"Affordable" San Francisco Getaway

A woman lying down on grass and reading a book in front of San Francisco houses.

It comes as no surprise that the city of San Francisco is a pricey place to live. In fact, it was recently ranked the most expensive city in the United States, San Jose is second and New York City comes in third. It might not be the best place to settle down and raise your kids, but it’s definitely a fun place to have a weekend getaway. After visiting there not too long ago I'm going to give you some tips on how to make the trip a little more “affordable”.

An aerial shot of the Port of San Francisco.

You make have noticed I put quotes around affordable, the truth is this trip will cost you but there are definitely ways you can have fun without killing your wallet. If you live in California it will more than likely be cheaper to drive there rather than fly. Not only will you see some beautiful scenery on the drive, but you will also save money on UBER while in the city.

When looking for hotels check in South San Francisco. It’s significantly cheaper in that area and you are only about 20 minutes away from the heart of the city. You can find 3.5 - 4 star hotels starting at $100 dollars a night in this area.

Title card for the  Full House  television show.

Now that you have figured out travel and lodging, it’s time to decide what you are going to do in the city. If you are into touristy fun you can obviously visit the Golden Gate Bridge, and even visit the Full House home. It’s located on 709 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA 94115, and is usually pretty crowded. The important thing to remember when checking out this site is that people live there so make sure to be respectful!

Full House Home Location

 
 
 

There are art galleries all around the city, and a good chunk of them are free. Take your time and look around for some that interest you, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

San Francisco also has many amazing museums. When I was there I got the chance to check out the Asian Art Museum, and I highly recommend it. The museum is an excellent experience as you travel through time to study the diverse Asian culture. The enormous and elegant building is covered in ancient Asian art and isn’t very expensive to visit only $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends.

A time lapse of the San Francisco skyline.

Yelp will be your best friend in the city, not only will it help you discover what’s around you, but it will let you know if places are in your price range or worth your time. Now that you have a few tips on traveling to The City by the Bay you should feel more confident on planning your very own “affordable” trip!