How To Have The Perfect Day in San Francisco | Travel Guide

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  1. I have only one suggestion for anyone visiting San Francisco: GRAND VIEW PARK. You'll get to see the Mosaic stairs as well. If anyone visits San Francisco DEFINITELY GO TO THE MOSAIC STAIRS AND GRANDVIEW PARK.

  2. I’m from Oakland originally and have lived in the Bay Area my whole life…. but you still learn and can discover new things every day, why it’s awesome. Dig that you guys went back to the very beginning and enjoy hearing the hiSTORIES 👍✌️🌊

  3. Hey yeah enough of the NorCal SoCal beef…. 🙂 😛 but really it’s always been more of a playful rivalry than any real beef ;P WE LOVE YOU TOO SOCAL! Land of even more sunshine and incredibly beautiful and talented people 🙂 I’m comin for ya for a visit this year!!!!! Don’t try to stop me! 😜✌️🌊

  4. DAMN SO BEAUTIFUL. I miss San Francisco… the greatest city on the West. I live in Oregon & im 24 now; I was there in 2009-2010 to help a close friend move in with his dead. God this that place is amazing. Going to go back SOON!! Getting a tattoo in every city 🙏🏼

  5. THE SHITSKINS HAVE A SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Diseased Streets 18 February 2018
    An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous concoction of drug needles, garbage, and feces lining the streets of downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed more than 150 blocks, including some of the city’s top tourist destinations, and discovered conditions that are now being compared to some of the worst slums in the world.
    The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco in search of trash, needles, and feces. The investigation revealed trash littered across every block. The survey also found 41 blocks dotted with needles and 96 blocks sullied with piles of feces.

    Overall Sanitation Score by Block in Downtown San Francisco
    (see link for interactive map)
    We gave each block a score based on how many needles, instances of feces were found on the block, as well as if trash were present. Each needle is one point, each instance of feces is one point and presence of trash is three points.
    Overall Score
    0 (cleanest)
    (dirtiest) 15

    Click or tap on a city block for more details from our survey.
    Data: NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit

    How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area – bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Market Street, Post Street and Grant Avenue – is also home to City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station.

    As the Investigative Unit photographed nearly a dozen hypodermic needles scattered across one block, a group of preschool students happened to walk by on their way to an afternoon field trip to citiy hall.

    “We see poop, we see pee, we see needles, and we see trash,” said teacher Adelita Orellana. “Sometimes they ask what is it, and that’s a conversation that’s a little difficult to have with a 2-year old, but we just let them know that those things are full of germs, that they are dangerous, and they should never be touched.”

    In light of the dangerous conditions, part of Orellana’s responsibilities now include teaching young children how to avoid the contamination.

    'There’s Poop in There'

    “The floor is dirty,” said A’Nylah Reed, a 3-year-old student at the preschool, who irately explained having to navigate dirty conditions on her walks to school.

    “There is poop in there,” she exclaimed. “That makes me angry.”

    Kim Davenport, A’nyla’s mother, often walks her daughter to the Compass preschool on Leavenworth Street in San Francisco. She said she often has to pull her daughter out of the way in order to keep her from stepping on needles and human waste. “I just had to do that this morning!”
    A'Nylah Reed, 3, regularly has to dodge piles of feces and drug needles during her walks to and from preschool in downtown San Francisco (Jan. 11, 2018).
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    The Investigate Unit spent three days assessing conditions on the streets of downtown San Francisco and discovered trash on each of the 153 blocks surveyed. While some streets were littered with items as small as a candy wrapper, the vast majority of trash found included large heaps of garbage, food, and discarded junk. The investigation also found 100 drug needles and more than 300 piles of feces throughout downtown.

    A needle found on the streets of downtown San Francisco was one of 100 discovered as part of an NBC Bay Area Investigation into potentially dangerous conditions (Dec. 28, 2017).
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    Dried Feces can Lead to Airborne Viruses

    “If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. He warned that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine,” he said. The results can prove fatal, especially in children.

