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Planning the Best San Francisco Girl’s Trip

Have you been thinking about planning a San Francisco girl’s trip? 

You are in the right spot!!!

Look no further because San Francisco is a great place to spend time with your best friends, sisters, or mother.  My San Francisco girl’s getaway was all about my sister and my mom!

There are so many things to do in San Francisco it will not disappoint!

Let’s start planning the best San Francisco girl’s trip ever!

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How to Plan Your San Francisco Girls Trip!

San Francisco Girls Trip

As you plan a San Francisco girl’s trip there are a few things to consider: transportation, accommodations, and activities. 

Let’s explore your options and plan the perfect San Francisco girl’s getaway!

Plan a San Francisco Girls Trip – Transportation

San Francisco Bart Ride

As you arrive in San Francisco at the SFO airport there are a few transportation options to get to the city. 

  • Renting a car
  • Train
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Uber or LIFT 

All of these options are great choices that will get you to your destinations.

Take The Train To Downtown San Francisco

We opted for the train. It was a good distance from point A to point B. I was really surprised at how long it took, so plan ahead if you decide to take this route.

It took about 2 hours from landing to getting into our hotel in downtown San Francisco!

Riding the Bart in San Francisco

Car Rental From SFO Airport

Renting a car is always an option, but keep in mind that parking in the city is expensive!  Most hotels will charge you to park.

If you want to get out of the city and explore areas outside of San Francisco this is a great option.  I always like to plan ahead and book online at Priceline.

We considered renting a car for a day trip to Monterrey but decided to stay in the city since it was our first time exploring the area.

Airport Shuttle

Another great option is Go Airport Shuttle. You can get a rideshare van or a private car.  I have used airport shuttles in the past and have had great experiences with them.

Private Car or RideShare Service

Uber Car

We also used Uber and Lift the whole time we were in the city!  It was our first time using a RideShare service.  Let’s just say it was very easy to use!

How to Use It

First, we downloaded the app.  Always check to see if there are coupon codes available. (just Google Uber or Lift coupon code)  We signed up using the code which offered us a free ride.

At the time, if someone signed up under your account you would get a free code and they would get a free code.  Are you seeing how awesome this is if you are on a San Francisco girl’s trip?  Between the three of us, we ended up having six Uber rides for free!

San Francisco Hotels

Union Square San Francisco

One really great thing about going on a San Francisco girl’s weekend is that you can find a nice hotel and split the cost.  There are some really nice hotels in the city.  I recommend to areas. 

Union Square Hotels

There are many options of great hotels in San Francisco.  Finding the right neighborhood is an important thing to consider.  Since this was our San Francisco girl’s trip we opted to stay in Union Square which is the shopping and theater district. We stayed at the Westin at Union Square, but the JW Marriott is another really nice option.

Fisherman’s Wharf Hotels

I have stayed near Fisherman’s Wharf and it was a great place as well!  I personally like to be across the street from Ghirardelli Square so I can eat lots of ice cream!  If you want to have a really fancy San Francisco girl’s weekend you could stay at the Ritz Carlton near Fisherman’s Wharf.

Fun Things To Do On Your San Francisco Girls Trip

San Francisco Girls Weekend

There are so many fun things to do in San Francisco.  We wanted to hit the high tourist areas and eat at highly recommended restaurants. Let’s start planning your San Francisco girl’s weekend trip itinerary.  

1. Go For A Bike Ride In San Francisco

Bike Riding in San Francisco

There are several bike tours in San FranciscoWe opted for the bikes that you could slide your credit card and ride to the next bike rack location. You can also rent bikes and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito.

Scooters are the hot thing now you can rent them and tour around the city. This is a fun thing to do on a girl’s trip to San Francisco!

We love to exercise and riding bikes was perfect for our San Francisco girls trip.  We liked the option of parking the bike and touring around and then grabbing a bike and heading to the next site.

2. Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39

Sea Lions on Pier 39

We love to be “total tourists” and see the most popular attractions! Pier 39 is such a fun place to see.  With shops, sea lions, and an aquarium, it is such a fun place to spend some of your time on your San Francisco girl’s weekend. 

Pier 39 San Francisco

Pier 39 is a starting point for many San Francisco Bay Tours.  We were able to book a boat tour on GrouponWe also took a boat tour around the bay area.  Be prepared for the wind!  The boat tour was worth it because of the beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay.

