It has been a while since I have visited San Francisco and I would like to share my memories from this trip.
San Francisco has been always on my top list to visit. I couldn’t wait to see the Golden Gate Bridge in a real.
I saw the bridge in movies many times – people who were walking around, watching the sunset and I have imagined how would it be to go there.
Every city in the world has his own spirit and I wanted to experience my own feeling of San Francisco.
Let’s have a look and explore the most beautiful spots there!
Before I went to San Francisco I travelled to Los Angeles and Las Vegas (the post about these places are coming soon).
I have spent only 2 days there, so I wanted to maximize my stay to see the best parts.
Where did I stay?
Airbnb – the place I chose was on the top of the hill near Forest Knolls and I could slightly see the Golden Gate Bridge in far distance.
The accommodation was comfortable and welcoming. There was a lady with 2 dogs which made me feel more like being home rather than being in a hotel. I kind of enjoy staying in places where people own pets. 🙂
As I was very excited to see the Golden Gate Bridge, I decided to make a trio to this stunning bridge on my first day.
The weather in San Francisco is usually cloudy and it can be hard to see the full bridge without hiding it behind clouds.
From my Airbnb place it was a bit of walk, so my first stop was the Botanical Garden. The garden is massive and so peaceful.
Then I had some poke bowl for a lunch nearby and then I my way continued to Presidio which is located near Golden Gate Bridge.
The bridge is really enormous! The weather forecast for my days was both days pretty much same, it was a bit foggy so the bridge sometimes appeared and other times disappeared in the clouds.
The surrounding has a kiosk style Cafes if you want to have a snack. However, all kiosks close around 6 pm.
It is not a place to spend your evening.
The Golden Gate bridge has no lights at night! If you have ever seen some night shots of the bridge with lights which looked like the Golden Gate Bridge, it was probably the other bridge which is a bit of walk from there! Better to catch a bus.
Take a bus to a historical district called Fisherman Wharf which is a place surrounded by restaurants, shops and I would say that this is the place where can you spend your evening.
Have some soup in bread!
It is a traditional food of San Francisco. The bread is massive and you probably won’t be able to finish this meal. :o)
What else to see in the Fisherman Wharf?
Pier 39 – famous place with sea lions and markets.
Have some fun at night! Walking around the Pier has a nice night atmosphere – food and entertainment.
Next day I decided to walk to the other side of the bridge.
However, because the bridge is very long (it takes around an hour to walk from one side to another and it can be very windy), I changed my mind and took a ferry to get there and explore the other side of San Francisco.
Before that I checked out the Painted Ladies which is a picturesque spot where can you take beautiful photos.
Another popular place is Alcatraz but this time I skipped it and spend my short stay differently as I am not that big fan of prison environment.
I was running almost late for my ferry what I have planned to catch in a certain time. There are a few different terminals.
I had no time and I haven’t check it properly and just jumped in a ferry which went in a time I supposed to leave (the next ferry nearby was scheduled in an hour).
I was happy that I don’t need to wait but then I noticed that the ferry goes somewhere else! Ouch!
I have asked people on a ferry, and they told me “No, this ferry doesn’t go to Golden Gate Bridge but to Sausalito.” Oh no!
“Ok, so if am already there why not to explore the surrounding.” I told myself. There were nice restaurants and shops and also more locals rather than tourists and beautiful sunflowers around.
Then I simply took an Uber to get near the bridge. I stopped in a lovely restaurant ,and had some nicely decorated burgers with a fresh drink.
A perfect stop for a lunch!
To get back I took another Uber and let him stop closer to the bridge to take photos and then went back so finally I experienced both parts of the bridge.:-)
Sometimes our way direct us somewhere else what we didn’t expected but why not, no need to be angry of that, it was a nice adventure.
My feelings from San Francisco
My overall feeling from San Francisco is a bit different that I thought it would be. Sometimes we might think how the other country is like until we actually go there and experience it on our own.
People always saying their opinion, their feelings and perception, but we are all different and notice different details. One person can say that one country is absolutely amazing but the other might not like it.
For my very short stay I can say that it reminded me some parts of Europe and memories from my childhood – when I was walking in a park and see the squirrels and the trees. On the other side I imagined it more modern with more options for night life. Apart from Fisherman Wharf I couldn’t find a nice place to spend evening out.
People in San Francisco are quite friendly, they can start chatting with you in a park. it is common. However, I felt they don’t smile that much in compare to Australia or some warm country.
The weather can be mostly cooler even in summer time so it might influence the mood. I was there in August and I had to wear a jacket and hoodie in the evening.
The city by itself has an old style spirit. In the city center there are lot of old buildings, some parts are not that pleasant to walk especially in the evening. Mornings seems chilled but tempting for a morning run.
How to get to San Francisco?
Obviously catch a plane – I am getting many flight deals from Australia to San Francisco so if you subscribe you might get a good deal.
If you are already in USA and travel to or from Los Angeles then try the coastal train Amtrak Coast Starlight train!
I took the train on my way to Los Angeles, it is going through nature, not only along the coast what I though but the last part is the most beautiful when you are heading to Los Angeles. You will see the ocean, Palm beach, and it is incredible spectacular.
However, the train is very average, don’t expect luxury and the food as well very basic. What did I really enjoyed was the view of Malibu and surrounding– lets check these photos!