island to the Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse landmarks and tourist attractions dot the majestic landscape of San Francisco. Depending on your interests and passions choose place where likeminded people gather:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • China Town
  • Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 Shopping Mall
  • Painted ladies: World famous Victorian home s amazing architecture and historic charm of San Francisco’s beautiful homes near Alamo Square.
  • Lombard Street: One of America’s most crooked streets
  • Muir Woods: Home of ancient redwoods
  • Napa Valley Vineyards: Master wine makers and vineyards

Once you have exhausted the landmarks and tourist attractions you will want to explore a few of the unique events:

  • The San Francisco International Film Festival
  • The Cherry Blossom and Japanese Tea Garden at the Golden Gate Bridge
  • The Blues Festival
  • Jazz Festival

Or simply devour the magnificent events in San Francisco. From art and history museums to concerts and theater performances, from the delectable restaurants that host an annual Dine About Town and offer deep discounted menu choices to the nightlife exploding with live music, raves, dancing, stage performances, exquisite bars and lounges…. San Francisco just keeps on going.

Whether you find yourself at the beach, in an urban garden, walking on a refreshingly shady pedestrian pathway, taking in a lush indoor park, sitting comfortably on a sun terrace or renewing your soul in a serene and tranquil plaza, just come and find yourself in San Francisco.

This guest post was written by Martha Keagan who is a freelance writer. San Francisco has an amazing history and culture, the details above only get your foot in the city door.

Thanks Martha!

How about you? Have any San Francisco tips to add to a newbie?

About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. A marketing gal who gave up my job to travel around the United States in an RV with my hubby. I'm now settling into the Portland area where I'm looking for my next career adventure! I love to travel via my stomach. Eating, seeking out local artisans and features to share. I've got more than 26 years of experience in marketing focused on content, social media, and direct marketing and I've mentored many bloggers, old and new.


  1. As many places as I’ve been, I have actually never been to San Francisco! It’s not very far from me, a few hours’ flight or a half day train ride, so I think I am going to plan a trip for later this year. Thanks for these tips, Martha! I’ll be sure and check out everything on your list that I can while I’m there.


  2. Thanks for the recommendation – I think I will do that! 😀

  3. San Fran is definitely my favorite west coast city. If the weather was not so unpredictable, I would definitely consider moving there!

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