After the 24/7 fast-paced days at a work conference in Sacramento and the relaxing, wine-filled afternoons in Sonoma, San Francisco was a welcomed change of pace. I get excited by the prospect of big, bustling cities and feel a little bit like it’s Christmas morning when I get to explore a new area. Since I only had 24 hours in this city, I kept my itinerary rather short. One of my best friends, Jenny, joined me for this trip. It’s always nice to have a travel buddy…thanks, Jen!!! Read below to hear how I spent my short stint in “The Golden City”.
- 10 AM: Left Sonoma and drove the 1.5 hours to San Fran. Checked into Villa Montes Hotel in San Bruno.
- We decided to stay outside of the city because it was cheaper and closer to the airport. Since we weren’t going to be staying there long, we wanted our lodging to be easy and inexpensive. Villa Montes also offered two free cab rides to the hotel/airport — nice perk in this pricey city!
- 11:45 AM Dropped off our rental car at the airport and took the BART into downtown San Francisco.
- From the airport to the Embarcadero exit, the fare was about $8/person.
- 12:30 PM Since it was a bit drizzly and gloomy, Jenny and I decided to head to the Ferry Building. A friend had recommended it was a good place to go on a rainy day. Well…Jenny and I ended up getting off the BART and walked almost 2 miles in the WRONG DIRECTION. How? Really, how? When we realized we did this, we laughed, were a bit frustrated and took a cab 2 miles back to the Ferry Building.
What I Learned: ALWAYS look at a map…also, maybe ask a real person for directions too. 🙂
- 1:30 – 7 PM: Walked from the Ferry Building along Embarcadero Avenue…witnessed the fair-like atmosphere at Pier 39 (there was a man juggling pins on fire while riding on a unicycle), sipped on clam chowder at Boudin’s Bakery, snapped a few pics of the sea-lebrities, gazed at the Golden Gate Bride from a distance, and grabbed decadent ice cream treats from Ghirardelli Square.
- The Ferry Building is an indoor marketplace with various local vendors selling anything from gourmet varieties of mushrooms to fancy seafood restaurants. This was a nice stop to make since it was a dreary day.
- Pier 39 was a bit too touristy for my taste, but it’s worth a short visit…you have to wave at the seals!
- I would recommend grabbing a quick bite to eat at Boudins. They make all sorts of creatures out of their sourdough bread which is fun to see, plus the smell is divine!
- 8 PM: We ended the evening by walking up Lombard Street, which was quite a difficult task after eating our sweet desserts from Ghirardelli! I about had a heart attack when I saw a group of tourists going down the street on segways…SEGWAYS! Seeing this street made me really feel like I was in SF. I would highly recommend visiting Lombard Street!
Question for you: Have you ever visited San Francisco? What did I miss?