San Francisco offers visitors amazing food, incredible culture and events that are as exciting and unique as the city itself. The city by the bay is a dream destination for tourists from all over the world, but there are so many hidden gems that will show you the way the locals have lived in this city for years. San Francisco has an abundance of beautiful local neighborhoods that you can organize to stay in via HomeExchange. Exploring the city from a local perspective gives you the best insight into the culture and experiences San Francisco has to offer. You may find yourself in a family home in Noe Valley, a luxurious historic residence in the Pacific Heights or an ocean view in Seacliff.
Visiting the iconic Golden Gate bridge is often the first on many travelers “to-do” lists when visiting San Francisco, but just seeing the monument from a viewpoint is only enjoying it halfway. Locals love to walk or ride their bikes along the bridge, and at just under two miles it is a beautiful way to see it in all its glory. If you are looking for a tougher trail, the northwestern corner of San Francisco is home to a windy trail around the rocky cliffs above the ocean. If you make it through the trail you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the shores, headlands and the Golden Gate itself.
The city is also known for its food and dining culture. An experience not to be missed is the Ferry Building Marketplace, which hosts local farmers, artisan producers and a range of independently owned restaurants. They focus specifically on showcasing smaller regional producers that still practice a more traditional form of farming while also promoting the ethnic diversity of cultures and foods in the Bay Area. If you are looking for something a little different, take a tour of Acatraz Island at night for a little extra spook. Find a home swap on a pretty San Francisco street and start exploring this unique city.