San Francisco, California Frugal Travel Guide

February 25, 2008

San Francisco, CaliforniaWe are traveling to San Francisco and are looking for frugal sightseeing and restaurant tips. Thanks.

Tina from Ashland, OR



By Shellee (Guest Post)
February 25, 20080 found this helpful

If it's your first time, I would recommend buying SF CityPasses. They get you into some fabulous museums, give you an unlimited pass for public transportation, come with great Pier 39 coupons and have other great features as well (they escape me at the moment - it's been awhile since I went). I hadn't ever been to SF before and used the CityPass as my gateway into learning about the city. sells them cheaper than the CityPass website (but check to be sure if you're interested). Have a great time - and bring layering clothes. The temperature changes by the minute!

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February 26, 20080 found this helpful

Check out BART's schedule:

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February 28, 20080 found this helpful

You might search "Google street view cities" before you go - it gives you photos of street scenes in San Francisco (and other places).

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April 17, 20080 found this helpful

I know there are free walking tours in San Francisco ( My husband and I walked everywhere and rarely took any transportation as the city is a good size but we managed to get around fine walking.


We spent about 7 hours a day just walking around on our own with our map. You can also pre-book a harbour boat tour for $19 as opposed to the $22 you'd pay when you got there:

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I took this photo at the CA Academy of Sciences in San Francisco in their 4 story rainforest exhibit. The walk from the lower level up to the canopy, lets you see all the flora and fauna, you would see in a real rain forest, if you could climb a tall tree.

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My boyfriend decided to take me to San Francisco for Valentine's Day. He got a suite and I took this picture from our room. It was a beautiful day there.

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