36 hours in San Francisco
In June we flew to San Francisco to start off our California trip. With only 36 hours to give San Fran everything we had we wasted no time getting started. It's a fun city with a lot to offer foodies, sports fans, history buffs and more. When we travel outside of visiting the beach, I like to cover as much ground as possible – you'll hear about our 2-day, 50-stop trip to NYC soon. I'm a planner and don't waste anytime getting to know the city I am in. Here's how we covered a lot of ground in San Fran in 36 hours.
After landing at SFO in the afternoon and overpaying for a cab (sorry Uber, we learned our lesson) we drove to Hotel Zoe and checked in. Located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf Hotel Zoe is a boutique hotel with refined style and super friendly staff. After we checked in we immediately hit Pier 39 for wine and fish tacos (we're talking real, super fresh fish tacos) at The Codmother Fish and Chips. We walked the pier and headed back to our hotel and change. Tip #1: wait in line for a seat at The Codmother. You won't regret it.
After freshening up we took an affordable 10-minute Uber ride over to AT&T Park for a Giants game. It's a tradition that we always see a sports game while we travel and AT&T didn't disappoint. Located in the urban San Fran neighbourhood of South Park, AT&T has stunning views of the harbour and offers a walk-around experience similar to Fenway Park. Grabbed a beer, a slice of pizza and talked to locals all night. Tip #2: when visiting AT&T go early to walk around the inside and outside of the building... there is a lot of history to be seen!
The next day we had breakfast at Pescatore. I had eggs benedict... it was delish! After breakfast we packed up and took off for the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. When Mike and I travel we always try to hit the touristy things first, but always leave time to discover off the grid restaurants and things to do. After walking the Golden Gate Bridge and snapping some pics we took a walk through The Presidio, a park and former US army military fort that has seen many uses since its establishment in the 1700s. After the Golden Gate Bridge we took off to Lombard Street to walk down the famous winding road and the street cars. We then zipped over to Pier 33 to board the ferry for Alcatraz Island.
Alcatraz is a memorable experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting San Fran. Although is no longer operates as a prison Alcatraz was once called home by many infamous criminals including Al "Scarface" Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly and Arthur "Doc" Barker. What makes this tour so worth it is that every visitor can enjoy it at their own piece. Upon arriving visitors are given headphones and an audio guide to take them through the prison. There is a lot to see and you an spend hours on the island, choosing which ferry time to take back to the pier.
Next we went back to our hotel to shower up for our photoshoot – no, really. Mike and I got engaged in November of 2017 and because travelling is a big part of our relationship we thought what better way to capture who we are as a couple than a photoshoot in a new city. We met up with our photographer (who I met on Instagram, because why not take a chance on talented strangers?) that evening and had a blast while taking in some new sights including The Painted Ladies and Baker Beach. It was usually cold and windy–even for San Fran–but we had a blast and couldn't stop laughing the whole time.
That's something I adore about my relationship with Mike. We really are best friends and every time we travel it's all about laughing, exploring, having an adventure and as much fun as possible. We spent our last night in San Francisco enjoying the most delicious gourmet grilled cheese and wine at Union Larder – a wine, cheese and charcuterie bar. Tip #3: attention olive lovers – get the olive appetizer at Union Larder. It's delish! Tip #4: take the trolley up to the wine bar, it's quite the view at night.
Travel is such an important part of our lives. Meeting new people, sharing in new experiences... that's what life is all about! So if you're ever in San Francisco or even just passing through, here is how you can make the most of it in 36 hours.