Take advantage of having San Francisco practically at your doorstep when you are in Livermore. A day trip to San Francisco from Livermore is a short drive with plenty of attractions to see, promises good dining, and in short is a fun getaway. San Francisco is the most notable city in Northern California that millions of people visit every year.
A trip from Livermore to San Francisco is only 35 miles. You can drive into the city or like some people take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from the nearby Dublin/Pleasanton Station, which is only about 15 minutes away from Livermore. Taking public transportation is a great option for a hassle-free way to get to San Francisco. It is inexpensive, and you don’t have to worry about parking and fighting through aggressive city traffic to get to the place you want to go which will most likely be crowded. There are cabs that you can take while in the city.
There are numerous sights to see while in San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Chinatown - just to name a few. There also are many popular neighborhoods in the city that visitors love to visit such as Nob Hill, the Mission District, the Castro, and the Haight.
San Francisco is a unique city that celebrates an amazing array of diversity. There are several thriving Asian neighborhoods here such as Chinatown and Japantown with many stores and restaurants for visitors. San Francisco also is known for its thriving gay and lesbian community. The Haight-Ashbury area is a haven for a retro, hippie culture.
San Francisco is a great place to shop. Start in its world famous Chinatown. While San Francisco Chinatown is known for its restaurants, it is its unique and interesting shopping that makes it such a fun place to visit. From small firecrackers “pop pops”, to Chinese outfits to expensive cloisonné vases, you can find gifts for everyone. Next, treat yourself to shopping at San Francisco's world-class Union Square. Union Square has high-end shops like Emporio Armani, Diesel, Neiman Marcus, Saks and the Virgin Megastore. In Hayes Valley you’ll find a neighborhood filled with art galleries. The Mission District has quaint European boutiques.
San Francisco is also a great place for people who love great food and dining. The restaurant and dining scene here includes award-winning restaurants and fine wines. With the Napa Valley and the Wine Country only a short drive away from San Francisco, restaurants have access to some of the best wines in California. Seafood is a popular menu choice in the city’s restaurants by virtue of its access to the freshest catch. Scoma's on Fisherman’s Wharf is the best known seafood restaurant in the city, especially its crab cakes. All of Scoma's food is fresh from the bay with no preservatives or MSG.
Green's in Fort Mason San Francisco is the leading vegetarian restaurant in the country. All of its food is harvested from sustainable and organic gardens. Green's restaurant has beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.
The city by the bay also has many great museums and attractions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Zoo, the Exploratorium and the Cable Car Museum.
For movie buffs, the Castro Theater is a historic 90-year-old theater in San Francisco. The theater is home to the San Francisco International Film Festival from April 19th to May 3rd. The Castro Theatre is unique because of its sing-along’s to movies like the "Wizard of Oz." Take a stroll through the Castro to enjoy the uniquely diverse neighborhood.
San Francisco has so much to see and do that to truly enjoy it you would take more than just a day or two to experience it fully. However, if you are short on time plan your schedule carefully to pack in the best experience. It is an excellent day trip from Livermore. If you live in Livermore, you’re in luck. It is a trip you can do again and again.