I'll be honest, before I moved to San Francisco two years ago, I wasn't the biggest fan of the city. Little did I know how much more there was to it than Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Once I quickly realized that the locals don't even set foot near those two tourist hot spots, I explored everything else the city has to offer, and damn did I fall in love with this place.
First things first, if you don't want a glaring sign over your forehead that says "tourist," avoid referring to SF as "Frisco" or "San Fran." Nobody calls it that. Second, there are too many amazing sites and places to see to waste your time at those two places. But if you must, please don't spend too long eating clam chowder on the pier and shopping at the same stores you can probably find at home. Even though San Francisco is only about seven miles by seven miles, it's dense with incredible food, eclectic people, and vibrant neighborhoods — you won't want to miss any of it.
Now, let's get to the good stuff, shall we?