Creating a Basic Itinerary

Itinerary According to Bing Dictionary an itinerary is a:

  1.  list of places to be visited: a plan for a journey listing different places in the order in which they  are to be visited
  2.  record of journey: a written record of a journey to visit different places
  3.  guidebook: a guidebook for travelers

An itinerary is a great way to not only outline where you’re planning to go each day but it will    force you to look at maps of where you’re staying and will familiarize you with the area and the  prices for each attraction. It also helps me to budget my money so I know about how much I’ll  be spending which is a plus for a college student.

Creating an itinerary may seem daunting which is why most people have no idea how to create one. I wanted to share the outline of my itinerary that I created for my upcoming trip to San Francisco. Of course, all activities listed are tentative because of time judgement–it may take longer at one attraction than at another. You can of course use a different template through Word or create one in any outline that is easiest for you. From experience I can say an itinerary is much easier than handwritten notes and loose papers/brochures.

Throughout the itinerary are some notes and suggestions that I have made.

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Happy Travels!


San Francisco Itinerary (TENTATIVE)

      Things to prepare before trip:

  • Purchase Alcatraz tickets (tickets sell out weeks in advance!) *This is the only boat company that books tours to Alcatraz and is the cheapeast way to purchase tickets as other 3rd party company will charge delivery and service fees.*
  • Purchase 72 Hour Hop on Hop off tickets for online deal (

Day 1 – List flight information here…

–  Planned transportation method to property

  • Hotel Address
  • Hotel Phone #
  • Hotel Confirmation #
  • Pre-check in and store luggage with bellman if room is not ready
  • Talk to Concierge
    • Do you sell: Hop on Hop off Bus Tix? Cable Car Passes (do they start the day of purchase or when cashed in)?
    • Can you make reservations: for Mama’s? Tea Ceremony?
    • WHERE San Francisco Magazine
    • Cable Car Route Map?
    • Is Hayes Street worth the stop?

–  Breakfast at Sears Fine Food Restaurant

–  Go to Walgreens and buy Cable Car pass (3 Day-$23…use when necessary) and any souvenirs *Tip: souvenirs are much cheaper at a local convenience store such as Walgreens or CVS.*

–  Walk and shop in Chinatown + Fortune Cookie Factory

–  Shopping in Union Square!

–  Lunch: Hunan Homes Restaurant (Chinatown)

–  Dinner: Cheesecake Factory – view overlooks the city (Union Square)

–  Go back to hotel, unpack and get ready for the next day

Day 2 –

–  Good Morning Sunshine! 7AM wake up call, 7:30AM follow up

–  Start walking outside at 8:30AM

–  Breakfast/Coffee Shop

–  C-Golden Gate Park Tour Loop (departs @ 10a, 12p, 2p, 4p)

  • Hayes Street (Is it worth it to visit?)
  • Golden Gate Park (Japanese Tea Garden – $7/person entry, $25/tea ceremony)
  • Haight District
  • Near Alamo Street (Painted Ladies) [do not get off – take photos]
  • Japantown

–  Lunch: (tentative – based on location)

–  Dinner: (tentative – based on location)

  Day 3 –

–  Wake up it’s a Saturday…Morning! 7AM wake up call, 7:30AM follow up

–  Start walking outside at 8:30AM

–  Breakfast/Coffee Shop

–  Take cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf

–  B-Golden Gate + Sausalito + Muir Woods Tour Loop (departs every 30-60 minutes, 10a-5p)

  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Lombard Street
  • Palace of Fine Arts (Presidio, Marina, Shopping)
  • Golden Gate Bridge (Hop on Hop off to walk on/across Bridge, Fort Point)
  • Golden Gate Bridge (Incredible view of San Francisco/Bridges)
  • Sausalito (Art Galleries, Views, Restaurants, Shopping, Connect to Muir Woods Tour) [Muir Woods – $7/person]
  • Presidio – Central (Walt Disney Museum)
  • Presidio – East (Opposite Lucas Art Studios)
  • Lombard Street (corner of Fillmore St.)
  • Ghirardelli Square [Sundae!] + The Cannery, Boudin Factory, Pier 39

–  Lunch: (tentative – based on location)

–  Dinner: (tentative – based on location)

    Day 4 –

–  Wake up Wake up Wake up its Day 4!! 5:30AM wake up call, 6AM follow up

–  Start walking outside at 7AM

–  Breakfast @ Mama’s

–  Take Taxi to Ferry Building

–  A-Downtown Tour Loop (departs every 15-30 minutes, 9a-5p)

  • Ferry Building (Farmers Market & Shopping)
  • North Beach (Italian District Restaurants, Coit Tower, Washington Square)
  • Lombard Street (Crookedest Street, Russian Hill, Hyde Street Cable Car)
  • Pier 39 (Alcatraz Tour – $30-$37; Aquarium of the Bay – $19.95 online price)

–  Night Tour Loop – Take from Fisherman’s Wharf (departs at 6pm and 7pm)

  • North Beach
  • Chinatown
  • Union Square
  • Alamo Square
  • Civic Center
  • Nob Hill
  • California St
  • Embarcadero

–  Lunch: (tentative – based on location)

–  Dinner: (tentative – based on location)

–  DON’T FORGET TO CHECK-IN FOR FLIGHTS! 24 hours prior to flight

Day 5 –

–  Good morning! Buenas Dias! Muchas frias! 6AM wake up call, 6:30AM follow up

–  Start walking outside at 7:30AM

–  Breakfast/Coffee Shop

–  Walk around Union Square or somewhere nearby until checkout or store luggage with guest services

–  Board flights!

–  Home Sweet Home!