With its laid-back lifestyle, curious history and sunny disposition, it’s easy to see why San Francisco continually rates as one of America’s most livable cities. Not only that, but it makes for an amazing weekend getaway to kick off your Princess® Honeymoon Cruise!
Depending on your timing, here are a few ways to spend your day, holding hands and exploring one of the US’s most iconic cities.
And of course the best part about any option is that after a few days exploring, you can head to the ship, put your feet up and relax knowing that all your meals are handled and you can enjoy the comfort and privacy of your room!
With cool shops, waterfront dining and a host of intriguing attractions, make Fisherman’s Wharf your first stop.
Morning: Start the day with breakfast at Buena Vista Cafe, ‘home’ of the original Irish coffee, and stroll along Pier 39, surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and bay.
Noon: Visit the Aquarium of the Bay for close encounters with 20,000 of San Francisco’s most amazing aquatic animals including sharks and rays. Be sure to check out the cute new otter exhibit.
Night: Embark on an atmospheric evening cruise to Alcatraz, the island prison that housed many of America’s most notorious inmates, and take photos of the spectacular bay lights illuminating the coast every night after sunset.
Head inland for an altogether different view of the city, enjoy a unique San Francisco experience and work up an appetite.
Morning: Board one of the city’s iconic cable cars for breathtaking views from steep Nob Hill. Don’t forget to buy a CityPass for unlimited cable car rides and free admission to top attractions.
Noon: Take the cable car or walk to Union Square for great shopping and a bite to eat. Afterwards visit Grace Cathedral and climb to the top of the South Tower to admire the panoramic cityscape.
Night: Discover the dark side of Nob Hill on a vampire tour before heading to the Top of the Mark bar at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel for cocktails and another fantastic viewpoint.
Spend the day in Mission Dolores, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood and home to some of its hottest new restaurants and galleries.
Morning: Admire the city’s largest collection of murals that adorn buildings, walls and fences throughout the district and check out Vermont Street, the second most crooked street (after Lombard) in Potrero Hill’s Dogpatch neighborhood.
Noon: Soak up some history in Mission Dolores. Founded in 1776 it’s the oldest original intact mission in California and San Francisco’s oldest building. Many of the city’s pioneers are buried in the adjacent cemetery.
Night: Sample wines at Dogpatch Wineworks, San Francisco’s only working winery, open until 8pm most days, then treat yourself to dinner on the new roof deck at steakhouse Lolinda overlooking the Mission District.
Diary dates: Plan a trip to coincide with one of San Fran’s host of special events, such as the Jewish Music Festival from March 2-12, the oldest event of its kind in America.
Pedal power: Take a guided or self-guided bike tour across the city’s symbol, the Golden Gate Bridge – if you’re not up for the return cycle then you can always catch the ferry back.
Out of town: Head outside the city to admire the might redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument. Operators such as City Sightseeing offer bus tours to the forest 15 miles north of San Francisco.
Whether you’re embarking for your honeymoon in San Franciso on a Princess cruise or it’s one of the ports of calls, Princess offers More Ashore with late night departures and overnight stays on most of the 7- and 10-Day Classic California Coast Itineraries.
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