TRAVEL INSPIRATION: SAN FRANCISCO
We’re spoiling you this week with two travel features! On Monday Alex took us to Rome, but today we’re heading a little further afield to the creative city of San Francisco. Famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the cable cars, and stage to many a Hollywood blockbuster, you may not know it’s also known for it’s eclectic mix of architecture and buzzing Chinatown. B.LOVED reader Gill stopped off for a few days on an epic trip across the US West Coast earlier this year, so we asked her to share her experiences!
Destination: San Francisco
Travel time: Gill & her husband travelled by road, and 8 hour drive from Las Vegas, but San Francisco is an 11 hour flight direct from London.
Time of year: June
San Francisco has been on our list for a while so when our friends decided to get married in Las Vegas we decided to go on a road trip. San Francisco was the last destination and we drove there from Vegas, via Yosemite National Park. We wanted to experience the creative culture and history of the city first hand and it didn’t disappoint.
WHERE TO STAY We stayed at a great Air BnB place in Potrero Hill, just east of the Mission district.
WHAT TO DO There is something to see everywhere you turn in San Fran. There are beautifully painted murals on garage doors, cars and everything you can think of so take comfy shoes and wander around the city as you never know what you’ll find. The City Lights bookstore, Amoeba Records and the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate park were essential destinations for us.
The 16th Avenue tiled steps were a big highlight of mine. They were decorated as part of a community project and the care and attention that went into every step was really amazing.
Whatever you do, go to Alcatraz. We did a guided audio tour narrated by four ex inmates and four ex guards and it was fascinating and incredibly moving. Afterwards, grab some sourdough bread from Pier 39 and the resident sea lions are a must see! It’s a very touristy area but a visit to Chocolate Heaven makes it worth it.
WHAT TO EAT Mama’s is famously the best breakfast place in San Francisco so we had to try it. The French toast was pretty amazing but we had to wait ages for a table so get there early.
Off The Grid’s Picnic in Presido is a street food market ever Sunday. Street food vendors offer dishes from all over the world and everyone brings a blanket to relax on the grass and enjoy the atmosphere. We ate pulled pork burgers and chocolate covered bacon for dessert!
HOW TO GET AROUND The public transport system is brilliant so we didn’t use the car at all.
WHAT TO PACK Comfortable shoes are a must and pack lots of light layers because the weather can completely change within a few minutes.
ANYTHING ELSE? Book your flights now!!! It’s one of our favourite places and we’d love to go back again.