How to Spend a Layover at SFO

How to Spend a Layover at SFO

With the holidays around the corner, travel plans are in order. And while you can't wait to be lying on a beach in the tropics, nothing brings down the excitement like a long layover. For those who are taking a few hours in between flights at San Francisco International Airport, however, vacay doesn't have to wait. Here are some ways to get the party started during your next layover in San Francisco.

Shop for that last minute present: Didn't get to everyone on your Christmas checklist? SFO is well-equipped with 85 stores, selling everything from souvenirs, to electronics, to brand name clothing. Take some time to find that perfect sparkling necklace for someone special or a new good luck jersey for the 49ers fan in your family. 

Dine in: Chow down like a San Franciscan at one of SFO's locally-sourced food options. On a chilly winter day, clam chowder in Boudin's famous sourdough bread bowl can warm your soul. Or grab a sweet baked good from Napa Farms Bar & Cafe. Whatever your tastebuds are craving, rest assured you'll find it at SFO.

Study aviation: Fun fact — SFO is the first airport to have its very own museum. Check out the Aviation Museum and Library between 10 AM and 4:30 PM. Learn a thing or two about the evolution of commercial airlines in SFO's 1930s passenger lobby. And did we mention admission is free? If your layover isn't during museum hours, don't fret. You can also find exhibits throughout each terminal.

Relax: You're on vacation, after all. Besides the four XpresSpa locations where you can indulge in massages and manicures, SFO is also home to two Yoga Rooms for all passengers, open 24 hours a day. Find your zen, relax, and start your vacay before take off.

Discover the neighborhood: Got a few extra hours on your hands? Get out, stretch your legs, and explore. SFO is conveniently located just south of San Francisco — a short Lyft ride away. Simply request and ride to see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, or explore neighborhoods like The Mission. Wherever your adventure might take you, let Lyft be your guide.


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