SAN FRAN || TRAVEL DIARY


HELLO SAN FRAN! 

This is my FIRST time ever in the beautiful city of San Francisco! Oh my goodness, if you haven't been you HAVE to go. This was a family trip and since none of us sisters had ever been, we really hit the tourist destinations and highlights since we had limited time but wanted to make sure we saw it all (and mom and dad were paying so why not ;) 

I am going to list out some of my favorite destinations and top attractions (with pictures of course) and my highlight reel. I will say, it is a very expensive city so do keep that in mind when planning. 

1. Alcatraz: This was fascinating. Quite an easy trip over, we took the ferry & then I highly recommend the audio tour once you are there. This was one of my favorite parts of this trip....It was SO interesting. Lucky for us, on the day we were there, an ex-convict of Alcatraz was there book signing and meeting visitors. Slightly creepy but totally cool cause I'm weird and really into that kind of stuff.  

2. Bike the Golden Gate and over to Sausalito: We picked the WORST day to bike, a Friday afternoon on a holiday weekend, however, this was a once and a lifetime experience. We biked from the bike stand all the way to the bridge, over and way down the highway into Sausalito where we obviously parked our bikes and got a coffee. Sausalito was BEAUTIFUL-small town one of those places you would see on the cover of a beach book or the destination of a Hallmark Movie. 

3. See the city! (However you choose!) My mom has this thing with Segways.... We have done the Segway in cities all over the world so naturally we would do one in San Fran. This city is much bigger than I expected so finding some mode of transportation to get you to see the city is advised (there are a HELL of a lot of hills so beware of biking.)

Some sights to see: 

Lombard Street, Chinatown, Union Square, Fishermans Wharf, Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the neighborhoods outside of all the tourist and city attractions have some GREAT coffee shops, restaurants and book stores. We also spent a lot of time down near Golden Gate Park, in a very colorful part of town :) The park was BEAUTIFUL--(including the Japanese Tea Garden!)  

4: Muir Woods National Park, The Redwoods- This is my last must see place on this little mini travel guide. This park was like nothing you have ever seen before and the pictures REALLY do not do it justice. It is about 45 minutes outside of San Fran on the other side of the bridge but you can take busses there... (cue the motion sickness though.) 

Where we stayed: 

We stayed at the Palace Hotel which was lovely thanks to travel agent Mom. It was perfectly located, far away from all the tourist attractions (& attatched to a Starbucks and a Ghirardelli so I would call that perfection ♡) 

For more photos and day to day shots, follow along on Instagram! 

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Probably mid bike break when I'm dying from the hills we just climbed up. At least the view was nice :) 

Probably mid bike break when I'm dying from the hills we just climbed up. At least the view was nice :) 

@Japanese Tea Garden 

@Japanese Tea Garden 

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The hotel lobby at The Palace Hotel 

The hotel lobby at The Palace Hotel 

Muir Woods National Park 

Muir Woods National Park 

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