Welcome to the San Francisco portion of my California travel diary. Spoiler alert!: San Francisco is my favorite city in the entire United States of America. Now I haven’t been to a ton of U.S. cities, but I’m almost certain none can top how beautiful San Francisco is.
I spent about 4 1/2 hours exploring this city on foot. Due to this I can honestly say that every aspect of this place is perfection. The hills are insane. But they provide an awesome workout, and once you reach the top of each you’re met with a SPECTACULAR view. Like seriously, there’s a beautiful view at every turn. Like this one:
And this one:
The first thing we did after arriving in San Francisco was to see the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is something that I’ve always wanted to see. Definitely a bucket list item. We were so lucky with the weather that day. Normally, it’s overcast and rainy. Luckily for us there wasn’t a cloud in sight. It was super sunny, and just the absolute best condition to view the bridge. Other than actually seeing the bridge, my favorite part of Golden Gate Park was the gift shop. I know it’s super cheesy but I’ve started collecting mugs/shot glasses from my bucket list cities/states. So naturally I got one GGB mug for myself, and one California state mug for Brendan.
After that San Francisco was a whirlwind. I researched all the places in the city that I wanted to visit. One of my first stops was to see the super popular Painted Ladies in Alamo Square. Doesn’t sound familiar? Think of the Full House introduction. Yup. Those iconic, super colorful houses. Now I’m going to be super honest here. That was one site that was a bit underwhelming. It was cool, and the houses were really pretty and everything. But in the end that’s all there was. So I would recommend it for a photo op. But not much else. Especially since the park across from it was closed for construction. So I couldn’t even recreate the picnic. But I took a pic of them anyways.
Next stop was Muir Woods. This was an awesome experience. Firstly, you have to actually cross the Golden Gate Bridge to get there. Then you travel along a crazy beautiful steep winding road. The views of San Fran are stunning.
Muir Woods hack: go first thing in the morning. Parking is an actual shit show later on. Plus the trails are less packed which makes it way easier to steal a pic.
I really enjoyed that hike/nature walk. It was super relaxing and the trees were UNBELIEVABLE. By far the biggest trees I’ve ever seen. Ever.
This trail is super easy. It’s absolutely doable for literally anyone. So definitely check Muir Woods out.
One of my favorite places that we visited in San Francisco was the Japanese Tea Garden. You guys, I’m saying this and it was absolutely pouring rain when we were visiting. It’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. The gardens were beautiful, the buildings were amazing. There was this sick bridge that you literally had to get on your hands and knees to climb. And the koi pond was…aggressive. Plus, on a day when it was rainy and cold, they had a little cafe in the middle of it all. Serving warm drinks, food, and sweet pastries.
Now as pretty as those sites are the actual neighborhoods in San Francisco are even better. Every nook and cranny is = aesthetic goals.
I have a crap ton of pictures from my visit. It’s so so pretty. I definitely want to go back and spend more time there. So if you’re going to visit San Francisco you definitely have to visit the sites I talked about here.
Let me know if you’ve ever been to San Fran, and what you favorite spots are!