For anyone looking for a non-verbose or thick travel guide, the Lonely Planet “Make My Dag” travel booklets are the way to go.
A thin booklet, the “Make My Day” booklets allow one to flip between three sections: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
So, if in San Francisco, if you don’t want to go to Fisherman’s wharf, flip the Morning section to decide between Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square Park, Lombard Street, Exploratorium and many more.
For the afternoon, want to go to Union Square, Haight Street, Mission Dolores or other locations?
Or in the evening, do you want to visit Alcatraz, Toronado, Kabuki Springs & Spa or flip until you find what location you are looking for.
If anything, this is for the non-planners or those who are on business and want to give the roll of a dice of where to go, in this case, let the guide pick and choose where you want to go and most of the locations featured are usually the more popular tourist attractions in the city.
It’s a simple booklet with information of variety of areas people can visit.
Personally, I still recommend bringing your cell phone, tablet, enabling GPS/WiFi and renting or having a MiFi device with you. Because San Francisco has so many restaurants and areas that will interest you that are not in the book. But also, getting the information that you need on bus times or getting an idea via googlemaps of how long the destination is if you walk, take a vehicle, etc.
But overall, this booklet makes things easy for those who want to pick and choose which areas to visit during the morning, afternoon and evening. These are safe and easy tourist choices and for those not wanting to carry a thick travel booklet, this one is slim and easy to put in your bag or backpack.
“Lonely Planet Make My Day San Francisco” is recommended!