The best damn driving tour of San Francisco as far as you know.

Never been to San Francisco before? Never driven across the Golden Gate bridge? Never seen the Red Line to Alcatraz? Never heard the sea lions of Fisherman’s Wharf? Never watched the sunset from Twin Peaks? Want to see it all, in the least amount of time humanly possible? Then you need my Best Damn Driving Tour of San Francisco.

What makes my driving tour of San Francisco the “best damn,” you ask?

Experience, plain and simple. You see, I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997, and I know what tourists want to see and do while visiting this fair city. They want to see everything in San Francisco that they’ve seen in movies and on TV, and the only way to do that—within the short time most of them have before Dreamforce or OracleWorld ends—is by driving.

My laziness is your gain! Use my favorite driving route of San Francisco.

Friends and family from the East Coast often ask me to give them a tour of San Francisco. It has happened so many times, in fact, that I finally made a Google Map of my route, so I didn’t have to keep reinventing it every time somebody visited the Bay Area.

Is this the best damn driving tour of San Francisco? Yes.

Here’s what you’ll see when you pilot your rental car around on my best damn driving tour of San Francisco:

  • (A) Caltrain Station
  • (B) PIER 39
  • (C) Ghirardelli Square
  • (D) Coit Tower
  • (E) City Lights Bookstore
  • (F) Chinatown
  • (G) Cable Car Museum
  • (H) The Fairmont Hotel
  • (I) Union Square
  • (J) Lombard Street
  • (K) Fillmore Street
  • (L) Palace of Fine Arts
  • (M) Crissy Field Picnic Area
  • (N) The Presidio
  • (O) Sea Cliff
  • (P) Great Highway
  • (Q) Twin Peaks
  • (R) Haight-Ashbury
  • (S) Alamo Square
  • (T) The Castro
  • (U) Mission Dolores Park
  • (V) City College

It’s a fairly comprehensive—yet speedy—driving tour covering the “Jewel Of The Pacific” highlights. Honestly, San Francisco is a pretty damn attractive city and, with so many sights to see, you’ll want to get started on my driving tour of San Francisco as early as possible.

Here are some additional tips.

Remember to wear several layers of clothing, always—seriously, it gets damn cold in San Francisco, even in the summer (just ask Mark Twain). And bring a camera or an iPhone, San Francisco is super snapshot-friendly.

Also, sourdough bread kinda sucks. There, I said it.

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