I have so much to share from this trip that I can’t fit it all in one post so I am going to break it up. Today I wanted to share some highlights and then over the next few weeks I will share some more detailed posts as well.
There are so many great spots in the area to get beautiful views of the ocean, bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
-Lands EndLands End was our first stop after landing and it was a great way to kick of the trip. This area offers beautiful views of the ocean and golden gate bridge and has wonderful trails to explore. It was so refreshing after sitting on planes for 5 hours.
-Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf
This area offers a view of the bridge and the bay from a different perspective. It was fun to walk along the piers and take it all in.
-MarinIf you cross the bridge leaving San Francisco this will take you to the Marin side offering yet another beautiful spot to admire the bridge, bay and ocean. (Excuse the lovely hair and bandana… we had just hiked 6.5 miles)
San Francisco is in a great location for day trips too if you feel like exploring a bit more of the surrounding areas. With Berkeley and Oakland only a short bridge drive away and Napa and Sonoma Counties within an hours drive there are several options.
-MarinWe spent the majority of our last day across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. We explored Mt. Tamalpais (above), Marin Headlands and Point Bonita.
-NapaWith Napa only an hour away we couldn’t resist taking a day trip. We had such a great time when we were there 2 years ago so we were anxious to go back and visit old favorites and try a few new places as well.
To be honest we base the majority of our trip around great food. We love trying new places so when traveling we always have a list of restaurants that we are anxious to get to.
-NopalitoNopalito was out first meal in San Francisco and it did not disappoint. Truly some of the best food I’ve ever had. I am still craving these dishes!
-CoiCoi was by far our most adventurous and interesting meal. They offer a tasting menu featuring some wonderful dishes. I always love meals like this one because it forces me out of my comfort zone.
-SpruceWe booked Spruce for dinner last minute after a long and tiring day of hiking. It was our last night in the city and we wanted something special. It was one of the restaurants that we had first looked into and new it sounded too good to pass up. Definitely worth going! We loved every single dish!
-Ferry BuildingDefinitely a popular tourist spot, but a fun stop none the less. When we stopped by it was surprisingly empty with all of the shops still open. It was fun to look around. Had we planned ahead I would have loved to pick up a few things in the charming markets for a picnic later on.
-Golden Gate ParkGolden Gate Park is filled with plenty of beautiful sites to explore including botanical gardens, museums and the Conservatory of Flowers. We grabbed coffee and pastries and took them to the park one morning before exploring the Botanical Garden.
This trip kept us busy as we never ran out of things to do. There is something for everyone in San Francisco. Whether you are looking for great food, beautiful hikes, breathtaking views, or a fun city vibe you can find it here!
We had such a wonderful time. I can’t wait to share more details over the next few weeks!