Calling all cash-strapped travelers who still want to experience the City by the Bay: Check out these five free things to do in San Francisco.
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco’s most iconic landmark is free to cross, so grab your camera and take in the sights with a 1.7-mile walk over the bay. Don’t forget to kick off your stroll with a visit to the Visitors’ Center at the base of the bridge.
San Francisco’s famous hills are best traveled on board one of the city’s famed cable cars, and you can learn all about these nostalgic cars (just don’t call them trolleys) at the Cable Car Museum, which is always free to visit. The museum offers a look into the history of the cable cars with various exhibits and views of the actual cables that pull today’s cars.
Who doesn’t love a free walking tour? San Francisco City Guides offers an impressive selection of free daily tours, covering everything from architecture and notable neighborhoods to ghost walks and Hitchcock’s San Francisco. Tours are offered for free throughout the year.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Soak up the city’s natural beauty at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, where you can lose yourself in endless acres of gardens, blossoms and greenery. More than 50,000 plants fill the Botanical Gardens’ 55 acres, with special collections taking inspiration from Asia, California and the Mediterranean. Nature walks, garden workshops and other events are held throughout the year.
If you fancy yourself a beer lover, make reservations early for one of the free weekday tours at Anchor Brewing. Two tours are held each weekday, taking you on a 45-minute journey through the brewery’s three floors. Tours are topped off with a tasting session of Anchor Brewing’s best flavors.
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