    Riley has researched conditions across the poorest slums of the world. His book titled, “Slum Health,” examines health problems that are created by extreme poverty.
    Dr. Lee Riley is an infectious disease scientist at University of California – Berkeley and has researched health issues in some of the dirtiest slums around the world. (Jan 18, 2018)
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    San Francisco Compared to Some of the Dirtiest Slums in the World

    Based on the findings of the Investigative Unit survey, Riley believes parts of the city may be even dirtier than slums in some developing countries.

    “The contamination is … much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India,” he said. He notes that in those countries, slum dwellings are often long-term homes for families and so there is an attempt to make the surroundings more livable. Homeless communities in San Francisco, however, are often kicked out from one part of town and forced to relocate to another. The result is extreme contamination, according to Riley.
    Supervisor Hillary Ronen is convinced the solution to cleaning up San Francisco's dirty streets is contingent on adding more temporary shelter beds for the homeless (Jan 8, 2018).
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Areea

    'We Aren’t Addressing the Root Cause'

    “Unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “We're losing tourists. We're losing conventions in San Francisco. All of this is happening because we aren't addressing the root cause, which is we need more temporary beds for street homelessness.”

    Ronen believes San Francisco has been too focused on permanent housing for the homeless and that the city has neglected to provide enough temporary shelter, which can provide the homeless a respite from the streets. The city currently has about 2,000 temporary beds. Ronen, however, believes an additional 1,000 are needed, at a cost of about $25 million.

    “We need to find a source of revenue,” said Ronen. “Whether that's putting something on the ballot to raise business taxes or taking a look at our general fund and re-allocating money towards that purpose and taking it away from something else in the city.”
    Mohammed Nuru, Director of San Francisco Public Works, says cleaning human waste, trash, and needles from the city's sidewalks costs his department about $30 million each year (Jan 12, 2018).
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    San Francisco Spends $30 Million Cleaning Feces, Drug Needles

    Until the problem is fixed, Mohammed Nuru, the Director of the Public Works Department, is charged with the towering task of cleaning the streets, over and over again. “Yes, we can clean, he said, “and then go back a few hours later, and it looks as if it was never cleaned. So is that how you want to spend your money?”

    The 2016-2017 budget for San Francisco Public Works includes $60.1 million for “Street Environmental Services.” The budget has nearly doubled over the past five years. Originally, that money, was intended to clean streets, not sidewalks. According to city ordinances, sidewalks are the responsibility of property owners. However, due to the severity of the contamination in San Francisco, Public Works has inherited the problem of washing sidewalks. Nuru estimates that half of his street cleaning budget – about $30 million – goes towards cleaning up feces and needles from homeless encampments and sidewalks.

    'Human Tragedy' in San Francisco

    A single pile of human waste, said Nuru, takes at least 30 minutes for one of his staffers to clean. “The steamer has to come. He has to park the steamer. He's got to come out with his steamer, disinfect, steam clean, roll up and go.”

    Asked if he’d be willing to give up part of his budget and allocate it to more directly addressing the homeless problem – which would likely alleviate his cleaning problem – Nuru said, “The Board of Supervisors, the mayor – those are decisions that they need to make." He added, “I want to continue cleaning and I want to be able to continue to provide services. The Public Works Department provides services seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

    Ronen acknowledges that finding the money to provide 1,000 additional beds for the homeless may very well take years. The city is planning on opening three new Navigation Centers for homeless people by the summer, but two centers will also be closing.

    “We're not going to make a huge dent in this problem unless we deal with some underlying major social problems and issues,” she said. “There's a human tragedy happening in San Francisco.”

  6. I'm from San Francisco too and I love it here… I love this comment section and this video cus I'm used to people saying bad things about SF and why California sucks as a whole. It always hurts to hear those but seeing people compliment my home is very refreshing, thx for posting this

  7. you forgot the Castro & City Hall and literally La Taqueria is all hype, the best burrito place is El Farolito, literally a block away from L.T. !