3. Ghirardelli Square

Girardelli

This place is amazing!  You have to add this to your San Francisco girl’s trip itinerary!  The ice cream is fabulous. I loved getting the ice cream sundae.  They have so many choices. There is a little store as you walk in that has cute Ghirardelli souvenirs (plus you get a free piece of chocolate)!

What I love about girls’ trips is that we can share food.   I love to try a lot of fun foods but I don’t need the huge portion sizes. We were able to share delicious treats.

Top Things to do in San Francisco Ghirardelli Square

4. Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Windy hop on hop off tour in San Francisco

There are so many things to see and do in San Francisco.  One way to get a taste of it all is to take a hop-on hop-off bus tour.

You can see how windy it is when you are on the top level of the Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour as we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge from the image above.

We were able to see Chinatown, Pink Ladies (any Full House fans out there?), Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and Union Square.  This is a great option if you did not rent a car.

5. Architecture Tour

Building in San Francisco

My sister loved looking at all the buildings and architecture.  From the hop on hop off bus tour, we had some great views of the buildings in the city.

Building in San Francisco

6. Alcatraz

San Francisco Girls Trip Alcatraz

Alcatraz is defiantly worth mentioning. We were not able to get tickets so learn from our mistake and make sure you have reservations ahead of time!  However, we did get some great views from our boat tour.

7. Sausalito

Sausalito

Sausalito is a must for any San Francisco girl’s trip!  Getting to Sausalito is super easy.  We did not have a car so we decided to take a ferry boat across the bay.  To catch a ferry, we simply went to the ferry building. Boats depart frequently making it very convenient.

Ferry Building San Francisco

Touring Sausalito

Once we made it to Sausalito we were able to tour around. Sausalito is a cute little town. We loved walking around and shopping in the cute stores.  We made a stop at Lapperts (a famous ice cream shop) and enjoyed an ice cream sundae.

Ghirardelli Square

8. Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National monument

Very close to Sausalito is Muir Woods National Monument.  You can take a tour of Sausalito and Muir Woods or just catch a bus in Sausalito and be transported to this beautiful forest.

This is a taste of the redwood trees that you can view at Redwood National Park in northern California.  We loved walking through this amazing forest!  The trees are huge!

9. Shopping District

Shopping District San Francisco

Our hotel was in the center of the shopping district at Union Square.  It would not be a girl’s trip without doing a little shopping.

Shopping in San Francisco is unlike shopping in other places.  The Nordstrom we went to was 4 or 5 stories high!  We were able to hit lots of stores and get some cute clothes and shoes!

This was perfect for our San Francisco girl’s trip!

Shopping in San Francisco

San Francisco Girls Trip Must-Try Restaurants


San Francisco girls getaway food choices

We wanted to try the best places to eat in San Francisco. We love trying new places.  Eating at all the fun restaurants was one of my favorite things we did on our San Francisco girl’s weekend.  Here are some of our favorites:

1. Mama’s on Washington Square

Mama's on Washington Square

If you want to try the best breakfast in San Francisco Mama’s on Washington Square is the first stop you need to make when your wake up.  We woke up before 6:00 am and headed to Mamas.

Mama's on Washington Square

As you can see in the picture above there is a variety of homemade bread just waiting to become delicious dishes.

Long Wait Times

Mama’s will not disappoint but there is a price to pay.   There will be an hour-long line before the restaurant even opens. Being on a San Francisco girl’s trip this time went by fast as we laughed and talked.

Before you go check out the menu online.  We were able to try a few different plates and share them.  We loved it!

Mama's on Washington Square

2. Tartine Bakery

Tartines in San Francisco

Another amazing place you must try is Tartine Bakery The display case is dreamy and you may find yourself wanting to try everything.  We decided to get a few items and share!

Tartines in San FranciscoTartines in San Francisco

3. The Melt

The Melt San Francisco

I know this is funny because it is a total chain in the area, but I absolutely loved The Melt.  It was so yummy, especially if you like grilled cheese.  They have a variety of specialty grill sandwiches.  I loved it!

4. Boudin Bakery

Bread at Boudin
Photo Courtesy of By Edward Z. Yang – Wikipedia

Boudin Bakery is really close to Pier 39 and is located on Fisherman’s Wharf.  Our attitude was “When in Rome,” we had to try the clam chowder and a bread bowl.

The bread was delicious as for the clam chowder it was okay.  The best part of this bakery is looking at all the creations in the windows.  There are loaves of bread shaped like turtles and other sea life.

