The California Travel Diaries: San Francisco, Day 3

Hey guys! I hope you are all well and have a nice drink to hand to catch up with me on the last day of my visit to San Fran. I visited California over 5 weeks in the summer with my boyfriend beginning in mid June 2018 and we spent three days in San Francisco. If you missed what I got up to you can read all about how we planned our first stop in California, Day 1 and Day 2 here. There is a lot to see in the city and I didn’t get to do everything I hoped to but it definitely met and exceeded my standards of what I hoped it to be! Read on for my day 3 travel diary in San Francisco…

Day 3

On our 3rd and final day we caught an Uber to the Ferry building. We had a brilliant Uber driver who had previously lived there for 20 years, moved back to where he was brought up and had just moved back to the city he fell in love with. I really recommend speaking to locals or people who live in the city. You get to see so much more that you wouldn’t have otherwise! At the Ferry Building there is a wonderful food market along with, as the name suggests, many ferries travelling around California! As this was our last day in SF we had to be selective on where we wanted to go. Although we didn’t catch any ferries (the Grey’s Anatomy fan in me wanted to for Derek Shepherd’s sake!) we got another uber more central into the city where we headed to Union Square. This area really reminded me of London and once again showed just how diverse the city is. If you fancy some shopping you have your upmarket stores, complete with a Bloomingdales and Macy’s as well as your standard high street shops. It would be very easy to spend a few hours in this area alone and if I was in San Francisco for longer I would have definitely spent more time there.

We arrived around brunch time where there was also a Football World Cup game we wanted to watch, so we decided to try the Daily Grill. It is quite a nice bar that has a little bit of fancy to it; a great spot for a bit of brunch! I had a delicious chicken wrap filled with vegetables, quinoa with some aioli, teamed with a pink lemonade to wash it all down. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious, it was just what I needed after working up an appetite that morning! If you’re wondering if the hype is true that San Francisco has good food I can honestly tell you that I wasn’t disappointed by any of our meals here.

After the game finished, we caught the Muni bus to travel to the famous Painted Ladies on Steiner Street! Not only is this street home to these colourful Victorian houses, but Full House and Mrs Doubtfire were all based on this street. This is a sure treat for any movie buff.

The Painted Ladies

It was soon time for us to go pick up our rental car so we headed to Alamo Square Café to enjoy a chai latte whilst we ordered another uber to the rental company site. Once we picked up our car we drove to another one of our “must sees”… Twin Peakes! Here you have a stunning view of the city but as the name suggests, it is windy so bring layers or a hoodie!

Me at Twin Peakes

Our next stop was to do a tour of Wine Country meaning that we would be finally driving over the Golden Gate Bridge. P.S. There is a toll you have to pay to drive across the bridge so be aware of that as there are no longer physical toll booths. Earlier that day, one of our Uber driver’s recommended us to go to Muir Woods to see the redwood trees as this would be on our way to Napa Valley. Unfortunately as we drove up the long, winding, narrow and steep roads we found that you must book parking in advance! There was a warning sign about half way up stating this, but we drove to the top as there was no other way to go and we kinda hoped that we could wing our way in. Wing we could not! You also lose GPS signal up there but it’s somewhere I will definitely make a day trip out of on my (one day) future visit to San Francisco.

Final Thoughts

I loved that San Francisco has equal beach and city life combined with a bit of hiking for good measure. I think when you visit any new place you have expectations which you hope can always be met. Luckily our visit here wasn’t overwhelming and even more importantly it wasn’t underwhelming either. I feel I only scratched the surface with San Francisco and would definitely return to explore the city one day and also head over to Alcatraz! The cool temperature makes it perfect to explore, especially if like us you decide to do a lot of walking and tackle the hills of SF (we averaged around 16,000 steps a day with walking 30,000 on day 2!) If someone wants to offer me and my boyfriend an apartment in San Francisco I will pack my bags in a heartbeat. Plus I still need to ride one of their famous cable cars!

Summary of the places visited and mentioned:

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Lands End
  • Eagle Trail
  • Camera Obsucra
  • Seals Rock
  • Ocean Beach Fire Pits
  • Outer Richmond Area
  • Tommy’s Mexican
  • Simple Pleasures Café
  • Sea Cliff
  • Baker Beach
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Presidio
  • Crissy Fields
  • Walt Disney Family Museum
  • Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
  • Ghiradelli Square
  • SF Brewing Company
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39
  • The Pub
  • Museé Mechanique
  • In-N-Out
  • Ferry Building
  • Union Square
  • The Daily Grill
  • The Painted Ladies
  • Alamo Square Café
  • Twin Peakes
  • Muir Woods

I hope you enjoyed my posts on San Francisco and that it’s now on your bucket list! If you have visited SF let me know in the comments below any places that you checked out!

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