San Francisco: Tourist Attractions

We started planning a trip to San Francisco in the spring to celebrate Nick’s birthday. Every year for our birthdays, we give each other “experience gifts” instead of a material gift. His birthday was in June, which makes this end-of-August trip a little late, but it was the only time we could go this summer. Neither of us had ever been to San Francisco (Nick had been outside SF last year but never went into the city), so we were both super excited and not sure what to expect.

The first place we stopped at was Dolores Park. It overlooks the city and is a great spot for pictures (and it’s free!). There were definitely some other tourists there, but the place was full of locals just hanging out. There were so many people picnicking, doing yoga, and even sunbathing. It made us daydream about visiting the park casually, as locals, instead of as tourists. 

The next day we visited Alamo Square to see the Painted Ladies. We got our picture taken by a little French couple who were admiring the houses. There was also an espresso food truck parked on the hill - it was too bad that we had already stopped for coffee, or else we would have gotten some!

We wanted to get a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge but so many of the famous lookout spots were far from where we were. We wanted to go to the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio (a park right across from the Golden Gate Bridge), so when we were done, we walked over to Crissy Field to get a far-away look of the bridge. We were practically the only ones there besides a few people walking their dogs or riding their bikes. The fog made it even more beautiful! We also TOTALLY recommend the Walt Disney Family Museum. It takes you through the life of Walt Disney. One of us (Nick) cried during the exhibit of Walt’s death. We spent over an hour there but had to leave because it closed at 6. We could have honestly spent another hour or two. Now we’re planning a trip to Disneyland. 

It’s funny how travel always inspires us to travel more.

- Nick + Jess