Quarantine Day…I’ve honestly lost track, but I can never lose track on how many memories I’ve made so far this year! My most recent travels took me to the iconic city of San Francisco, which is about 47 square miles of hills and coastlines with a hippy quirky energy that is so unique to San Francisco. I got the chance to explore the city with my adventure guy Adam for 4 days!
What a blast we had! From sightseeing, and going inside of Alcatraz, it was a weekend trip for the books! So pack your windbreakers and warm layers because you are guaranteed a visit from some rain, cold weather or both as read about my top places to visit in San Francisco!
Touring Alcatraz Prison
It is such an iconic piece of history! It is an island in the San Francisco Bay, which was once a military and federal prison. It has since been converted to a national historical landmark that anyone is able to tour! With the purchase of your ticket, it will include the ferry ride to and from Alcatraz, enjoy an orientation video with historical footage, self-guided walks, and so much more! The best part in my opinion is the award winning audio tour in the prison cell house with actual interviews from former guards and inmates. One piece of advice would be to definitely buy the tickets online a few weeks in advance so you can be sure to get a spot!
Walk or Drive Down Lombard Street
Known as the most crooked street in the world! Lombard Street in San Francisco California is famous for a steep, one block section with eight hairpin turns stretching from the Presido east to the Embarcadero. Lombard Street was a close walk from our hotel but it was definitely our cardio for the day! Getting there as all-uphill, but once you get to the top the views from the city are a whole mood!
Stop By The Painted Ladies
*Cue the intro song to the show we all know and love Full House* This is definitely one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco! It is located in front of the park Alamo Square at Hayes and Steiner Streets. You will see the escalating formation of Victorian Houses with a backdrop of downtown skyscrapers, providing such a great contrast! The grassy park itself is perfect for picnics and of course getting the perfect picture for the gram!
Ride A Cable Car
Riding the iconic San Francisco Cable Car will be one of the most memorable rides you will ever take. Built in the year 1873, San Francisco’s cable car is the world last manually operated car system. One ride on the cable car is $8 every time you get on. They have three different available options for you to pay, those being cash, paper tickets, or using the Mani Mobile App (most recommended & free to download). They have different routes to choose from depending on where you would like to go!
Visit The Muir Woods
A short bus or ferry ride outside of San Francisco is the US National Park known for its massive Redwood Trees that are thousands of years old. I did not know about this place until Adam told me about it. The nature girl inside of me was so happy that he told me about this park! There are multiple hiking trails for all ages to choose from. From seeing multiple little waterfalls, fallen redwood trees to so much beautiful greenery, I was in heaven. Go ahead and connect with nature in the most peaceful woods of northern California.
Enjoy Baker Beach
Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco, California. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. This beach has one of the most beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. It has such a fun family atmosphere. Bring your dog, read a book, have a photoshoot, play Frisbee, or just cozy up to watch the sunset and relax!
Walk The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is what San Francisco is pretty much known for, it was also voted #1 for the best thing to go and see in San Francisco! Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in person really astounds you. The total length is 1.7 miles and was built from 1933-1937 making it the tallest bridge in the United States. Walking across the bridge is free, and it was an awesome way to see the towers up close, see the views of the city, Alcatraz, and the Bay!
Located on the Northern waterfront is one of the city’s busiest tourist areas. With a colony of sea lions to see, postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Souvenir shops and different food shops to try, there is a little bit for everyone.
Boudin Bakery Cafe
You must go to Boudin Bakery Café! They have been famous for their sourdough since 1849. From their Sourdough bread to pastries, sandwiches and soup bread bowls, there is no wrong choice here. Everything is delightful!
San Tung Chinese Restaurant
Oh my gosh, the chicken wings that they have are cited as San Francisco’s Best! They are battered, fried, and tossed in a signature sweet & spicy glaze. Everything on the menu is to die for! Don’t ignore the rest of the menu which features comforting Chinese dishes like sautéed garlic string beans, house combination fried rice, even their broccoli beef!
Mels-Drive-In was founded in 1947 by Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs. Mel keeps the spirit of the classic America diner and home-style cooking alive and well. It was around 8pm when we got there and we were both in the mood for breakfast! The food came out fresh and hit the spot perfectly! But those buttermilk pancakes… WOW!
Even though quarantine has us locked inside our houses, start planning your next getaway! Get out of your comfort zone and explore the different cities the U.S has to offer! Stay Safe out there everyone!