After our California trip, San Francisco has quickly risen to the top of the list of the places I would most like to live. What I appreciated most was that everything was beautiful (the architecture, landscaping, parks on every corner) while also being functional, eco-friendly, and just plain smart. The public transportation was so easy to use, particularly with this Muni app that saved our tails about 5 times a day. Honestly I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s a shame I don’t have the millions to live there quite yet. One day maybe. I did some pretty significant planning for this portion of the trip and was happy with almost everything that we did so I wanted to give you guys some tips for your future trips.
First things first, download that app so you can get around easily.
The Mayflower Hotel – Such a lovely little hotel in a great location. I honestly still can’t believe how cheap this place was.
Do (in no particular order):
The Alcatraz Night Tour – I think this was Corey’s favorite thing. It was such a neat experience to just be at Alcatraz and watch the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge. The cherry on top was the fantastically executed audio tour narrated by past guards and prisoners.
Stroll through Castro and Dolores Park, grabbing a delicious Hot Cookie on the way.
Get up early to go see the sea lions at Pier 39, but don’t worry about the rest of Fisherman’s Wharf. A little too touristy for my taste. If you have time, drive down Lombard Street or at least walk by to see how crazy it looks.
Walk down to the dog park near the Golden Gate Bridge for an instant pick me up. There’s nothing like watching dogs play in the ocean.
SPQR – A fancy italian restaurant. Be sure the make reservations way ahead of time.
Zuni Cafe – Just get the chicken – you’ll thank me. Ditto on the reservations.
Tony’s Pizza – They don’t take reservations and your wait will probably be long but the margherita pizza is to die for.