Lives in San Francisco, California
Since Mar. 2009
35-49 year old female
I think the best part of travel is that you don't return the same person as when you left. Visiting other countries and cultures opens our eyes and minds and permanently changes us for the better. My biggest life goal is to see as much of the world as possible, collecting as many unforgettable memories as I can. Most of the best memories occur when not following a preordained vision of the trip, so my hubs and i have developed a real "fly by the seat of our pants" mentality to embrace the bumps along the way as much as the sights.
Islands, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites, National Parks
Historic Walking Areas
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,
Mountains, Neighbourhoods, Lookouts, Historic Walking Areas
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Movie Theatres
Sacred & Religious Sites
Gift & Speciality Shops, Historic Sites,
Mountains, Sacred & Religious Sites
Any history buff will be thrilled to visit this legendary prison. A scenic boat ride to and from the island is a lovely way to see the city. A self-guided audio tour with real prisoner and guard testimonials, provides atmosphere along with the interesting facts. You can take as long as you want to explore the island before catching a return boat.
Angel Island provides a gorgeous view of San Francisco and its environs, as well as a history lesson, it being the "Ellis Island of the West" and the gateway for many Asian immigrants. This island provides excellent trails and picnic areas, as well as the historical Angel Island Immigration Center.
Gorgeous views and a fantastic workout, all at the same time! At the top of the steps you can see straight down to the Palace of Fine Arts and San Francisco Bay. At the bottom you can walk down to the waterfront, or act like a local and walk or jog up a few more times (or more)! The stairs are located in one of the most gorgeous neighborhoods, so mansion-gazing is another fun perk!
Whether sunny or cloudy, any day is a perfect day to spend at Mission Dolores Park. Act like a local and bring your food, beverages, friends, kids, dogs and bicycles with your picnic blankets. It has a brand new modern playground for the kids, and fantastic views of the city skyline from its grassy slopes.
This is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in San Francisco, with picturesque Victorians and tree-lined streets. Sidewalks are full of pedestrians, many with strollers and or dogs. The pace is easy, there are plenty of small boutiques for shopping unique treasures, and restaurants for satisfying every appetite.
Any art lover must plan a trip to the Legion of Honor for Rodin sculptures, as well as an extensive collection of 4000 years of ancient and European art, and interesting traveling exhibitions. Housed in a palatial replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, the exterior of the museum is almost as awe inspiring as the interior. And the icing on the cake is that this gorgeous museum is perched on a cliff overlooking the crashing Pacific Ocean. Visiting this museum is a feast for all the senses!
Golden Gate Park offers something for everybody and with a greater acreage than New York's Central Park, you can spend as little or as much time there as you wish, without doing the same things twice. Popular activities are hiking, paddling boats around Stowe Lake, visiting the bison, touring museums and botanical gardens, free Lindy Hop lessons on Sundays, and much, much more. There is a giant playground and carousel for kids, sports fields, and tons and tons of fields for parties, picnicking, lazing about, and sleeping. The Park often hosts free concerts, musical and cultural events. You can drive straight through the park and arrive at the Pacific Ocean.
Everybody knows why this iconic bridge is a Must for any visitor. You can drive across it, of course, and there are view points on both sides for scenic pictures. It is much better to walk or ride a bicycle across it, as that gives you a much better idea of the size and length of this bridge. Walkers use the east side of the bridge, and cyclists use the west side of the bridge. If you ride a bike, it is a short distance to the picturesque town of Sausalito where you can grab refreshments, and a ferry ride back to the city if you wish.
The Ferry Building is a beautiful mix of historic architecture, local artisans, and luxury dining housed in a beautiful structure anchoring Market Street. You can take ferries to various destinations such as Sausalito, Angel Island, and Larkspur, which provide scenic pictures en route and quaint places to explore with great dining, on the other side. Many visitors to the Ferry Building are there for the food and fine dining.
For somebody who wants authentic Chinese (Cantonese) food, and not the glitzy tourist restaurant, Hong Kong Clay Pot is your destination! It is a hole in the wall which isn't the easiest to find; it's located up a nondescript flight of shabby stairs, and the ambiance does not impress. But if you are here for the food and not the ambiance, it will not disappoint! Food is served family style and is delicious. You are going to love that bill at the end of your meal, too!
If the air is clear, there is no better place to view San Francisco than from the 2nd highest hill in the city, which is located directly in the middle of this city. You will have 360 degree views of all of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and the Pacific Ocean.
This historic theater is one of the quirkiest gems of this fair city. It is a historic building and a live person plays an organ before the start of every movie. They have all kinds of fun features like Sing-A-Longs to cult favorites such as The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid, Grease, etc. It is a symbol of the vibrant Castro district, which has fun shops and great dining for the LGBT community, as well as everybody else.
You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate this gorgeous Cathedral. It is perched on top of Nob Hill, surrounded by views of San Francisco. Inside it is an immense Gothic cathedral, and outside it even has a Labyrinth. Across the street is a tranquil park full of fountains, where you can enjoy the views, the peace of rippling water, and the majestic bonging of Grace's bells tolling the hours.
Not only are independent booksellers a dying species and should be supported, but City Lights has historical significance for being the home of the Beatniks. Buy some books from this cultural landmark, and then go enjoy them at nearby Cafe Vesuvius, also another important Beatnik landmark.
This is a little known about tranquil getaway in the center of San Francisco. Mount Davidson is the tallest hill in San Francisco (2nd is Twin Peaks, another scenic Must). There are benches scattered throughout and the views of the city are outstanding. This is truly an off-the-beaten path destination, even with locals. There is a giant white cross at the summit in honor of the Armenian genocide. On Easter Sunday every year there is a sunrise service, which is a truly otherworldly experience.