Boy did I think that 72 hours in San Francisco would be a whirlwind of a trip, and believe it or not, it was quite relaxing! This was my third ever visit to the Bay Area and the primary reason for this trip was to spend some quality girl time with my bestie of 13 years, Stacy (hey girl). Stacy left the OC back in 2010 to head to school at UC Berkeley, and 7 years later, I FINALLY paid her a visit. Although this was a quick trip, I packed it full of fun adventures all without having a strict itinerary. Because I had been to San Francisco before and hit most of the major landmarks, I didn’t have the pressure to hit EVERYTHING. I was able to pick and choose what I wanted to go back and see, and add on a few fun stops I never had the chance to do!
My first ever visit to SF was as a little girl, maybe 6ish, where my family did a road trip and hit lots of the major tourist must-sees including the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and rode the cable car system.
Back in 2012, my mom and I did a mini trip to the city when my cousin was getting married at Cline Cellars in Sonoma. We had a little under a full day to travel around, so we hit the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and shopped at the Westfield San Francisco Centre.
This was my first ever SEMI- solo travel exhibition. Let me explain…I flew by myself and spent most of the 2 days wandering the city just me, myself, and I because when I booked this trip 10 days in advance, it was not enough time to beg Stacy to take off work the 3 days after labor day. However, when Stacy was off of work at 5 on Tuesday and Wednesday, we explored the city together. Stacy lives in Rockridge, Oakland in the quaintest neighborhood! It was about a 20 minute Bart ride into Downtown SF. Having my best friend be my personal local tour guide in her new hometown was quite the pleasure, especially because I had never been to the Oakland/Berkeley area.
Here is a fun breakdown of my final trip details:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art -MOMA (See Edvard Munch through October 9th!)
Lunch at Ginto Izakaya Japonaise in Financial District
Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park (Free the first Tuesday of the month)
Dinner at The Barrel Room in Rockridge, Oakland
Smitten Ice Cream in Rockridge, Oakland (Order the ‘Bee Sting’ scoop)
Quick Breakfast at Highwire Coffee Rockridge, Oakland
Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39
Lunch at Chowders on Pier 39
The Riddler Champagne Bar in Hayes Neighborhood
Dinner at Zachary’s Chicago Pizza (BEST PIZZA I’VE EVER HAD)
Day 3: (Half Day)
Chai Tea at Bica Coffee (not hungry for breakfast)
Westfield San Francisco Centre (Nordstrom, Anthro, and Old Navy were stellar!)
Lunch at Tropisueno (To-go) and ate at Yerba Buena Gardens
Alright, so what do you pack for 72 hours in a big city? I was heading straight from the airport to downtown SF to avoid having to drop off my luggage at Stacy’s house. I went rouge and forced myself to pack EXTRA light! Everything I brought with me fit into my new Fjallraven backpack! That meant clothes, toiletries, my Kindle, and my camera! The key to my success was wearing my only pair of shoes for the trip! I choose my black booties that I wore on my backpacking trip earlier this year because I accidentally hiked up Ancient Thira in them, and they were surprisingly comfy. So what’s a hilly city after that?! I also wore the only pair of jeans and jacket I brought! Different tops are what changed up my outfit, and I actually brought one too many blouses! My last saving grace was my new Brixton hat, because I didn’t have to bring any hair tools! SCORE. So long to the extreme overpacker I once was!
Real talk, when I booked this trip, I was slightly terrified of getting lost alone in a big city. My directional skills are not one of my strongest assets. In fact, it’s a major weakness! I know that Google Maps will guide me through, but what if my phone were to mysteriously stop working or I got on the wrong train and lose reception, or take the wrong bus way out of the way. These were my internal anxieties! However, navigating solo forced me to call upon the Lord and allow him to guide me! I prayed every time I got on the Bart or bus that I was heading in the right direction. God never let me down!
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. -Psalm 25: 4-5
Great news guys… I didn’t get lost ONCE this whole trip! I did experience public transportation at rush hour, but I always made it to my final destination! Praise the Lord!
Shout out to Michael Smith @smittync for allowing my to interrupt your photography session and so graciously accepting to take my blog photos on the streets of SF!
Have a blessed week!