WEST COAST ADVENTURES - SAN FRANCISCO!
Our arrival in San Fransisco kicks off Part 3 of our West Coast Adventures road trip! We spent 3 whole days here, staying in an AirBnB slightly outside of San Francisco in a place called Daly City (mainly due to the cost of staying in San Francisco, and also that it was near impossible to find somewhere to stay that had the option park a car in the city!) It was about a 20 minute journey into San Francisco on the BART costing $3.25 each way, so whilst it wasn't the most ideal location to stay, it was worth it to save some extra pennies.
On our first day in San Fransisco, we decided to get the BART to Powell St and then walk up towards the Embarcadero (the port) exploring the streets and sights as we went.
The streets of San Francisco
We stopped off at the famous City Lights Bookstore, the place "where booklovers from across the country and around the world come to browse, read, and just soak in the ambiance of alternative culture's only "Literary Landmark."" Safe to say Liam felt right at home...
City Lights Bookstore
We carried on walking towards the port and found a spot for lunch at Fisherman's Wharf where Liam tried the local speciality of clam chowder, served up in a ginormous bread roll!
After lunch we walked down the pier where we had booked a Bay Cruise, which sailed past the famous PIER 39 sea lions, around Alcatraz Island and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s breathtaking skyline.
It was really REALLY cold :(
Incredible views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
We headed back that evening via the Financial District and Chinatown, taking in all of the incredible architecture of the city (stopping off on the way for an ice cream cookie sandwich at The Baked Bear). It's fair to say we slept pretty well that evening after walking over 14,000 steps around the city!
I'd like to say our second day in San Francisco was slightly less jam-packed... but when you're in a city like this you would be silly not to try to fit in as much as you can to every moment you have there! We kicked off by heading for iconic Lombard Street, which in itself was extremely busy, super windy and incredibly difficult to photograph, but actually provided some pretty impressive views out over San Francisco.
Views of San Francisco from the bottom of Lombard Street
Me with some pretty flowers on Lombard Street!
We hired bikes for the afternoon and cycled up and over the Golden Gate Bridge... thankfully it was quite a bit warmer than the previous afternoon! It was pretty windy though which made for quite a work out...
Our 'we made it to the bridge' faces
That evening we headed back to Daly City and ventured to the infamous In-N-Out Burger for dinner... can't say it was really my cup of tea but Liam recommends Double-Double Animal Style for any burger lovers out there!
On our final day in San Francisco, we packed ourselves a picnic and headed for a day exploring Haight-Ashbury and the Golden Gate Park. We loved the architecture of San Francisco, and walking through the streets towards Haight-Ashbury we fell in love with the many beautiful different coloured houses.
Haight-Ashbury is known for being the origin of hippie counterculture, and it most certainly did not disappoint. The streets are lined with boutique and independent shops selling some of the most incredibly colourful handmade dreamcatchers, fabrics and clothing.
'People will stare. Make it worth their while.' - Harry Winston
We ventured down to Golden Gate Park where we found a cute spot by a lake for our picnic and spent most of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the never-ending greenery.
For our final act of ultimate tourism in San Fransisco, we squeezed in a quick trip to the Painted Ladies near Alamo Square, which looked very satisfyingly mysterious positioned in front of the foggy San Francisco skyline...
The iconic Painted Ladies
And that rounds off a pretty full-on 3 days in San Francisco! Don't forget some of these print are now available to purchase from my online shop. Coming up soon will be Part 4 of our West Coast Adventures - our day trip to Yosemite, which I think includes some of my favourite photos yet...