Girlfriend’s Getaway to San Francisco

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

I live near the east coast, so five days to a week is much better for me and my travel friends and family.

No matter what the interests are of those I am traveling with, I can always plan something that is suitable for everyone.

My preferences for accommodations are either in the Union Square or Fisherman’s Warf areas. Both offer lots of restaurants, shops and sightseeing within walking distance. Most of the major hotel chains can be located as well as boutique style hotels.

When traveling with my energetic, athletic friends, my favorite thing to do is rent bikes for a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge. Although a bit touristy, it is well worth it for the incredible views. I like to ride farther north to Sausalito for lunch overlooking the bay. The town is charming with lots of boutique shops. Sometimes we are too tired to take the bike ride back across the bridge, so we hop on the ferry in Sausalito that goes back to the city.

When with my friends that are not up to a bike ride, we check out the Yerba Buena Gardens. The gardens are surrounded by a movie theater, museums, a butterfly garden and a historical carousel. We always check the Yerba Buena Center events schedule for art displays, films, and performances that are taking place during our stay.

As a fan of the show “Full House”, which aired on television in the late 80’s – mid 90’s, my friends and I enjoy seeing the “painted ladies”. The opening credits showed a row of Victorian homes painted in beautiful colors with a back-drop of San Francisco. The homes date from the 1890’s and climb one of the many hills in the city. These seven houses miraculously survived the 1906 earthquake. This is one of the most photographed locations in the city and is known as Alamo Square. The meticulous neighborhood park is a perfect place for a picnic just like the Tanner family!

Taking a drive down Lombard Street is a must in San Francisco. This scenic road on Russian Hill is often called the “crookedest” street in the world. I certainly agree with that statement! The curvy nature of the one-way drive along with the steep slope makes for a fun ride with eight tight turns in the one block portion of the street. The views are amazing looking down at the bay, Alcatraz and Coit Tower as well as the flower gardens along the way.

The San Francisco cable cars are a historic symbol and recognized around the world. Even people who believe it is a cheesy tourist attraction will admit that there is something very memorable about the rides. For the best views, sit on the side that faces the bay.

My favorite area is Fisherman’s Wharf. There is so much to see and do there, so tune in next week for my blog as I continue with the highlights of Fisherman’s Wharf!


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