San Francisco is a bustling tourist destination that welcomes nearly 25 million visitors a year. The mild climate and moderate temperatures range from an average high of nearly 64 degrees Fahrenheit to an average low of almost 51. Pack your layers for easy comfort and get ready for a busy day of diverse highlights in this beautiful California destination.

Early Morning: Hit Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Serving San Francisco since 1978, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an institution as classic as the film. Grab breakfast as early as 7 a.m. on weekdays or 8 a.m. on the weekend. Don’t miss Tiffany’s Original Hash Browns. Get them “de la Casa” with cheddar and sour cream, “Stella” style with cheddar, jack, tomatoes, green chiles, and sour cream, or “Stella by Starlight” with all the Stella toppings plus bacon and salsa. Omelettes, tater tot skillets, and Benedicts fill out the menu.

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The Twin Peaks.

Midmorning: Hike the Twin Peaks

For the most stunning vista of the city, you can’t do better than the Twin Peaks. These hills offer a vantage point nearly 1,000 feet over San Francisco. Located near the city center, the peaks offer a view of the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Building, and Alcatraz. You can climb the peaks via a 0.7-mile trail network for the best possible views.

Noon: Grab Food at the Lunchpad

The Lunchpad offers an innovative choice of sandwiches that put a fresh twist on classic favorites. If you like it hot, try the A-Bomb where turkey gets a spicy twist with Habanero candied bacon, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle rémoulade. The Roast Beast pairs rare roast beef with pickled red onions, horseradish blue cheese slaw, and garlic aioli.

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The Japanese Tea Garden at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Afternoon: Explore the Garden at Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park’s expansive gardens cover diverse themes from the Japanese Tea Garden to the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden. The San Francisco Botanical Garden includes sections that mimic the Mediterranean, Montane Tropic, dry Mexico, and a mild-temperature climate. Keep your camera handy in this picturesque destination.

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The California Academy of Sciences.

Late Afternoon: Visit the California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences houses the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, and Osher Rainforest. You can visit Claude the albino alligator in the aquarium’s swamp exhibit, soar through the universe in the 75-foot dome of the planetarium, and watch real scientists at work in the history museum’s Project Lab. The Osher Rainforest spans four stories, housing butterflies, birds, and giant fish from the Amazon.

Dinnertime: Enjoy Fresh Seafood at Scoma’s

Make your reservations early for Scoma’s to make sure you get a table at this local favorite on Pier 47. Don’t miss the Lazy Man’s Cioppino with scallops, mussels, prawns, crab, clams, and fish in Mama Scoma’s tomato broth. Crab lovers swoon for the Dungeness Crab Thermidor alla Scoma. These fresh dishes give classic seafood a delicious twist.

Enjoy a little of everything with this quick tour of San Francisco. Though this itinerary includes some of the best spots in the city, don’t be surprised if you’re left craving more.