Here's a list San Francisco destinations for the Portlander who normally avoids the touristy spots but doesn't want to miss out on key attractions, either.
Follow the stairs down to this basement restaurant where the seafood, hot pot, and sizzling rice soup are not immediately transcendent, but grow increasingly irresistible by the bite.
A go-to spot for live music, DJs, and cheap imbibing on Mission Street. You may find yourself in the photo booth after a few too many Hamm's + whiskey specials. Cash only.
The most dangerous part about this park is the folks taking the saddle of a rental bicycle for the first time as adults. From the botanical garden to the museum to Outside Lands concert, there's a never ending list of activities to indulge in year round.
Nab a patio seat on Chestnut Street for great people watching. The best deals are on the specials board and include many seafood options for breakfast. Convenient to hotels located on Lombard Street.
Inexpensive budget hotel with a location on Lombard Street perfect for travelers who use public transit and the power of their own feet while on vacation.
Everything from Miss Chinatown pageants to comedy shows take place here, but don’t miss out on the grounds before entering this beautiful piece of architecture. Stroll by ducks and other small wildlife in the pond and admire its allure.
Top-notch botanical garden located in Golden Gate Park. Different sections (don't forget a map) give you a look at plant life from all over the world.
From Crissy Beach you can see both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatrez while avoiding hoards of tourists. Crack a beer while sitting in the sand and be glad you aren't trekking across the massive bridge.