A 3-Day & 2-Night Itinerary for Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco
Ready to cap off summer? Squeeze in one more getaway before fall and spend Labor Day weekend in San Francisco! It’s time for another big city adventure, and SF will easily tick off all your holiday bucket-list— great food, arts and culture, music, Instagram-worthy views, new experiences, and outdoor adventures.
Labor Day is every first Monday of September, that’s September 4 this 2023, so we get a long weekend to celebrate all our hard work and contributions to the economy and society. In this 3D2N San Francisco itinerary, we’ll take you on a full-on adventure that does not just highlight the city’s most iconic landmarks but also gives you a glimpse of the city’s local culture.
Where to Stay on Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco
Make the Golden Gate Hotel your home away from home on your Labor Day weekend getaway in San Francisco. Nestled in the heart of Nob Hill district, our pet friendly hotel in San Francisco offers a cozy and intimate setting, reminiscent of the city’s Victorian era. Steeped in history, we have been a part of the city’s history since 1913. Take your pick between our 23 individually decorated rooms, including private rooms with an en-suite bathroom (some retaining their original claw-foot tubs) or European-styled rooms with shared bathrooms just down the hall.
Mornings at Golden Gate Hotel start with a complimentary breakfast of well-loved blueberry muffins and the city’s strongest coffee, all in the delightful company of Skittles, the resident cat.
Day 1, September 2
Brunch at Sweet Maple or Zazie
Start your Labor Day weekend in San Francisco with a delicious brunch at Sweet Maple. Located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, this charming spot offers classic American breakfast favorites and creative culinary delights. Their famous Millionaire’s Bacon is mindblowing! It’s a little bit pricey, and there’s always a line, especially on the weekends, but it’s worth it. Plus, the most delicious brunches in SF almost always have a line anyway.
Walk around Golden Gate Park
Burn off the calories from brunch and take a leisurely stroll around Golden Gate Park, one of the city’s most beloved outdoor spaces. Spanning over 1,000 acres, this urban oasis offers a variety of attractions, including stunning gardens, museums, and even a bison paddock. The Botanical Garden is a must-visit. It’s a magical place with such a rich diversity of plants from around the world. Don’t miss the Conservatory of Flowers as well, an iconic Victorian greenhouse that showcases exotic blooms and rare botanical specimens.
Afternoon Tea at Japanese Tea Garden
There’s no shortage of flowers and gardens at Golden Gate Park. So, after your afternoon of exploration, it’s tea time at the Japanese Tea Garden, located within Golden Gate Park, too. Step into a tranquil oasis of carefully manicured gardens, traditional pagodas, and peaceful koi ponds and enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Sunset at Sutro Baths
As the day draws to a close, make your way to the picturesque ruins of Sutro Baths, situated along the rugged coast of Land’s End. Once a grand swimming complex, these historic ruins offer a captivating glimpse into the city’s past. As you explore the hauntingly beautiful remains, be sure to take in the stunning sunset views over the Pacific Ocean.
A Chorus Line at SF Playhouse or Live Music at The Chapel
If you still have energy, cap off your evening with a touch of culture and entertainment. We have two options for you: catch the acclaimed production of “A Chorus Line” at the SF Playhouse or head over to The Chapel at Mission District, a renowned music venue in SF showcasing an eclectic lineup of artists from various genres.
Day 2, September 3
Breakfast at Golden Gate Hotel
Fuel up before the second day’s adventures, with our complimentary breakfast. Enjoy a delicious spread of freshly baked goods (our blueberry muffins are the best!) and reputedly the city’s strongest coffee and brewed tea. Our breakfast is served in our downstairs Parlor where you can socialize with our other guests and hang out with our resident cat, Skittles!
A morning at Alcatraz
No visit to San Francisco is complete without a trip to the legendary Alcatraz Island. Catch a ferry from Pier 33 and embark on a journey to the infamous former federal prison that once housed some of America’s most notorious criminals. Explore the cell blocks, listen to audio tours narrated by former inmates and prison guards, and gain insight into the daily lives of those who were incarcerated here. Alcatraz offers such a unique and weird yet very interesting experience. Plus, the views of the city skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge from the island will take your breath away.
Lunch at Cordon Bleu Vietnamese Restaurant
We’ll let you in a little secret: Cordon Bleu Vietnamese Restaurant. The name sounds very assuming, but it has all the right to do so. The hole-in-the-wall restaurant itself is very unassuming, though. The food is incredible, the portions are big, and the prices are very reasonable. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat great food in SF.
Get croissants at Arsicault
This French Bakery sure lives up to the hype. The line is long at Arsicault, but it moves quickly, and the croissants are out of this world. Get the kouign amann, too!
Sunset bike along the Embarcadero
As the day winds down, rent a bike and go on a scenic ride along the Embarcadero. Pedal along the waterfront, taking in the gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay as the sun sets. Pass by iconic landmarks such as the Ferry Building and the Bay Bridge, enjoying the cool breeze, the vibrant energy of the city.
Enjoy panoramic city views of SF at Top of the Mark
Finish off your second day in San Francisco with a visit to Top of the Mark, a rooftop lounge located at the top of the historic InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail or a glass of fine wine as you admire the glittering city lights below from the 19th floor.
Day 3, September 4
Hike through Muir Woods
Just a short distance from the city, this enchanting forest is home to towering coastal redwoods, some of the oldest and tallest living organisms on Earth. Lose yourself in the tranquility of the towering redwoods and reconnect with nature as you wander through the enchanting forest.
Get mission burritos and watch the free Labor Day “Golden Gate Park Band” Symphony Concert in the Park (2023)
After your hiking adventure, treat yourself to a taste of San Francisco’s famous Mission-style burritos. Head to one of the local taquerias in the Mission District and indulge in a hearty and flavorful meal wrapped in a warm tortilla. Savor the combination of perfectly seasoned meat, beans, rice, and a variety of toppings that make these burritos a local favorite.
For a perfect ending to your Labor Day weekend, in the late afternoon, make your way to Golden Gate Park and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the free Labor Day “Golden Gate Park Band” Symphony Concert, held annually in the park (2023). Join the locals and visitors alike as you relax on the grassy lawns, listen to the enchanting music, and soak up the vibrant energy of the city. As the symphony orchestra fills the air with melodic tunes, take a moment to reflect on your memorable Labor Day weekend in San Francisco and appreciate the beauty of the city that offers so much to its visitors.