Monday, January 18, 2016

San Francisco Layover

It was my first time to be in San Francisco, I was just here for 23 hours. I got this free trip via ANA airways. This is just a travel hacking tip that I must share to you.  I used multi cities option in their website and got a 1hour free trip to San Francisco and a 4 day layover in Tokyo without spending extra bucks on my ticket. 

I realized that I will only have 23 hours in this wonderful city. What I did was,I contacted my relative living there. They fetched me at the airport and did a mini tour of the city. At our first stop we ate tepanyaki at Benihana near the airport. Benihana is one of America’s favorite Japanese Restaurants. After that we went to Silicon Valley, to go to Google Office. You can actually go there just outside to take pictures. But if you want to take a tour you need to reserve or know someone who works at the best office in the world. Then we went to the infamous Golden Gate Bridge. This was an awesome experience.  After that we went to Fisherman’s Wharf where we ate some clam chowder while experiencing the cold weather. Then we went to Union Square and shopped at Ross. After that we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and saw the view of the city of San Francisco. We then went to our hotel and check in. We woke up early to experience the cable car and after that saw the Coit Tower. After that we went to Lombard Street and experienced the zigzag road. And lastly our trip would not be complete if we didn’t eat breakfast at Ghirardelli Square. 

My San Francisco Layover experience was definitely one for the books. This city has touched my heart way more than you can imagine. I just wish that I could have stayed longer to see more sights. But my trip was so good that I’m so thankful to the people who made this trip special which are my relatives, Tito Rolly and Tita Ocean. If it weren’t for them I would not have had the full blown San Francisco Experience. 

Top 10 San Francisco Must See Attraction on A Layover
1.       Golden Gate Bridge
2.       Lombard Street
3.       Coit Tower
4.       Twin Peaks
5.       Palace of Fine Arts
6.       Cable Car System
7.       Union Square
8.       Ghihardelli Square
9.       Fisherman’s Wharf
10.   China  Town

Layover Tips
1. San Francisco International Airport is just a 20 minute drive from the city center.
2. If you don't know anyone in San Francisco , you can also try renting a car take a tour by yourself.
3. You can also book a day tour package to San Francisco Downtown Proper.
4. If you just want to relax just go to Fisherman's Wharf, or Union Square and enjoy the city for a few hours and do a walking tour. 


San Francisco 23 Hours Layover Itinerary
Day 1

10:30 AM
Arrive at the Airport
11:00 AM
Lunch At Benihana
1:00 PM
See the Twin Peaks
3:00 PM
Golden Gate Bridge
4:30 PM
Palace of Fine Art’s
5:30 PM
Eat Clamchowder at Fisherman’s Wharf
6:30 PM
Union Square
8:00 PM
Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory
9:00 PM
Check in at Marriot Union Square
San Francisco Cable Car System
Coit Tower
7:30 AM
Lombard Street
8:30 AM
Breakfast at Ghiradelli Square
Leave San Francisco
10:00 AM
Arrive At  San Francisco International Airport

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