Wednesday, September 4

The City by the Bay

Doug and I spent Labor Day weekend in San Francisco, and we had a fabulous time! Doug grew up in the Bay Area, but it was my first time there so we made sure to see all of the typical tourist spots. Prepare yourselves- this post is picture heavy! :)

The view from our room. We stayed at Parc 55 and LOVED it! Such a great location. One huge tip we have in case you're planning a trip to SF- parking fees are insane in the city (our hotel's was almost $60/DAY!) so we parked at a BART station on the other side of the bay and took that into the city. Parking was free, and our tickets totaled to less than $25! 

Chinatown













My favorite part of the trip was seeing Alcatraz. I have a weird fascination with all things scandalous, so this includes anything jail-related. (Anyone else love the show Lockup? :) Our advice for this- take the earliest tour you can! We did the first one, and by the time we were leaving it was already getting so crowded. 
It was cloudy and ominous during our time on Alcatraz, which was very fitting. 













The one thing I didn't get to see was the Golden Gate Bridge...it was hiding in this fog all weekend :(

Next, we headed over to Pier 39. It was so much bigger than I had expected!




And then we walked around Fisherman's Wharf...

...where the Bushman just about scared me to death! (He has been doing this since 1980!)

After he scared me, we watched him scare everyone else. There was also this adorable seal patiently waiting to be fed.


Then, it was time for my beloved Ghirardelli. 




Lombard Street









It was a very short trip, but we managed to see everything except for Chinatown in one day. On our way back home, we took the semi-scenic route on the 101 to see Santa Barbara. 

We found the most adorable restaurant right on the beach. This is the view from our table.










And that was our trip! One last piece of advice- PREPARE YOURSELF if you plan to visit this beautiful city. My calves are still killing me from all of those hills! ;)

14 comments:

Brianna said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the pictures you took from Alcatraz!! The fog makes it look so cool (:
And SB is my favorite!!! I'm fairly close to it so I love going every once and awhile, especially Hendry's beach!!

Sarah Burton said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous pictures! I've always wanted to go to Alcatraz.

Jordan said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like fun! I've always wanted to go to California. Gorgeous pictures!

Lesley Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, so you're getting this comment in letter format because there are SO many things to say!

A- I didn't know (or did know and forgot--bad friend!) that Doug grew up in the Bay Area! That definitely explains his love for the Oakland A's. :)

B- I was surprised by how much I liked Alcatraz too! I initially went just to appease Kyle, but ended up LOVING it.

C- Boo the bridge fog! Basically (and you need to say this in your best Jack from Lost voice) you HAVE to go back! The bridge was seriously my favorite part about San Francisco. Loved it loved it loved it. I highly recommend that you and Doug do the bike tour across it, and like you said, maybe take some spin classes to prepare beforehand! ;)

Your pictures are so beautiful and I'm so glad to hear y'all had a good time!

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