6 iPhone Apps to Explore San Francisco
The beautiful city of San Francisco sits on a wide open bay by the same name, packing a diverse and very unique variety of neighborhoods into a relatively small regional area in its position only a bridge away from the much larger city of Oakland. From its native seals and unique climate to its vibrant arts scene and memorable architecture, a visit to San Francisco requires clever planning and excellent execution if you hope to take in all of what the city has to offer.
If getting to know the city better is your goal, whether as a resident or a visitor, here are six iPhone apps to help you to explore San Francisco:
San Francisco is a big city and, unless you plan to hire a private car and driver or take taxis throughout your visit, getting to know the local transit system is a must! The MuniApp for iPhone gives complete schedules for San Francisco’s entire bus and train network, including route maps and common destinations for good measure.
If getting around the city on public transit is a necessity, then MuniApp is a must.
2. SF Park
If you plan to have a car while you’re in the city then you should switch MuniApp for SF Park, a fantastic app that allows you to get alerts about available parking spots in real time. Using the innovative sensors installed in parkades and parking meters around the city, the SF Park app takes note when a spot is vacated and alerts its users instantly, making finding a place to park your car much easier, even in busy downtown San Francisco.
While the Not For Tourists San Francisco app does come with a $4.99 price tag, its unique look at the city and its tourist draws may very well make it a worthwhile purchase for you. Focusing on hip local spots that lie outside of the general tourist experience in San Francisco, the NFT app offers up bars, clubs and other watering holes with a hipster edge, spicing up your typical stay in the Bay Area with a single touch!
It may not be San Francisco specific but there is no better way to locate local businesses while strolling the streets than the Yelp app. Giving you instant notifications of nearby hotspots while you move about, Yelp is an unbeatable way to take extra note of the pubs, restaurants, stores and events that surround you no matter where in San Francisco you happen to be.
The must-mention thing here is certainly the CityPass here that offers pre-paid discount admission to five major attractions – see the San Francisco Pass review for more details.
Also not San Francisco specific, the Lonely Planet Travel Guide app just so happens to include its San Francisco package for free, making this a worthwhile free download for your iPhone before any stay in the city! With the detailed regional overviews and tourism tips that have come to be expected from Lonely Planet, this guide is easily the most thorough available for San Francisco, giving a full look at the city, its history and its offerings.
While reading the newspaper for endless rants about local politics and goings-on may not be your top priority while roaming in San Francisco, utilizing the iPhone app of the city’s Examiner newspaper will give you instant, professional access to local news, sports and entertainment alongside classifieds and event listings, helping you to find fun and exciting things to do during your stay.
Annie’s favorite US city is surely San Francisco – that’s why she loves wring about the city so much!