I’ve created a roundup up on my favorite places of San Francisco. Of course, all the credit goes out to my explorer- Matt. When we travel, he basically compiles a list of places he is interested in going. We set an “unofficial” agenda and play it by ear as the day goes on. For the most part it goes really well. At times, we get tired, and we just chill at the hotel, other times we hit the day running from 4 am to 11 pm.
Travel tip: when renting a vehicle, make sure it is an AWD, especially if you do not know what terrain you will be traveling through. Living in Houston, I had no idea that other places had different terrains, haha, so when it came to a place like San Francisco, driving a vehicle like the Mazda CX-9 AWD was the perfect car.
Twin Peaks- if you’re a photographer, or just like to take in an amazing view of San Francisco, please visit twin peaks, you will be doing yourself a huge favor. For the most part, this place isn’t too crowded.
Sausalito- Sausalito is my favorite place to go to when I’m in the Bay Area. Matt recommended we take the San Francisco Ferry to and from, and it was worth it! I have also walked the Golden Gate bridge to get to Sausalito, this is a good option too! (These are views from the restaurant we went to at Sausalito and from the ferry ride.)
Blue Bottle- You can find these anywhere in California or many states. I’m not a coffee person, but I know any normal human is.
(There is Hailey!)
Phoenix Hotel- If you’re looking for a hip area to stay (yes I said hip… lol) the Phoenix Hotel is right up your alley. This is in the heart of Tenderloin District, where thrift shops and local restaurants reside. There is a restaurant and bar with live music until 10-10:30. They also have a pool that you must at least dip your toes in.
(top C/O from Sew Bonita)
Ocean Beach- Catch the sunrise at Ocean beach. This area has caves and bonfire pits that is open to the public. It does get scary once it is dark, so fair warning. Other than that, take in the pacific coast and sink your toes (or chanclas) in the sand.
Mission Dolores- We stocked up on food from Whole Foods, and enjoyed a serene meal with views of the locals, school children, and street vendors.
Photographer: Matthew Daniel