On my last few excursions, I’ve managed to just travel with my small backpack. It’s so much more convenient than traveling than with checked bags or even a bigger carry on.
On a trip to San Francisco, my girlfriend I was staying with asked if it would be fine to carry my things with me since we were going straight to dinner. Carrying my shit would suck and therefore decided on packing everything into a backpack.
I brought my leather backpack with me. It’s spacious, yet so comfortable, and it looks great if you’re exploring the city! You won’t look like an absolute tourist with your luggage, which means less chances of being bothered.