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San Francisco Two-Day Itinerary

Here's the best way to see San Francisco and many of its treasures in two days.


San Francisco Two-Day Itinerary
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This two-day itinerary takes in the best of San Francisco, including sampling the city's finest food, a visit to some iconic landmarks, breathtaking city views, easy, scenic hikes, shopping, and more.

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Day Two

Have breakfast downtown at Blue Bottle Coffee, and then stroll the few blocks to the Museum of Modern Art. The impressive works here include important pieces by Matisse, Diego Rivera, and Georgia O’Keefe as well as large scale contemporary installations and an extensive photography collection. Don’t miss the brand new roof garden with its lovely city views, and be sure to stop in the museum shop, which sells books, art jewelry, house wares, and furnishings.

Next, head to Union Square for some shopping. Browse the high-end boutiques in Maiden Lane, where European shops like Paul Smith and Dyptique draw discerning shoppers. The Westfield Shopping Center is the area’s newest temple to retail; with a large Bloomingdales and many exclusive boutiques.

Make your way to Chinatown via Grant Street and take in the scents and sights of this colorful, densely packed neighborhood. Some of Chinatown’s historic temples, established in the mid 19th century by Chinese immigrants, are open to the public. Kong Chow Temple (855 Stockton Street) and Ti How Temple (125 Waverly Street) both allow visitors. For lunch, duck into one of the wonderful dim sum restaurants; New Asia (772 Pacific; 415-391-6666) and Hang Ah (1 Pagoda Place; 415-982-5686) are good bets. For shopping, don’t miss the Wok Shop or Old Shanghai.

In the afternoon, head over to Lincoln Park (Clement at 34th Street) on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. After a visit to Legion of Honor Museum, known for its great works of European Art, take a stroll along the water and enjoy the stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.

For drinks and dinner make your way to the Mission. Along 18th street between Dolores and Mission you’ll find some terrific dining options, including Pizzeria Delfina, Regalito , and Farina.
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