  8. San Francisco, “the city”, is an amazing place to visit!! There is sooooo much to see and do, it never gets boring.

  9. Wow! You guys really killed it. Your vlog style is super inspiring and made mus want to go re-experience places in our own city. We are so glad you featured San Francisco so beautifully!

  10. I worked in San Francisco as a Production Assistant for a week. It was dope. Then the trip home happened…. Check Check Check it out!

  11. Hahaha Bolshevik blog)) It's funny) Hello from Moscow! Watch you're videos and enjoy beautiful places

  12. It’s amazing how most of these successful gold rush immigrants were Europeans and not Mexican or even African

  13. I'm thinking of moving to San Fran.. but is everyone going to talk about how their coffee is direct trade or not? Ugh..

  14. Great video and recommendations for visitors to San Francisco. One item: burritos are actually Tex-Mex cuisine and not considered authentic Mexican cuisine by the supermajority of Mexicans, except in a tiny area along the U.S.-Mexico border on both sides. The rest of the country doesn't consider it Mexican food. I know. Boring point.

  15. Ritual Coffee in Hayes Valley!!!  Great place to chill and have a bit of caffeine!  My…this corner sure has changed over the years.  I lived here back in the mid 90s…and…return almost every year to enjoy The City and the Hayes Valley/Fillmore area…among many other great areas in town.

  16. Thanks for sharing! You are so gifted. I love to travel also:)I not long ago shared my first ever movie – My travel diary in Queenstown. Eep!Would cherish your feed-back on my video/editing and so I am able to develop like you!

  17. What about reports of it being over run by homeless drug addicts defecating in the streets? The druggies shooting up and leaving used needles in the streets?

  18. Very good boys!!! You highlight a lot of important and original things about our lovely San Francisco.

  19. These videos are so informative and I love it! They give me such a great guide before my travels to think about content and where I want to go with it! I followed their advice and that was probably the best burrito I have, and ever will consume.

  20. La Taqueria is my favorite place. My grandfather would insist on going when he visited. So it’s nostalgic i guess. The chicken tacos is what to get.

  21. You guys left out golden gate park, but that's an entire day on its own. Another suggestion I have is to hike the (very short but still mildly sketchy trail) onto the bay battlements, it looks out onto the bridge and some of my best travel photos are there. You also get to see the old torn out battlements and brush up on your ww2 history. (Just be sure to pee before you go because the bathrooms are literally the worst I've ever seen)

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  23. Best travel show on YouTube!! So cool to see that you guys covered a lot of sites and even the history of the city! I love the way these videos are done and the soundtrack is fantastic!

  24. you haven't given the palace of fine its justice, also if you want an awesome sunset I recommend standing at the hill right at the golden gate to the ocean side.

  25. wow probably the most fun and easy appreciation of history of SF that i found. Will continue to follow!

  26. Can somone tell me if i can get to six flags discovery in vallejo from san fransisco using public transportation ?

  27. Great tour. I love SF and have visited once when I was 21 😉.
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  28. Great job on the history of SF, guys … but it would've been great if you had tried a more authentic Chinese restaurant that is indicative of where the locals would eat. San Tung (infamous for their dry-fried chicken wings) in the Sunset is a good start, and follow it up with some amazing egg tarts from Golden Gate Bakery (an institution!). El Farolito gets my vote for best burrito over La Taqueria, but everyone has their opinions. Also, SF is the home of small batch artisan ice cream shops – we have SO MANY. Gotta check those out – Bi-Rite Creamery, Humphry Slocombe, Marco Polo, Smitten, Garden Creamery just to name a few. Also, the thumbnail says "San Fran" – we locals wouldn't ever refer to The City by that moniker, we'd rather say the name in full, or call it SF. Never San Fran, please! Happy Travels, Vagabrothers!

  29. Ok guys I am in the north bay 14 miles out of San Francisco (across the Golden Gate ) You need to come to our side of the bay San Rafael, Marin County, 94901 (Going towards Wine Country ) and check us out . I grew up in SF but moved to Marin , look us up , Thoughts?

