A Day in and Around San Francisco, California

In August 2018, we had our family’s summer vacation for 5 days. The first day was actually just a day trip to San Francisco, California ("SF"), where we made the following stops:


1. The Golden Gate Bridge. There are different areas around SF where you can get a good shot of the bridge. One of those places is Fort Baker. Parking there is a challenge but not an impossible task.  When we went, it was not It was not too crowded and most people were fishing, biking, running or taking photos. It is good to bring a jacket because most of the time it’s windy and cool there.

The Golden Gate Bridge
2. The Palace of the Fine Arts Theather. This place is open to the public and there's no entrance fee to get inside the structure.  The building has no roof, it’s open and there are many entrances.  The building is surrounded by residential and commercial structures, and parking is also a challenge there. It is a nice place to take pictures. I saw groups of different people taking pictures for things like their school projects, prenuptial, or tourist sightseeing.


Dada and Baby
If you are a photographer or photography is one of your hobbies, then this is an ideal place to practice your creative skills by taking photos of the different angles of the buildings.

3. The Painted Ladies – This historical landmark is one of the most photographed places in SF. The home structures are cute, pastel-colored Victorian homes across from Alamo Square Park.  I never got tired of looking at those homes because of their unique style and variety of colors. It was a great place to sit, relax, take pictures, or read a book. Parking there was also a challenge just like any other places in SF.


Mama and Baby
4. Fisherman’s Wharf – This was a fun place for tourism purposes. Most people there are tourists, and they primarily tend to spend time shopping, eating or just looking around at the activities. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. You can find almost everything from clothing, bags, souvenirs,  candies and a lot more. There are also some days when they have a farmer’s market where you can buy fresh and organic fruits and veggies from locals.


Fisherman's Wharf

We had lunch at the Wipeout restaurant. The prices are okay and their food was good. The atmosphere there was ideal for the location.  I had salmon teriyaki, a strawberry milkshake, and a salad. The seats and the waiting time depends on the day and the season. But most of the time, you can find a seat right away.
Salad
Salmon Teriyaki for lunch

5. Rodeo Beach –
Located on the west side of the Marin Headlands. Two miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge. A nice place to hike, walk, take pictures, relax and even run. I would highly recommend bringing a jacket even in Summer because it’s really cold there. If you want to spend a day there, make sure to bring food and water because there are no nearby restaurants. They also have restrooms and showers in the parking area which is at the far end of the beach. Parking is available but can fill up quickly.


The beautiful Rodeo Beach
Hope you to see you on our next Summer trip in 2019!


4 comments

  1. San Fransisco is always fun to visit! I enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge as well and seeing the sea lions at Fishermen's Wharf. I'd like to take time to see more of the city.

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  2. What an insightful article! By reading it I feel like I've already been to San Francisco. I would love to visit 'the painted ladies and fisherman's wharf.' ����
    By the way, I salivated on your salmon teriyaki and salad ��

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