Things to do in San Francisco
Now I’m not a California native, although sometimes I wish and act like I am. Here are some fun things to do while in the Bay Area
Golden Gate Bridge
It’s a no-brainer, the Golden Gate Bridge IS San Francisco. It stands out like a sore thumb. It’s majestic in all its glory. You can walk, bike, and drive over the bridge. It’s one of the most amazing and mind-blowing things to see.
Also known as “the Rock”. America’s most notorious criminals back in the early 1900s were sentenced to lifetime sentences at the infamous prison. Al Capone just to name one. The jail sits on top of the rock and the middle of the vicious water. Because of where it’s located, it made it almost impossible to escape without being captured or facing death. There is the story of two brothers who nearly escaped the Rock. They made it out of the water using hand crafted boats made out of raincoats. No one knows if they successful made it across the water and back to the Bay. Alcatraz offers day and night tours. Tickets are reasonably priced, but make sure to buy them in advance. They tend to sell out two weeks in advance!
Home to the Redwoods. The tallest trees in the west coast. The park is north of the Golden Gate. Spend time walking or hiking through the woods and stare at Mother Nature’s monstrous creations. Parking can be tricky and selective. So pick a weekday to visit.
For all you shopaholics, union square offers the best shopping in a small radius. From Hermes to Gap you’ll find whatever your heart desires. Since Gap is headquartered here in San Francisco-they have a wider range of styles that aren’t offered in most other stores in the US. So you can walk away with a one-of-a-kind.
Ride the Trolley
Infamous for the trolley cable cars. Go up and down the rolling hills of San Francisco and capture the most picturesque views of the city. Or if you’re really ambitious, climb up the hills and get a good booty work out in. I’ll meet you at the top with a drink in hand 🙂
The famous winding road that starts at the top of one of the steepest hills in the city. Cars can still drive down the sharp turning road. Or again, you can be really ambitious and walk up. I almost passed out half way.
Drive to Wine Country
Napa Valley and Sonoma are only an hour and a half away from the city. Take the day to drive up and visit some of the best vineyards in the country. I’m obsessed with Napa and plan on retiring there, drinking all the wine my grubby little hands can get.