If you are headed to San Francisco for a day trip, here are some fun things you can do. We were out of the house from 10am, and got home close to 9pm, to give you a time frame for the trip.
- Twin Peaks
- Crepevine for lunch
- Golden Gate Park (we didn’t even visit everything there)
- Golden Gate Bridge (didn’t get a chance to walk on it this time)
- Lombard Street
- Bistro Boudin for dinner
- Ghirardelli for dessert
Norm’s cousins came for a visit, so we decided to take them for a tour of San Francisco. We headed out to “The City” around 10am. It was a chilly, but beautiful day! The next day, they came to visit us in town, and it was pouring rain!!
We could see our first stop on our way off the freeway – Sutro Tower.
This was the girls’ first time as tourists. We usually just go there to visit friends and family.
As you can see, Emily was thrilled!
Six years of not living in SF, and I have forgotten about the breath-taking views.
A kind guy took our photo for us…thank you, kind guy, if you ever find our blog.
If you haven’t been up to Twin Peaks, you need to go. We got so lucky that it was clear skies. You usually just see fog. Definitely don’t come during the August-ish. If you have a chance to go at night, it is also a great view!! Don’t forget to bring a jacket…or two, though.
Sunny day with the family = the best
A better and bigger view of Sutro Tower
We luckily found parking spots! (Did I mention we were touring SF by car? Three cars to be exact. This is a risky move because parking is hard to find.) We had made reservations at Crepevine, but they didn’t really save a table for us. We had to wait a little, and were seated at different tables. It was super duper busy, and there was a never-ending line. But we did get the dessert crepes on the house. Woot!
I guess we were famished because we didn’t actually take any photos of our yummy crepes when they arrived.
I remembered when we were finishing off the last bites of our dessert crepe.
Golden Gate Park
After lunch, we headed to Golden Gate Park. We arrived at the waterfall when a wedding party were getting photos taken.
Norm and I had a few engagement photos taken here, so that was fun to show the girls where they were taken.
Except, when we had our photos taken, I think there was a lot more water, so there was a lot of foamy action going on. It was much better on this day.
Golden Gate Pavilion
Our next stop was the windmill and tulip garden in GGP.
Posing with a windmill :p
I guess she likes posing.
Can you guess where we were headed next?
Golden Gate Bridge
Ta-da!! Again, so happy there was no fog in sight!
Me with my girls
If you have to wait for someone to use the bathroom, you can hang out across the way at the bookstore with some really cool books.
Or, you can hang out and watch this thingie that flips from year to year.
Or, pose with the statue.
Then, we were off to Lombard, the crookedest street in the world. I’m not sure who lives along this street, but I wonder if it’s annoying that hundreds of tourists go by your home, or are at your front door, everyday. From here, you can see Coit Tower. I remember watching sunrises at Coit Tower during youth group days.
We made it down, found parking spots, and snapped some quick pics. I hear it can get a lot busier, but it was okay for us. Just make sure not to hit the teenage boy in the middle of the intersection trying to take a pic of his family.
Heading to dinner, we see a view of Alcatraz. I had been there in 4th grade for a field trip, but if you can make it, a foggy night would be great for the Night Tour, which we took with a friend who visited from Texas one summer.
Fisherman’s Wharf is definitely not the same as it used to be, even just from a few years ago, but the sign is still there.
We got to visit the museum at Bistro Boudin while we wait for a table.
Fun bread shapes
We got to take a quiz to see what kind of bread we would be. Both Melody and I got dusted wheat?
A peek into the bakery. Reminded me of our field trip to Semifreddi’s.
The kids got mac and cheese, of course. What would you order if never get mac and cheese at home? :p Norm and I shared a super yummy pizza. He might do a review on Boudin soon.
We also shared a classic clam chowder served in their sourdough bread bowl. Yum! And me with my silly girl.
A big map…we were seeing how far we would have to walk to our next spot.
See the chocolate creation behind the girls?
Super duper yum!
One last photo before we headed home!
And the girls fell asleep on the ride home. I think we got home right before 9pm.
That’s our San Francisco excursion! You can view more photos HERE from our album that week. There are so many great things to do in San Francisco, so we will definitely go on another day trip soon. If you were coming for a visit, I would definitely recommend spending at the very least 4 days there.
When we asked the girls if they liked their tour of San Francisco, they said it was the best day ever in their whole life! :p
We never finished our 31 Days in SF Bay posts, but you can read about other things to do or places to go in the SF Bay Area.
What are some of your favorite places to visit in San Francisco?