What to do in San Francisco – Travel Trip
San Francisco! So I have to say, all the while we were preparing for our trip I continued to sing the San Francisco song by Scott McKenzie. Yes cheesy but I couldn’t help it. We were so excited! This year we decided that from now on as long as we had the opportunity we would be gifting ourselves travel trips as our birthday presents. We figured these are gifts that last so much longer because we get to experience new places together and create new memories!
Now that our trip came and went, we have been bit by the travel bug and can’t wait to pick out a next stop. But before we can start planning we need to swoon over San Francisco just a little longer.
We booked through expedia and stayed in South San Francisco in order to save some money on the hotel. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn and rented a car to drive into the city. Our take on it? It worked for us. Sure renting a car is an extra expense but we figured we were still saving on rooming expenses. And as the days went by and we got to know all the highways and streets, we kind of felt like we really lived there.
So what did we do? Well we visited The Golden Gate bridge on several occasions, we checked out Alcatraz, drove up and down the hills of the city, saw the Painted Ladies, had delicious breakfast and coffee and were ooohhed and awwed by the mountains. It was so amazing to see the beauty in nature and God’s hand in it all, definitely breathtaking!
Check out some of our pictures below :).
Baker Beach provided such a neat view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the mountains, and the beach itself. We very much enjoyed this special viewing spot and since it was the end of March and pretty chilly we practically had it all to ourselves. There is also a nice green area with beautiful trees and some picnic tables.
A beautiful view on the way to the island and the history of the prison is quite the experience. We recommend listening to the audio tours and learning more about life in the prison and on the island.
Frankie’s Pier 43
We stopped by Frankie’s Pier 43 for an afternoon snack in this case some delicious beignets and had a great view of the wharf.
South San Francisco
Since we stay in South San Francisco we just had to get a picture of these houses on top of the mountain. A pretty amazing sight!
So we probably waited for an hour in a line outside, thankfully shielded from the rain. And at moments we wondered if we really should be waiting so long or go somewhere else. But wow, it was actually the best brunch we had in San Francisco. The lemon ricotta pancakes were amazing, as were the almond flour pancakes. It was a cute, small location and our seats were viewing the kitchen. So we could see all our food as it was being prepared. Just a really great food spot and worth the wait.
Growing up on Full House episodes, there is no way I could not stop by the Painted Ladies. Unfortunately the Alamo Square Park was under construction so we weren’t able to sit on the grass and enjoy the view as we planned. Actually it was a day of rain, but none of that mattered. It was still so cool to be able to see those homes up close. It brought back so many memories.
A very cute hipster coffee shop just a few blocks from the Painted Ladies. After checking out the houses we stopped by for a delicious cup of coffee.
A walk from the top of the hill to the bottom through Lombard Street was a neat experience. But beware, it feels like a bit of a workout, but it is a definite tourist stop!
Such a cute little shop that has its own Greenhouse in the back of the store. The store had some great clothing, home decor items and accessories. Would’ve brought everything back home if we could’ve. It is definitely a cute store worth checking out if you are in the area and have some time.
Somewhere fairly close to the general store to stop for some creative lattes was the Home Cafe. Jorge got the cookie monster latte, while I got the birthday latte. These drinks were both beautiful and delicious. Very sweet spot!