San Francisco is a fairly expensive city to visit, even for the United States. But don’t let this worry all you budget travelers, you’ll still be able to visit this beautiful Northern California city. You’ll be able to explore outdoor parks, play at the beach, take walking tours, and more, all without spending much money. Take our advice and put San Francisco on your budget destinations bucket list. You won’t be sorry after you’ve experienced all it has to offer without breaking the bank.
Golden Gate Park
If the outdoors is your thing, check out this 1,000+ acre park. Golden Gate Park is a free access area with a plethora of things to do. From photo-documenting the gardens, to playing on the playgrounds, to appreciating the lakes, to eating in a picnic area, and all the other activities available, you’ll never be bored. The trails are a particularly good place to catch a glimpse of the locals staying healthy and active.
There are a few different places you can play at the beach, we recommend Crissy Field. Even though the name doesn’t inspire images of beautiful sand and waterfront views, this area is a perfect place to soak up some Vitamin D. The smart visitor will bring some snacks, find a spot on the beach and enjoy the views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. There’s even some excellent windsurfing for those who partake of that particular sport.
Known for being a hilly metropolis, you might be tempted to take the bus, or spring for a cab, to explore the city. But if you enjoy walking, try one of the many free, donations accepted, walking tours the city has to offer. From a Japanese Tea Garden, to the Historic Market Street, to Nob Hill and more, there is a tour for every type of traveler.
You’ll be able to walk the city for free, but exploring the bay requires a boat. We suggest a decently priced Golden Gate Bay cruise to see the city from a new angle.
While you may not be able to afford the houses on Billionaire Row, you can at least get a glimpse into the home lives of the rich and famous. Many of these houses are worth 20-30 million and the luxurious decorations show it. Even if you can’t purchase one yourself, it is still fun to walk around and see all this area has to offer.
Billionaire Row is an acceptable distance from the cheap hotels in San Francisco. You could walk here if you wanted to exercise a bit.
If you are craving some sweets, head over to Ghirardelli Square for some free tastings of the scrumptious chocolate they display there. There is a lot to see and do in this square, so be ready to spend an hour or two looking around and window shopping. While the Fairmont Hotel chain may be out of your budget, you can at least see how the other half lives if you walk around this beautiful luxury hotel which is also in Ghirardelli Square.read more