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Best things to do alone in San Francisco, from hiking to spas

Many people would like to move to California forever, others decide to visit this wonderful state on their own and then go back home. If you are one of them, here you’ll find all the best things to do alone in San Francisco.

Embarking on solo travel to San Francisco is a unique experience because it offers you lots of fun moments, even if your friends are far away.

In the City of Brotherly Love (as locals call S.F.), the days become endless as you’ll always find an attraction to see or a new hiking tour. To be honest, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Okay, lone wolves, are you ready to discover all the things to do alone in San Francisco? Buckle up, here we go!

Is San Francisco safe for solo travel?

Probably, when you plan a vacation in a new city, the last things you think about are the places to avoid.

However, you should put this check at the top of the list, especially since you are about to venture into a completely unknown destination.

The U.S. is a safe country, and San Francisco is one of its safest areas. Crime rates here are much lower than in cities like Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Washington DC.

As in all metropolises worldwide, even in San Francisco, you should keep away from some neighborhoods.

To make your vacation more enjoyable, you can take a screenshot of the following list and keep it in your gallery. You’ll know exactly the name of the places to avoid.

Top 5 locations to avoid in San Francisco

  1. The Tenderloin – High-crime neighborhood and not safe to walk around.
  2. Sunnydale – Crumbling neighborhood located north of Bayshore Heights.
  3. Potrero Hill at night – Better not to go there at night and not to park your car there.
  4. Bayview-Hunters Point – Two adjacent neighborhoods always included in the list of the most dangerous in the city.
  5. The subway– As in all subway systems in the world, even in the San Francisco there are stations that should be avoided, such as 24th & Mission Station, 16th & Mission Station, Civic Center Station, and Lake Merritt Station.

San Francisco COVID-19 – Important travel information

san francisco from above: view

Read here all the updates of the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Remember to clean your hands frequently and if you go out, wear a face covering and stay 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you.

Best things to do alone in San Francisco

Now that you know all the areas to exclude from your itinerary and how to travel around California with confidence, we can focus on the fun side of your solo travel to San Francisco.

Visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

san francisco museum: ticketWhile choosing the things to do alone in San Francisco, you could think about planning a visit to one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the U.S.

Founded in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is listed among the best attractions in the city.

Its collection includes over 33,000 work of paintings, photography, sculptures, design, architecture, and media arts.

To get in, you need a ticket. You can purchase it in advance or on site. Prices may vary for special exhibitions.

Prices: $0-25.

Address: 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States.

✅Good for art lovers and designers.

Go for a hike

golden bridge: attractionsAmong the most popular queries on Google about this city, we found, “Where can I go hiking in San Francisco?.”

As usual, the most famous search engine (its headquarters are not far from S.F.) provides us with a list of possible locations. But which is the best?

It’s true, hiking is not for everyone, but we guarantee that here you’ll find your route even if you haven’t been to the gym a day in your life!

The best time to explore California‘s wilderness is in the fall, between September and November (summers are too hot). During these months, you’ll find pleasant temperatures and clear skies.

Best San Francisco haking trails

  • Lands’ End – If you love breathtaking views and sea.
  • Golden Gate Bridge Hike – It takes you from Baker Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Batteries to Bluffs Trail – It’s considered one of the easiest hikes in the city.

✅Good if you love walking.

Best bars for singles in San Francisco

bars in californiaThe Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “Man is a social animal and always tends to join other individuals.”

Well, if you have had enough of wandering around the city by yourself and want to look for new friends, we recommend the top 3 bars for singles in San Francisco.

  1. Raven Bar – Right in the heart of the city with 2 dance floors and creative cocktails.
  2. The Black Horse London Pub – A British inspired pub in the Marina district.
  3. Comet Club – A dark bar with DJs, a small dance floor and weekly comedy performances.

✅Good to make new friends.

Treat yourself

travel alone in san francisco: treat yourselfDuring a vacation alone, there’s nothing better than treating yourself with a relaxing day in a wellness center.

Here are some self-care ideas to get the most out of your solo travel to San Francisco.

  • Nob Hill Spa – A true sanctuary atop the city. This Spa offers personalized services that will leave you revitalized. You can find ten treatment rooms, saunas, a Zen relaxation room, an indoor infinity pool, etc.
  • Kabuki Springs & Spa – Orientals know very well how to relax! That’s why you should try this oasis of serenity located on Geary Blvd. It provides providing massage therapy, botanical facials, and other treatments.
  • Spa Vitale – Relax and enjoy a long massage in this Spa, located inside Hotel Vitale. It boasts a private bamboo garden where you can experience a rare moment of bliss.

✅Good if you want to feel more relaxed

Things to do in San Francisco today

tour san francisco: viewWant to know what are the events of the day in San Francisco? Well, it’s time to talk about it.

There are several portals always updated, where you can find everything that happens in the city and other useful information.

For example, you can visit Eventbrite, a U.S.-based event management website, where you can also purchase tickets.

Another very popular website is Wikido. Here you can find concerts, presentations, games and courses scheduled for today.

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By Anna Maria Parente

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