San Francisco, the city by the bay, what’s not to love? This was the first city to steal my heart and for good reason, you can visit a hundred times and STILL not see everything this amazing city has to offer. So where do you start? Well, I’m about to share with you my favorite things in the City by the Bay.
Side note before I get started: your hotel location is key. I’ve stayed in SOMA (south of Market) at the Hotel Whitcomb and I’ve stayed on the Embarcadero at the Hyatt Regency. I preferred the Embarcadero for a couple reasons: it’s a nicer part of town, Its close to a lot of public transportation (BART, bus stops, and the streetcar) plus Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 are within walking distance.
Alcatraz has always been at the top of my list, in fact i’ve been multiple times during the day and I’ve done the night tour. They are always updating and restoring the island, during my night tour I got to see sections of the island that I didn’t get to see during the day. Plus the views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge are breathtaking.
Pier 39 is another stop I have to make. It’s a bit touristy but if you move past the souvenir shops there are some great restaurants. Mango’s Taqueria and Cantina and Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe are just a couple of my go-to restaurants on the pier.
My last trip my friends and I walked the ENTIRE Golden Gate Bridge, down and back! We did however make the mistake of thinking there would be taxis waiting in the parking lot to take us back. We ended up walking all of Crissy Field, past Fort Mason and at that point we were on a roll so we walked all the way down to Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner.
Ghirardelli Square is fun, lots of little shops and restaurants to explore. You can also do a wine tasting at Wattle Creek Winery Tasting Room. This was a fun thing to do, plus there is an awesome cupcake shop next door.
Haight Ashbury is part of the city i’ve always wanted to explore, my last trip I finally got to. There’s so much history in this neighborhood, mainly because of the hippie counterculture of the sixties. It was fun to explore this area and try to envision what it was like at the height of its fame. The Haight is within walking distance to Golden Gate Park. I recommend trying to do both if you’re in the area.
It’s easy to get lost in all of the shopping possibilities in Union Square and I have on a few occasions. It’s also nice to just sit in the square and people watch or have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and enjoy the amazing views.
There you have it! The places I have to visit while i’m in San Francisco. Have you been? What would you recommend for my next trip?