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Traveling cheap!

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Traveling cheap!

Traveling alone to San Fran later this week and I'd like to explore the city while keeping things very cheap.

I've booked a one day-long tour with Dylan's that'll allow me to see Alcatraz and most of the more popular areas.

Tips on getting around for cheap during the other two days?? I'm not interested in any fine dining or shopping. Just mostly wanting to soak up the city in the three days I'll be there. On day 4 I will be a cousin and will ask her to take to wine country.

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1. Re: Traveling cheap!

Take MUNI. Visit Golden Gate Park, walk through the Haight, walk along Fort Point, down Columbus and through North Beach.Other than that, don't know what your interests are.

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2. Re: Traveling cheap!

Check out this website:

http://sf.funcheap.com/

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3. Re: Traveling cheap!

If you've already paid for lodging and airfare, then you've already paid for your largest expense unless you want to splurged little (which you don't).

Sure, you could pay for $30-50 plates at a restaurant, but you can eat places like delis, fast-casual or Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, burritos, pizza, some diners, etc for $8 to $15 per person a meal (without alcohol or expensive drinks). If you want to reduce eating costs more, pick up foods like breads, cheeses, fruits, nuts, etc from grocery stores (trader Joes, Safeway, etc) and don't eat out every meal. Go to Acme bakery (or some other bakeries around) to get really good bread and you will not be sad that you are "just" eating bread for part of your meal since they are really delicious unlike typical icky packaged grocery store breads.

You can keep yourself entertained for very little cost in San Francisco. Walk around, see neighborhoods, go on free sfcityguides tours go see sights. Get a muni pass or pay for individual rides--it's not very expensive in the grand scheme either way.

If you want to go to the larger museums, admission might be $15 to $35 per person, but you can look up costs for museums you're interested in and decide if they're worth visiting to you.

Drinking alcohol can add up in cost, but it seems like you're not that interested. Plays range from cheap to expensive. Goldstar.com or a booth in Union Square (is that still there?) sometimes have discounted tickets for certain activities of those interest you.

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4. Re: Traveling cheap!

You definitely want to do a self–walking Tour of the murals of the Mission district as well as a walking tour of Chinatown. There are lots of tours of this type -- just Google it

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5. Re: Traveling cheap!

Go to the S.F. Guides web site and take a look at free walking tours of various neighborhoods.

These are given by volunteers and donations are greatly appreciated at the conclusion of the tour. These donations keep the program going.

www.sfcityguides.org/

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6. Re: Traveling cheap!

MUNI is cheap and goes to all of the top stops for tourists. stick to ethnic places for cheap food. mexican,viet namese,chinese are filling.

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7. Re: Traveling cheap!

Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Upon reaching the other side, either walk back (the views ARE different), or walk (less than a mile) to the Marin Headlands. (By foot, after exiting the bridge, you'll walk underneath and trek up Conzelman Road.

Ten minutes (or less) later, you can look back upon the City, or keep walking to the Marin Headlands, and gaze upon the Pacific.

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8. Re: Traveling cheap!

Utilize Uber Pool to get around (easier than a bus for many trips). I can get across town for about $5.

Stay away from Fishermans Wharf and Union Square for the cheapest drinks and restaurants. For example in the Castro you can get 2 for 1 drinks during happy hour for about $6.

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