I went to San Francisco with my brother, Sam, to visit my older brother Max and sight see over Spring Break! Here are some of the best parts of the trip and some helpful tips.
1. You don't have to stay in the city. Sam and I booked our trip last minute, so it was too expensive to stay in San Francisco. We booked this Airbnb and took the BART into the city everyday.We spent about $40 dollars each on BART fare throughout our stay.
2. Be ready to walk. We covered about from 7-15 miles each day so this is the perfect time to break out your sneakers- I lived in these while I was there.
3. Speaking of fashion, wearing white sneakers, a simple top, black leggings and a jean jacket was perfect for the weather and culture and was appropriate for activities ranging from museums to bike riding. My brother carried a backpack to hold our things for the day.
4. Do your research before going. There are so many cool things to cover, so you don't want to waste time back tracking! I'm very visual so I looked at Instagram's like this to find cool spots and then looked on Yelp for the rest! This also helps you plan out which BART train to take.
What to do:
1. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito for lunch . We rented from Blazing Saddles and for the whole day, the rental fee was $32. Biking across the bridge was one of the most freeing feelings I have experienced. The views were incredible and the bike ride itself had a few uphills, but was totally doable, especially if you are like me and don't bike ride frequently.
2. Visit the Ferry Marketplace Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market is one of the biggest I have seen and is open on Tuesday and Thursday. If you can't make it on these days, There are a variety of shops and restaurants inside the building that will keep you busy for at least an hour. Everything that I ate was super fresh! Also look at the fresh flower selection:
Visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. My favorite pieces were the neon sign and living wall. My brother had to wear his backpack on his front which really made the visit worth it too 😂
Check out Clarion Alley. It's an alley full of colorful street art in the Mission District.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Delicious donut flavors of the day, like passionfruit and lavendar. Go early to make sure you get one! Also it is important to note that the bakery is on the edge of the Tenderloin, but Sam and I were fine walking through it in the middle of the day- we just didn't linger!
Sweet Belly in Oakland. It's an adorable little ice cream shop in Oakland that has two custom flavors each month and tops cones with unique toppings plus mini donuts (!!).
Hoping to go back soon! Where are your favorite spots in the San Francisco area?