San Francisco – Off the Beaten Path

Every district of San Francisco has something to offer visitors who dig deeper and there’s no shortage of experiences to be had during NADA 2019. If you’ve been to the Bay Area before and have seen the usual sights– or just want a San Francisco experience closer to how locals do it– we have some suggestions.

In the Mission, it’s all about tacos. El Taqueria isn’t so under the radar these days but is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. There are so many excellent others as well, it’s hard to go wrong with any.

Similarly, it seems great food can be found in nearly any nook or cranny of Chinatown. Delicious Dim Sum on Jackson Street in particular is not to be missed.

The Interval Café at Fort Mason is great for coffee or cocktails while in the area.

Nearby Bonus: Greens restaurant is a vegetarian local favorite with panoramic views of the bay.

Looking for a way to see the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge without the crowd? While the ferry to Sausalito is a popular and relaxing way to see the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, consider the Tiburon ferry as an alternative. Tiburon has much of the same charm with significantly smaller crowds.

Lands End Park offers a beachfront look at the Golden Gate often missed by tourists. Crissy Field and the Presidio are picturesque parks, if a bit busier.

The 16th Street Tiled Stairs in Golden Gate Heights are beautiful themselves, as is the view from the top.

Closer to the Marin Headlands, but also less crowded, Hawk Hill has some lovely views from old military sites.

Nearby Bonus: The Point Bonita Lighthouse takes more effort to get to, but you’ll be rewarded with unforgettable scenery.

For those looking for fine art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the perfect destination. The SFMOMA is home to paintings by Frida Kahlo and also Ken Light’s famous monochromatic photographs. The locals will tell you to head to the roof to explore the lush garden.

If your taste in art leans toward sugary culinary delights, you’ll want to visit the Museum of Ice Cream where you’ll literally be able to immerse yourself in cookie carousels and rainbow sprinkles. Pretty sweet, huh?

The Treasure Island Market makes for a relaxing place to stroll and browse for antiques and collectibles.

While at Fisherman’s Wharf, head to Pier 45 to visit the oddities offered by Musee Mecanique. Boasting one of the largest collections of 20th Century coin-operated amusements, you’ll find literally anything that accepts coins, from nickelodeons to player pianos to video games.

Nearby Bonus: The USS Pampanito, a submarine now functioning as a Naval museum, also at Pier 45.

Those with the time and inclination to venture further out will find even more things to experience. Use any of these suggestions as a starting point for exploring San Francisco and enjoy NADA 2019!

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