I checked another city off my ‘To-Go’ list earlier this month when I visited San Francisco for the first time! San Francisco is as amazing as people say. I was immediately drawn to the beauty of the landscape and the fun design of the buildings. It’s a totally different world from Chicago, especially because of all the hills!
To give a little background on this trip, back in January, my mom, best friend, and her mom and sister started planning this Mother/Daughter Trip. It was decided that we were going to San Francisco because none of us had ever been and we were dying to check out wine country. It was sort of a ‘Why Not?!’ trip. We hadn’t done a girls trip in forever, so this was the perfect opportunity to get the girls together and explore a new city and taste some new wines! We were able to pick a long weekend that worked for all five of us and we booked flights to San Francisco in February. I love having a trip to look forward to 🙂
My flight round trip from Chicago to San Francisco was just under $350. Not bad! My mom had a layover in Chicago from Cincinnati on the way out, so we met at O’Hare and ventured on our way. Our flight flew out of Chicago at 7:50pm and had a little delay. The flight seemed LONG and it was the biggest plane I’ve ever been on with 2 seats then a middle row of 5 seats, then 2 seats on the other side. Luckily, Cynthia and I got in the two seater side, so we could catch up without disturbing a whole middle row.
We landed in San Francisco around 11pm PT and met our friends in a hotel in Larkspur that were already there.
Larkspur is a beautiful city located about 30 minutes north of San Francisco. It was neat to not just explore downtown, but also see more of the area. Although, it was a $70+ uber drive from the airport all the way to Larkspur, and I believe it was because uber had a surcharge. We didn’t get there until midnight and we pretty much went straight to bed to rest up for a whole day of exploring San Francisco!
We took the ferry from Larkspur over to bay city, which was a very scenic ride. We went past Alcatraz, San Quentin and the Golden Gate bridge. This option was way cheaper for us and we didn’t have to worry about paying for parking. In total, the ferry took about 30 minutes.
Once we got off the ferry, it was a mad house. There was a Farmer’s Market going on at the pier and there were people EVERYWHERE. We didn’t have any sort of plan or direction of where we were going – just flying by the seat of our pants. We pulled out our trusty google maps app and found Pier 39, a location several people on the ferry told us to check out. It was a bit of a walk, but it didn’t seem too bad being that there was so much to look at. Once we got there, we immediately tried to find where the sea lions hang out, like the true tourists we were.
We also had lunch at Pier 39, at a delicious fish market called Pier Market. How original! My meal was so fresh and the service was super quick! Which was awesome, because we were starving. The salmon was my favorite on my plate full of fish.
After lunch with still no direction, we ended up in Fisherman’s Wharf. Another very touristy area with plenty of places to eat, shop and drink. We had fun watching the street performers and checking out the sea food. We also stopped to watch a fisherman skin a mini tiger shark and feed it to a sea lion. Lovely!
We walked even further so that we could dip our toes in the freezing Pacific, and for a photo opp with the Golden Gate Bridge (which is orange in my opinion).
As to get our step count even higher for the day, we decided to walk up the steepest city streets ever to see what Lombard Street was really all about. It was a great workout! I’m not sure if Lombard Street was truly worth it. It was packed and the street was a lot shorter than it looks in the pictures I’ve seen. I was more impressed by the houses along the street than the actual street. They are gorgeous. And I guess the view of San Francisco and looking out to the ocean was pretty awesome from the top
After all the fun activities, it was time to call it a day. We were able to get into our house in wine country around 4pm, so we were very eager to go that way and see what it was all about! I wish we had more time in San Francisco, but our time was still very well spent. My posts on Napa and Sonoma will be coming shortly. Stay tuned!