It has been years since my last trip to San Francisco, so one could say that this visit was long overdue. My friend Diana and I booked our roundtrip flights way back in December, so when the day finally arrived, we were pretty excited to re-explore the City by the Bay.
We landed at SFO on a Tuesday afternoon with our bulky travel backpacks, an AirBnB reservation, and several days for city ‘sploring. To get us started, we purchased the Muni Passport. Designed for visitors to SF, the passport gets you unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro, streetcars and cablecars for 1, 3, or 7 consecutive days. I highly recommend this pass, even if the idea of getting around via public transport is daunting to you. Unfortunately though, the passport does not include the BART, which is the only transport (aside from taxis, Ubers, and rental cars) out of SFO.
After checking in to our AirBnB, we decided to venture downtown for dinner. We ended up at the top of Macy’s at the Cheesecake Factory. Not our best decision, but when you haven’t eaten all day and aren’t exactly in a 24-hour town, a restaurant chain is your best bet. We did a better job researching the following days.
According to our weather apps, our first full day was also going to be the sunniest day of our trip. With this in mind, we decided to do Twin Peaks, Alamo Square, and the Golden Gate Bridge. One thing we quickly learned, however, was that sun and warmth aren’t synonymous in NorCal. Now I love crisp Autumn-like weather, which SF gave me 100%! I think I just really underestimated the wind chill because it was way more than “a bit nippy.”
Our second day was more of a “foodie” day, which I’ll dedicate another post to. But feeling a lot more comfortable with Muni, we saved many steps and racked up those bus miles. We began our day at Mr. Holmes Bakeshop in Nob Hill, found our way back to Union Square, took the Powell-Hyde cable car to Lombard Street, made it out to Ocean Beach, followed by the mosaic steps on 16th Avenue, then finally back to the Financial District. That’s pretty impressive for two girls who couldn’t even find some bus stops just the day before.
Our final day in SF, which just so happened to be game day! We started off in the Castro district after enjoying breakfast near Dolores Park. We spent a lot of time walking around the neighborhoods around this area before heading back to our AirBnB to freshen up before the ballgame. We were also determined to cram in what we considered must-sees this day, which included some Princess Diaries’ film locations.
To end our time in San Francisco, we went to watch the SF Giants play the Chicago Cubs. The Giants were my first MLB game all those years ago, so it was only right that Diana’s be the Giants too. Sadly, the one game they lost to the Cubs in that series was the game we attended, but it was still fun to be there with my bestie. We had many laughs once the pesky seagulls started arriving for the clean-up shift following the game.
The City by the Bay
The perfect farewell was seeing the famous sea lions of Pier 39 before jumping on our ferry to Vallejo. Once we got to our second AirBnB, we took the longest nap. San Francisco was tiring and a lot of fun, evidently.