10 Things I want to do in San Francisco

10 things I want to do in San Francisco

One of my favourite things about an adventure is the planning part. I love falling into hours of research, photos, blog posts, videos, and reviews; it’s kind of my thing. (Maybe I should become a travel agent…)

I have four full days in San Francisco, and I’m taking a day trip to Yosemite on one of those days, which gives me just three days to cram as much San Francisco in as possible.

 

 

“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” #goldengatebridge #sanfrancisco #sunset

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See the Golden Gate Bridge & watch the sun set

Let’s get the obvious one out the way here; when you think of San Francisco, you think of the Golden Gate Bridge in it’s imposing red glory. I’ve seen some absolutely stunning shots of the bridge around sunset and I’m desperate to come home with my own photo like the one above. I MUST DO IT!

 

See the sea lions at Pier 39

There’s a joke in my family that my Nan’s Labrador, Bert, looks a bit like a Sea Lion; it’s the shape of his snout and his whiskers; it’s very silly. I was scrolling through Pinterest one day when I saw that SF’s Pier 39 is home to over 1,000 sea lions. There’s not a chance I can go to San Francisco and not visit Bert’s Californian cousins. I’ve also told him that I’m going to bring him back a stuffed seal (as in a toy, not a taxidermy seal) to play with and he will never talk to me again if I’m not true to my word. (San Franciscans; tell me I can buy stuffed seals…please?)

 

 

Feel it… 🌲 #sanfrancisco #westillwalking #feelings #nonstop #llocsunics #muirwoods #sequoias #seguim #willyfog #amics

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Stand amongst the red woods

A few years ago, a friend gave me a tour of his university campus and amongst their mini-forest was a handful of redwoods. I remember him telling me that some of the largest can be seen in SF, and I’ve wanted to see them for myself ever since. 

I just love the idea of spending a few hours surrounded by trees that are hundreds of years old and that absolutely dwarf me.

 

 

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Japanese tea garden

This is going to sound really sad, but one of my favourite parts about going to Alton Towers is wandering through the valley down to the Japanese part of the garden. I know, I know, I’m supposed to tell you my favourite part is riding rollercoasters, but nope, I like pagodas.

I actually found out about San Francisco’s Japanese tea garden while reading Lola and the Boy Next Door (thanks again Stephanie Perkins, my literary tour guide!), rather than TripAdvisor which is where normal people decide where to go, and I’ve wanted to go since reading about it.

 

 

what ever happened to predictability?

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The Painted Ladies

Nope, I’ve never watched Full House but I really want to see these houses. I’m not hyping them up in my head because they’re just houses at the end of the day, but they’re so beautiful that I just want to see them in person.

 

 

Cable Car Time 🙌🏼 #sanfranciscocablecar 🇺🇸

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Ride a cable car

I tend to avoid public transport when I’m away, I prefer to explore (and get lost) on foot, but I’ve seen how steep some of the hills are in SF and you just can’t visit SF and not ride a cable car.

 

Haight-Ashbury

This is where the hippie movement started in the 60s, and with such beautiful buildings, street art and record shops, it has everything I want in a place to go. The hardest part about this trip might well be stopping myself buying records because they’re just not going to survive two flights.

 

Eat pancakes for breakfast

This might seem like the daftest thing on the list, but I really want to eat proper American style pancakes for breakfast. It’s not that you can’t get them in England, it’s just that I want to eat proper American pancakes for breakfast, and there are few things more enjoyable than going out for breakfast, right?

 

 

#hardrockcafe #hardrockcafesanfrancisco #sanfrancisco

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Collect another t-shirt

Mega tourist alert moment. I love the Hard Rock Cafe and collect t-shirts, so I definitely need to add a San Francisco one to my collection. Plus, I’m fairly certain my Mother will never let me back in her house if I don’t take her a badge back.

 

Visit Yosemite

Ok, so this isn’t actually in San Francisco but if you think I’m flying all the way to California and not visiting Yosemite, you’re crazy.

I’m booked on a day trip out to Yosemite and it’s gonna be a long day, but so worth it because I just know that I would be really disappointed if I didn’t go.

 

Is there anything I should add to the list?

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  • What a brilliant list – I love that there’s so many simple, outdoors activities included and not just expensive restaurants to eat at. 🙂

  • Sounds like a fab list to me! I hope you are having an amazing time.

  • Fred Hernandez

    You’re gonna love it. I went there a few years ago, got lost, saw the sea lions. hung out with an old friend, and it was amazing. // ▲ fredsguidetolife.com ▲