  30. Oily fried chow mein and greasy pork meat? Where are all the vegetables? It looks absolutely unhealthy!

  31. I have wax in my mustache and I'm drinking fair trade coffee, so you can plainly see that I'm pretty cool. Wait…Am I trying too hard?

  32. It's practically impossible to do a thorough list of places to see (things to do) in S.F. Having said that, your video was quite beautiful and well edited. I always take out-of-towners to see the group of people who gather in Washington Square in the morning to do Tai Chi. That entire neighborhood (North Beach) is perfect for a scenic walk. A bit later, after breakfast, we pay a visit to the Tin How temple on Waverly Place in Chinatown. In Chinatown you can't beat the red Blossom Tea Company (Grant Avenue) for high-quality tea, which is much better and fresher than the packaged stuff you get at your supermarket.

  33. I'm glad to know that it gets older than the 20th century there. I would think people from San Diego would have better food on everything. I notice that most places have sucky food, even in comparison to American towns in general.

  34. Wow. You managed to talk about the history of SF without once mentioning that they were built by indigenous people who were enslaved. So much for that anthropology degree.

  35. I love SF but it is starting to go in decline with high prices, high Homelessness rates, and feces everywhere.

  36. Sorry, jack, Lawrence we’re living in North Beach. A vibrAnt Italian community. Fun fact Amedeo Giannini, founder of the bank of Italy, took his cal
    Cash to his vacation house before the fire got it. He was able to do loans days later. While the he big banks had to wait for their vaults. To cool. The Bank of Italy became Bank of America.

  37. You guys made me cry. If you listen to the prevailing opinions about San Francisco you'd think it was a sewer. This is my hometown and it is the best place on planet earth. San Francisco is a beautiful place and always will be. As you guys have proven, the best is not hard to find if you take the time to look for it. Thank you!

  38. There's a new taqueria that's opened on Bush street called Tacorea, & I love their burritos. There's usually a line, and so worth it!

  39. As a San Franciscan I appreciated this well made video. As a drone pilot, I'd just like to offer a little advice in that you should calibrate the horizon before flight so your aerial footage is level. Most people probably wouldn't have noticed…but I'm sure some did. Keep up the good work!

  40. Ugggg, not "San Fran" as you come off as ignorant D-bags from out of town not knowing this simple, unspoken rule as only they say it, especially from SoCal (no hate except to those that can't respect SF). It's like calling LA "Los An" or New York "New Yo"; both sound dumb, don't you think? That's how San Franciscians interpret it. God and you people call yourselves "expert travelers" when you cannot realize this…

  41. i loved the fact that it was not the typical touristy view. I love history and enjoyed the stories about the past. Thank you!!

  42. shouldve done the mission during the day and the castro at night. also didn't mention North Beach when you were at City Lights. also forgot Golden Gate Park which was created by the same guy as Central Park in New York (except golden gate park is better cough). Other than that I really enjoyed the video and the history you incorporated

  43. Victorian architecture ended with 06 earthquake and fire. The style after this was Edwardian…not so grand as Victorian. There are no Victorians downtown.

  44. Kerouac, Cassiday and his wife lived on Russian Hill…Russell Alley just off Hyde (cable car). Ginsberg lived on Montgomery and Broadway in North Beach. Ferlinghetti lived on Telegraph Hill.

  45. I visited SF three times in the 1990s and my favorite district was The Castro – how could you omit it? An excellent place there is the Zapata Mexican Grill on 18th St one block west of Castro St, soon to go out of business due to owner retirement or just the high cost of doing businesd in SF – I had the best, most delicious burritos there.

  46. If you are looking for an awesome experience. Then check out our night tour of San Francisco:

  47. Thank you for a great video. But I swear if I looked in a dictionary for the word “hipster” it will probably (or should) have a picture of Marko! That’s some bad hat Harry 😉 BTW, Did you Uber for most of your travels?

  48. Just now watching this 2 yr old vlog as today is Sept 2019 and so much has changed in SF .. we have lots if new skyscrapers, a new 4 block long transit center that has an amazing rooftop park , a new sports and entertainment arena , a renovated and expanded convention center etc… So everyone, please check out my city !!

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