My San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

My San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Since moving to the city a few short months ago, I soon realized that the city has so much more to offer than I initially thought. More mountains to climb, more beaches to play in, more sights to see.  I’ll sure have fun crossing these items off my list!  Anything else I should add to my San Francisco bucket list?!

San Francisco Bucket List

“san francisco has always been a dreamer’s city; a far-flung city perched on the edge of the sea where far-fetched fantasies have a way of catching hold and hatching into reality.”

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San Francisco Bucket List:


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Mount Tamalpais

Lands End Trail ✓

Point Bonita Lighthouse ✓

Mission Peak ✓

Coit Tower

The Stanford Dish ✓

Palo Alto Foothills ✓

Alamere Falls

Lyon Street Steps

Dips Trail (Muir Woods)

Los Gatos Creek Trail

Mt. Diablo

Marshall Beach Coastal Trail

Purisima Creek Redwoods ✓

Montara Mountain

Gray Whale Cove Trail

Muir Beach Lookout ✓

Mount Davidson

Hike to the highest spot in Angel Island

Grizzly Peak

Stonewall Panoramic Trail

Inspiration Peak


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Baker Beach ✓

Sea Cliff ✓

Whale watching cruise

iFly indoor skydiving ✓

Visit the Buffalo in Golden Gate Park

Cal Academy – make sure to see the planetarium

Have a Bonfire on Ocean Beach

see the sailboats in the Marina District ✓

Outside Lands Music Festival (Golden Gate Park in August)

Billy Goat Hill Park (swings with view of whole city)

Mosaic Stairway ✓

See Alcatraz at Night ✓
walt disney museum

See a Giant’s Game at AT&T Park

Take a tour of AT&T Park ✓


visit SF MoMA

Ferry Building (samples!!!) ✓

take my little nephew to the SF Zoo ✓

Palace of Fine Arts ✓
de Young Museum

walk across the golden gate bridge ✓

go horseback riding on the beach ✓
yoga on the labyrinth at grace cathedral
yerba buena gardens festival
Eat too much at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

Fly Kites on Chrissy Field

Go paddle boating on Stow Lake

Drive the 49-Mile Drive

Take the ferry from San Francisco —> Sausalito
Find the Full House House (Painted Ladies) ✓

Take a Picture with the Facebook “LIKE” Button ✓

Foster City Canals ✓

Oakland Temple with View

Fort Point ✓

See the elephant seals in Año Nuevo State Park ✓

play tennis in golden gate park

Visit Ocean Beach ✓

Grand View Park

See the Fireworks in the City on New Years Eve

Witness the Sunset on top of Twin Peaks ✓


Lucca Ravioli Company

Flour & Co.

Happy Moose Juice

Restaurant inside Town Hall

Sexy Soup Food Cart

Fog City Diner ✓

Tour It’s-Its ice cream sandwich factory

Eating Tour through Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto”

Sourdough Class at La Victoria’s


Eat a burrito in the Mission ✓✓ || never enough

Bacon Bacon

Mozzeria SF

Thai food with Sunshine

Cliff House ✓ || the popovers are amazing!


Refuge ✓

Sam’s Chowder House ✓


Twirl and Dip Ice Cream Truck

Bi-Rite Creamery (a must for your San Francisco bucket list!) ✓

Golden Gate Bakery


Nosh This

Smitten Ice Cream

Ice cream sundaes at Ghirardelli Square ✓

Cream Puffs at Beard Papa ✓

Get Chinese Mai Tai’s at Li Po Cocktail Lounge ✓

Chile Pies and Ice Cream

Dynamo Donut and Coffee

Cruffins at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse ✓

The Loving Cup

Fortune Cookie Factory

Have drinks at the Ritz Carlton in HMB ✓

Cowabunga Creamery ✓



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Tiburon – go bike riding around the island

Sausalito ✓

Santa Cruz  ✓

explore Berkeley

Marin Headlands ✓

Angel Island

Los Gatos ✓

Sacramento ✓

Point Reyes National Seashore – Tomales Bay Oyster Farm/Point Reyes Shipwreck _ /✓

Go horseback riding on the beach with ricochet ridge ranch

Jelly Belly Factory

Moss Beach/Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Pescadero ✓

Muir Woods ✓

Yosemite National Park ✓

Pacific Coast Highway (Mendocino – Big Sur) ✓

Fort Bragg (glass beach) ✓

Big Sur ✓

Morro Bay Beach / Hearst Castle / Elephant Seal Vista Point (San Luis Obispo)

Felton (near Santa Cruz)

Monterey whale watching in summer/fall months (april-november)


17 mile drive ✓

Hot air balloon ride in Napa ✓

Half Moon Bay // Pumpkin Festival // Ritz Carlton HMB

Capitola by the Sea


Stay over at Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Zipline in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Visit Lake Tahoe in the Winter ✓ and Summer

For more items to put on your San Francisco bucket list, check out:

24 Bucket List Things to Do in San Francisco 🙂