Yes, one of my destinations on my bucket list was San Francisco and I’m so happy that I can say; “I’ve been there” “Check!”. It was everything I hoped for, dreamed off and wished for. It wasn’t a disappointment, which happens a lot when you are dreaming about a city, but an exciting surprise to see San Francisco. I love to show you what we did in 3 days in San Francisco.
3 Days in San Francisco
I had a long list of things I wanted to see or do. For example, cycling over the Golden Gate bridge, seeing the prison Alcatraz in the bay of San Francisco, having a look at Lombard street and the Painted Ladies. I was lucky because during the e-course of Decor8 I met Ana from Fluxi on Tour. Ana moved to San Francisco a few years ago, so she could tell me lots of stuff about the city and what to do in San Francisco. Definitely have a look at her travel category with lots of blog posts about San Francisco and all the things you must do around the city. Besides that I also checked out the sfgirlbybay blog by Victoria Smith. She has a category on her blog about San Francisco.
Downtown & North Beach
We booked a cheap motel in downtown San Francisco. When you are traveling with a car, you have to consider that it can be a bit tricky to find a hotel in the city. Most hotels don’t have parking or only for an additional price. That having said, if you travel with a camper van, it’s almost impossible to find a parking lot that is high enough. It needs some research before you go to San Francisco.
Downtown San Francisco and North Beach are great areas to stroll around. There are lots of shops, coffeeshops, amazing buildings and unfortunately also lots of homeless people. Maybe you already spotted the homeless guy on the photo above on the pavement. San Francisco’s climate is perfect for homeless people. It never freezes and they receive about 35 USD per day to live. It also is becoming some sort of living style for people; to show that they are ‘free’ and have nothing to do with any government rules or whatever they feel worried about.
I love how San Francisco is a real city with narrow streets, lots of cars, bizar shops, bakeries, tattoo shops, exciting and all kinds of people walking around. The architecture is just beautiful. The city is not famous for any typical architecture style but for the eclectic mix of Victorian and Modern architecture.
Some architectural icons in San Francisco in the Victorian and Modern style are the Golden Gate bridge, obliviously, the Painted Ladies, Alamo square, Chinatown, Alcatraz island and Lombard street.
When you look at the buildings in San Francisco some elements always come back. For example; the bay windows which I totally adore. The fire escape stairs outside the building. The wooden facades and the ornaments on the edge of the roof.
The Fishermans Warf and Pier 39
Lots of tourists go to the Fishermans warf in San Francisco but I’m not sure I would recommend you going there. If you love the typical tourist shops, big brands of fast food and lots of people, you should go here. But I didn’t really like this area of San Francisco. Maybe I’ve missed something? I was there on a Saturday, which was an incredibly busy day.
A great thing about going to the Fishermans Warf is taking the old school trams to the warf. There are about a dozen different trams you can see here.
Chinatown in San Francisco
One thing you always have to visit in a city is Chinatown. It’s always worth it going there. For the cheap shops, the Chinese food, the decorations, the buildings and the people. A little bit of Asia on the other side of the world.
The golden gate bridge in San Francisco
This amazing structure is something you should’n miss in San Francisco. The best thing to do is cycling over the bridge to the other side. The views over the city are amazing as are the views over the bridge it self. It is really spectacular to be standing in the middle of the bridge or near one of the two postures of the bridge.
The bright red color is so beautiful in the sun light. This was around 1pm but you can also choose to go on the bridge around sunset.
And the view from the other side.. Isn’t it such a big and impressive structure?
Alamo Square in San Francisco
The Alamo square is a park in west San Francisco. The view over downtown San Francisco is perfect but it’s about the Painted Ladies why you want to go to Alamo square. The Painted Ladies are a row of Victorian style houses. Do you remember the American sitcom Full House? Their opening sequence featured the Alamo Square park with the Painted Ladies in the background.
The area around the Alamo Square is worth visiting as well. All the houses are build in Victorian style and are just so beautiful that you want to take pictures of them all.
At the end of our Three days in San Francisco, we drove up to the Twin Peaks to have a great view over the city. When you go here before or during sunset, the city falls in a beautiful light.
Is San Francisco on your bucket list?