Hi&Low Travel: Top 5 Things to Do in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA is a rainbow-colored playground for the Peter Pans of our generation. Whether your interests lean hipster, historical, cinematic, or simply weird, you can find a venue or event that fits the bill.

Here are the top five things to do in San Francisco. Remember to pack good walking shoes as this notoriously hilly city is best seen by foot (and the occasional Uber).

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San Francisco’s “Mission” Burritos

We encourage you to consume as many of these massive silver cylinders of gluttony stuffed with rice, beans, guacamole, crema, cheese, salsa, and meat of your choice. After all, you’ll be burning off the calories walking countless miles each day. There’s an ongoing contentious debate about which burrito reigns supreme in San Francisco, but these are our favorites.

Our San Francisco recommendations for burritos include:
El Farolito, 2779 Mission St. (cross 24th St.)*
Taqueria Cancun, 2288 Mission St. (cross 19th St.)*
El Castillito, 136 Church St. (cross Duboce Ave.)*

*Note: There are multiple locations, but this one is best

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San Francisco Dispensaries

There’s a dispensary for every style in San Francisco. While you can certainly get your buds and cannabis edibles from a trailer with bars on the window (looking at you, BASA), we prefer the beautiful designs, comfortable atmosphere, and curated selections of the following San Francisco dispensaries. Call us soft — we admit it.

Our San Francisco cannabis-fix recommendations include:
The Green Cross, 4218 Mission St. (read our interview with owner Kevin Reed!)
The Apothecarium, 2029 Market St. & 2414 Lombard St.
Barbary Coast Dispensary, 952 Mission St.

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San Francisco Museums

While we can always hope more tickets will be released for The Color Factory or The Ice Cream Museum to fulfill our Instagram fantasies, these mainstay San Francisco museums always satisfy. Bonus points for 21+, adults-only evenings (check website calendars), so we don’t have to fight with kids over the fun exhibits.

Our San Francisco recommendations for museums include:
SFMOMA, 151 Third St.
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (in Golden Gate Park)
Exploratorium, Pier 15 The Embarcadero

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San Francisco Parks

San Francisco locals love their parks. Just try to meet a friend in Dolores Park on a sunny weekend day, and you’ll feel like you’re in a real-life Where’s Waldo puzzle.

While the rules about imbibing in a city park are strict, the redolent smell of marijuana and countless bottles of rosé suggest a (mostly) laissez-faire attitude.

Our San Francisco park recommendations include:
Golden Gate Park
Dolores Park
Alamo Square

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San Francisco Events

Like dressing in costume? Or maybe no clothes at all? San Francisco has an event for you. From street festivals that capture the essence (and, let’s admit, stereotypes) of various San Francisco neighborhoods to essentially street parties that traverse the entire city, these events are a great way to get to know your neighbors.

Our San Francisco event recommendations include:
Bay to Breakers, May
SF Pride, June
Haight/Folsom/North Beach/Union/Castro Street Festival, various weekends
Outside Lands, August
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, October