On recommendation from Juliana, editor from our sister site, Hotelchatter, we hopped BART, the public transport system taking locals and visitors from the airport right in the heart of town. We chose to pay the $8.10 to the tourist hot spot, Embarcadero and started at the Ferry Terminal and headed north towards Fisherman's Wharf. After a long day of travel, our empty stomach took a detour to one of the restaurants along the piers, Butterfly. After a few appetizers and 2 killer kiwi gin & tonics, we kept exploring.
Continuing on to Fisherman's Wharf, we noted it was dripping with too many tourists for us to stay, so we got our photos and hightailed it up the hill. The fog was rolling in, as it does in this town, which provided even more stunning shots.
We had to head back to the airport to allow enough time to get through security, so we strolled through Little Italy while spying the delicious food from each cafe. This brought us right back into the center of town where we hopped back into our wifi-enabled train to head back to the International Terminal.
It was quick, it was a whirlwind, but it was all worth it. Would we recommend to head out of the airport into the city on a long layover? YES! One caveat: ask some locals if your layover is enough time. Some cities aren't as lucky to have the BART like San Fran is. Either way, we can only say, Happy Exploring!
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak for Jaunted]