Where to start about San Francisco…I have no idea?! The Bridge? The Hills? The Architecture? It’s a different city than Los Angeles for sure. To start off with, it’s more compact (7×7 miles as I was told and kept on repeating) and can be explored with buses/trolleys and on foot (your calves are going to have one hell of a workout)!
Here three days were enough for us to visit the main attractions of the city and take things a little more slowly than our whirlwind LA trip! Here are 15 things I think (by experience) that no visitor of San Francisco should miss!
1) Golden Gate Bridge
The city’s trademark in my opinion! One shot is never enough, so I got many from different angles! And of course you should walk on the bridge too! Provides nice views to San Francisco (if it’s not hazy), Treasure Island, San Francisco- Oakland Bay Bridge and Alcatraz! There are many viewpoints for a good shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. The first photo in this post was taken from Lincoln Highway in Lands End, while the first photo in this collage was taken from the vista point after crossing the bridge towards Sausalito.
2) Cliff House & Sutro Baths
Now, the word bath for me is associated with Roman Baths, which obviously isn’t the case here! From the ruins I couldn’t really tell what kind of baths they were until I saw a photo at the gift shop in Cliff House: Sutro Baths were late 19th century baths/water park! You can read more of their story and ill fate right here!
The Cliff House started out as a resort for the wealthy and after a couple of destructions and renovations now functions as a restaurant providing a nice view over the ocean.
On the south side of Cliff House lies Ocean Beach, ideal for photo opportunities (especially if it’s a bit hazy)!
3) Enjoy the View from the Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks is the second highest elevation point in the city and located right at its center, so it’s ideal for 360 degrees views! P.S. wearing a Pusheen The Cat t-shirt and H&M scarf.
4) Explore Chinatown
I’ve seen the Chinatown in NYC, London, Washington DC and Boston, but this one’s unique, as it’s the largest Chinatown outside Asia! Notable features are the Dragon’s Gate on Bush Street & Grant, the unique lamp posts and the red lanterns. Not so sure that the latter are there year round or were in place for Chinese New Year.