5. La Boulange

La Boulange

We found the most delicious macaroons at La Boulange. This is another must-have!  It’s a bakery, but they have a full menu.

La BoulangeSan Francisco Girl’s Trip Success!

San Francisco Girls Trip

Hopefully, this helps you know some of the fun things to do on a San Francisco girl’s trip and plan your San Francisco girl’s weekend.  We had an incredible time!

I would highly recommend going to San Francisco on a girl’s trip!

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If you have any questions or need advice on planning your next trip join our Facebook Travel Community Group.  This is a great group that can help answer any travel question you might have.  I also try to add any deals that companies send me as well. 

We had an incredible time!  I would highly recommend going to San Francisco on a girl’s trip!

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  2. I’ve never been anywhere in CA except San Diego. San Francisco looks like a great new place for us to check out, especially with all the delicious things to eat! I love French pastries.

  3. My girlfriends and I take a trip each year together. Looks like we need to add San Francisco to the list. Thank you for the great suggestions!

  4. You all looked like you had a blast! This looks like a great girls trip. I am looking for a spot in the spring. Thanks!

  5. What a fun trip! I can’t wait to go back to San Francisco and try the restaurants you recommend. Also, a bicycle tour sounds awesome! Two thumbs waaaaay up! 🙂

  6. We did about half these things on our family trip. My husband loved the ice cream shop. He ate his, the rest of mine and our toddlers.

  7. Girls trips are so much fun! And San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. So combine the two, and you have a great vacation!

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  9. I haven’t been to San Francisco! My husband barely let me take a picture at the Golden Gate bridge before going to Napa. These are great options.

  10. What a fun trip. I love the bakeries you went to. The bread in the shape of a lobster? So fun. I think I could get lost in the bakeries.

  11. I love San Francisco! This looks like it was a blast. I’ve done some of these things, but would want to check out those macaroons and Muir Woods.

  12. We never leave San Francisco without a Ghirardelli sundae. I agree, I never liked the clam chowder at Pier 39 either. I need a gal’s trip myself!

  13. Great pictures and tips! Looks like you all had an amazing time…Thank you for all the great tips for getting around San Fransico, I will be using this!

  14. San Fransisco is one of my top 3 places I have ever visited. There is always something fun to do there. It always tends to be a family trip for me, so I am going to have to make the effort to make it a girls trip at one point.

  15. Everything is there for us, we don’t need to do any research at all! Thank you. And it appears you had a great time on the trip!

  16. This is such a comprehensive list of things to do in SF! Great work! We were just there this summer (with a 12 year old so our list of to dos was different than yours) and we could in no way get it ALL in. There are just so many great things to do there!

  17. I love SF and all it has to offer. Good point about Alcatraz – reservations ahead of time is a must. Boudin is also a must for all the amazing bread shapes and clam chowder!is

  18. What an awesome girls trip! I love how you saved money on ride shares. Resourceful! The food in San Francisco is incredible! And Muir Woods Is a total favorite of mine!

  19. I love San Francisco! I went there a long time ago when I was a kid. It would be fun to go again as an adult with my girlfriends like you did. Awesome pictures.

  20. What a fun trip! I’ve yet to visit San Francisco in person anyway. Thank you for taking this girl along on yours 🙂

  21. This looks like such a fun time, I am calling my girls up now to start planning! haha But really I wish!

  22. You had me at Hello on those desserts 🙂 I will definitely visit SF just for that. Hahaa…What a detailed itinerary you had and looks like you had a girls fun trip.

  23. What a fun girl’s trip! Yup, I was a total Full House fan and remember the Pink Ladies! The Muir Woods is incredible, I’m glad you took the time to check them out!

  24. Looks like a super fun trip! I know my kids would love that bread shaped like a lobster and turtle! I love how your blog is sop organized with the table of contents box at the top!

  25. It looks like you fit a lot into that trip! I have not been to California yet. If I make it to San Francisco, then I am definitely going to have to visit some of the touristy places. Wherever we go, though, I like to enjoy a good bakery.

  26. I definitely want to visit San Francisco! So much to see and do. I’ll know now to plan ahead if I want to visit Alcatraz!

  27. My mom went to San Fran when she was in college and loved it and still talks about it! I’ve always wanted to go!

  28. Looks like you had a great time with your girlfriends!!! I haven’t been to San Francisco, but definitely taking notes from this post on where to go and what to do if I never get over that way!

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