WHAT NOT TO MISS IN SAN FRANCISCO

IMG_2062I’ve been to San Francisco a couple times and always discover something new and exciting. This city has so many attractions, yummy eats, and historic sites to escape to! If you have a couple days here or even just a layover, I’ve compiled a list for you of some of my favorite things that I have done to help you plan your SFO adventure!

THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE 

The classic Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco was built in 1933 and is 3 miles long. You will find many tourists at this popular attraction riding bikes, jogging, walking, and taking photographs. The view is breathtaking in every direction that you look at. It is very windy here so make sure you bring a sweater/light jacket for your adventure.IMG_4600

PAINTED LADIES

I’m a 90’s kid so I’m a huge fan of Full House and who can blame me! Of course, I had to go to this iconic location, not only because it was shown in Full House, but because of the beautiful architecture of these Victorian houses. The Painted Ladies are located on Steiner Street. You can have a picnic at the park across the street or just enjoy the view of the colorful homes.IMG_4601

MOSIAC STEPS

This is one of my favorite locations in San Francisco because of the hidden art gem that is known as the Mosaic Steps. Located on 16th Avenue and Morgan with a total of 163 decorative steps you will find a variety of art within each step. From moons, fish, flowers, and a sun you will have a great picture from all angles of the staircase.IMG_4602

FISHERMAN’S WHARF 

Oh my, these seals are so fun to watch they would lie around and nap, fight and swim with each other. Believe me, it is way better than people watching. I enjoyed a nice seafood dinner at one of the local restaurants that had an amazing view of the sunset. This place is fun to walk around and hang out at with other tourists. Fisherman’s Wharf is worth seeing at least once when visiting San Francisco.unnamed-6

BAKER BEACH 

Want a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge, well this is it! This beach is perfect to walk around, throw a Frisbee and if you are daring to go for a swim (water is freezing)! Attachment-1Have you ever been to San Francisco? If not, what are you waiting for? This is a must on your bucket list!

WHAT TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

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Okay, so we were sick and over the snow in Utah that we decided to take a weekend away and headed to San Diego with 75-degree weather! We booked our cute beach Airbnb and soaked up the sun. We had 3 days to enjoy what San Diego had to offer and it was perfect to do all that we wanted to do.

BEST BEACHES 

Being from Utah where there is no beach (and no the Great Salt Lake does not count), I love and appreciate my beach time! San Diego has a couple nice beaches to check out and to get your tan on, salt in your hair and relax to the sound of the waves. Some of my favorite beaches from the San Diego area include:

  • Mission Beach
  • Pacific Beach
  • La Jolla Cove
  • Coronado Beach

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The photo below I took in the best location to capture the San Diego skyline. Most locals are the only ones that know of this location, but I will share it with you! It is Bayview Park you can find the directions here. But, shhh I didn’t tell you!

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SAN DIEGO ZOO

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular ones in the states and it did not disappoint. We spent a whole day at the zoo because it is huge and you have so many things to see! We were lucky enough to have most of the animals be awake and active. You can easily purchase tickets that same day at their box office or online.

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BELMONT PARK

This little amusement park is located by Mission Beach and has free admissions! You can walk around and grab a Dole Whip (that’s what we did), or ride couple rides and play in their arcade. It’s a great place to take your family after a day at the beach!

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SAN DIEGO EATS

Great food is always on the list when traveling and San Diego’s foodie scene is delicious, so here is a couple of my favorite places:

  • Olive Cafe
  • Breakfast Republic
  • Dirty Birds
  • Common Theory Public House
  • Sicilia Bella
  • Baked Bear (ice cream sandwiches)

Best Transportation Method 

Bird is a recent company that provides easy and fast transportation with dockless bikes and scooters. I am not a bike person so this scooter saved me from many dreadful bike rides! This is a great transportation method for the boardwalk or close by destinations you don’t necessarily want to get an Uber or walk to. I LOVED my scooter and definitely recommend it!

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San Diego was the perfect destination and we will be coming back in the future! What are your favorite things to do? Any ice cream location I must check out? Tell me more!