San Francisco is one of those magical cities that lives up to everything you”ve ever heard about it. The diversity of the city, the natural beauty, the great places to dine, cultural landmarks… the list goes on and on. It’s a city loved both by Americans and Internationally as a major West Coast headquarters.

I must admit: it is nearly impossible to “see” San Francisco in 24 hours. You could probably LIVE in San Fran your whole life and still not really see the city. But that’s okay- just play along. This is what I would do if given a day in San Francisco and had to make the most of it.

1: 9:00 am, Muir Woods National Monument

If you love the outdoors, Muir Woods is a must see. The monument was named after 19th/20th century naturalist John Muir, who helped establish the National Park System that protects the US” rich natural environment. Basically, Make time for it. A few hours. I wouldn’t even consider myself a super outdoorsy person, but the beauty of the park is something that is unmatchable.

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<p>Go early in the morning when the fog is still low and the park is nearly empty (you”ll avoid all the tour buses and big groups). There’s a nominal fee to enter and maps available, too. There is a boardwalk where you can stroll, or there are paths that lead up to a raised trail about 60 feet off the main trail which is mostly flat. Some have described the park as a spiritual experience and I would have to agree. Muir Woods is something literally anyone at any age or skill level can enjoy.</p>
<h3>2: 12:00 pm, The Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)</h3>
<p><a title="Exploratorium" href="http://www.exploratorium.edu/" target="_blank" data-wpel-link="external" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">The Exploratorium</a> blends the feel of a traditional science museum with the intrigue and interaction that make it seem like a “scientific funhouse” and an “experimental laboratory”. It’s so groundbreaking that it’s being cited as a prototype for a new style of participatory museums across the globe. Instead of looking at pictures and artifacts behind a glass pane, attendees will be able to learn by doing and get a fuller experience.</p>
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There are several different galleries/areas of the museum itself, including 1.5 acres of public space, a restaurant on the ground, a Seeing and Listening Gallery, and more. This is a really fun way to squeeze in some fun but educational activity in your day and pique your curiosity into the world of science.

3: 4:00 pm, Burger Meister, 7 locations

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<p>So pop into <a title="Burger Meister" href="http://burgermeistersf.com/" target="_blank" data-wpel-link="external" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Burger Meister</a>! A pub feeling in a lunch setting, you can find super tasty burgers, fries, shakes, and more here- classic American comfort food- all to order to your exact specifications. They source all their beef locally from Niman Ranch in Marin County, Northern California, meaning they simply taste better. This is a great pit stop for a satisfying meal and a float- it won’t disappoint! This will keep you feeling full for the rest of the adventures you”re about to embark on.</p>
<h3>4: 5:00 pm, Pier 39</h3>
<p><a title="san Fran Pier 39" href="http://www.pier39.com/" target="_blank"" data-wpel-link="internal">Pier 39</a> is a super fun, high-energy waterfront strip where you can find shopping, fine dining, street performers, live music, and specialty shops. It’s also where you can see the barking sea lions! With a beautiful view of the waterfront, you can also see Alcatraz Island from afar!</p>
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Pier 39 is on the Embarcadero, a very busy, high traffic area: if you can find a way to carpool or take public transit, this is highly recommended! You could easily spend an entire evening checking out the fun shops and people watching here. Not only is it a family friendly place but it could also be great for date nights, too! This has been a well loved attraction in San Francisco since it first opened in 1978.

Obviously there are a ton more places in San Francisco that could (and should!) have been included in this list. The city is overflowing with decadent and unique places to eat, inspiring sights, and friendly people, too. Where is your favorite place in SanFran and what do you love about it?

Honorable Mentions: Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge; Lombard Street; and if you”re feeling nostalgic, The Painted Ladies (featured in the Full House opening credits, of course!)