Thanks to its compact size, San Francisco is easy to explore by foot, as long as you don't mind getting a workout climbing all those hills.
A stroll starting at North Beach makes for a fascinating route as Telegraph Hill gives way to Little Italy, which merges into Chinatown — its entrance marked by the iconic Dragon Gate. Jackson Square and Coit Tower are close by, and the famous City Lights bookstore is a must for avid readers. For lunch, try dim sum at any number of restaurants along Jackson Street. Feeling lucky? Stop into Golden Gate Fortune Cookies at Ross and Jackson, where 20,000 of the cookies are handmade daily.