San Francisco had long been a city on my hit list of places to getaway and visit in the USA. I had heard so many great things about this hip, trendy and oh-so in vogue place that I felt I owed it to my new life in California to finally take a road trip up there and see the great wonders on offer for myself. I decided what better time for Rodrigo and I to dive into a road trip than when my mother was visiting us for a couple of weeks in August 2016. We took the freeway up to the pacific paradise of Santa Barbara where we had a yummy brunch and drove through the adorable Danish Village town of Solvang to grab a sneaky little ice cream. Mama and I were completely taken by it all (it wasn’t Rod’s first time doing this trip so he was more chill) – such beauty everywhere in both the towns and the drive. We spent the night in Salinas because we were pretty spent and finally arrived at our apartment in the Mission Bay, San Francisco area, the next morning.
There is no shortage of things to do in San Francisco (and you can do them on a tight budget if you do the sightseeing right!) but the nice thing is that all the city’s main points of interest are pretty close together that getting from A to B and seeing things is not as much of a challenge as LA, for example, where everything is so spread out. We saw the main things the city had on offer in 4 days.
Day 1: We hit up Chinatown where we ate lunch, Union Square for a little shopping (for mama of course!), and then Crissy Field (which is actually a beach and dog park) where you get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Day 2: We grabbed the car and drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and up to the lookout points where we spent a good portion of the morning and ended up at the Palace of Fine Arts at the magic hour of sunset (I recommend!).
Rod & I at a Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Point
Day 3: We woke up late, walked about 5 miles along the streets, making sure to hit up the farmers market at the Ferry Building and soaked in some touristy vibes at the Fisherman’s Wharf.
Farmers Market at Ferry Building
Day 4: We did all the last wish list things we had left like riding the famous cable car along the Powell-Mason line which starts at the shopping district at Powell/Market street turntable and runs through the swanky area of Nob Hill and down to Bay Street at Fisherman’s Wharf.
And, can I just say: the food. Oh my my my. My taste buds were in a heavenly state every time we ate out. I noticed that in San Francisco it’s a big thing to source food and ingredients as naturally as possible and as locally as possible, that was pretty cool. My favorite eating spot was the Ferry Building Marketplace (originally built in 1898!) which sits right on the bay. The food selection there was just awesome and there’s something for every occasion – fresh to-go sandwiches from ACME Bread Company, grab an all American juicy burger from American Eatery or else dine in bar-style on some pizzas, fish or mezze dishes at Boulibar. No matter what you find here at the Ferry Building, be it baked goods, souvenirs, coffee shops or restaurants, you’ll be delighted!
Oh, also, it turns out that in San Francisco I was already 4 weeks pregnant with our little girl and didn’t know it! That whole trip turned out to be really special for us all. Super cool, can’t wait to go back!