San Francisco in the Spring
I love San Francisco. I first visited in April of 2015 and I adored how for a pretty big city it had a small town feel. There are layers to it in so many ways; layers of diversity, layers of nature from hills to bay side, layers of beauty. San Francisco doesn't seem to have a bad angle and the people I've come across are as varied and open as the city they inhabit. As Twiggy put it: "It is like London and Paris stacked on top of each other." I think that's a pretty perfect way to put it.
So for my 23rd birthday, my awesome, amazing, stupendous, absolutely fantastic boyfriend bought me a ticket to San Francisco. He asked what I wanted to do for this trip and I answered: be a tourist. And that's exactly what he planned for the weekend. So below you'll find some pictures and descriptions of the places we visited. We visited several other spots but I was too busy talking and pointing at things to get photographic evidence. I don't quite mind though. I was really there, experiencing the city and enjoying every second.
Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf is one of the busiest and most popular tourist spots on the west coast. It's also known for being the location of Pier 39, a shopping center home to restaurants, sea lion viewing, street performers, sour dough, the Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, Madame Tussaud's, and some of the best seafood.
As we walked along the pier, beside the colorful boats, we could hear the distinct bark of seals. Pier 39 is also known for the amount of seals that hang out there (they've been flocking to Pier 39 since the 80s!). If you're ever in San Francisco, make sure to take a trip to Fisherman's Wharf and be ready to walk. It's not nearly as fun on a tour bus that just whizzes past it all.
Joe's Crab Shack
Joe brought me to Joe's Crab Shack for lunch and it easily won me over. The food was great, our server was incredibly chill, and the view from our seats by the window was lovely. Check out my post about it here.
North Vista Point/Golden Gate Bridge
I had visited San Francisco twice before and never caught a glimpse of the Golden Gate bridge. So on this trip, I insisted and I was not disappointed. The famous bridge's striking color against the blue of the bay and the green of the nearby hills was lovely.
When we finally reach the northern viewing point, it was already teeming with other tourist. Some climbed over the railings to take riskier selfies and jump shots while others stood on the short stone wall. Joe and I, being the scaredy cats that we are, were happy to stay on the safer side and it paid off. We got some lovely photos and a killer view. The next time I visit, I'd love to take the Sausalito Tour to see the Golden Gate Bridge from the south viewing point.
The Chinatown of San Francisco is home to the largest Chinese community outside of Asia and also happens to be the oldest Chinatown in North America! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to snap too many photos since Joe and I were having far too much fun fiddling with little trinkets, fuzzy hats, and all kinds of jewelry. There's a little bit of everything in Chinatown and the shop keepers are always more than happy to hover over you as you shop. Make sure to wear comfy shoes!
Yerba Buena Gardens
The Yerba Buena Gardens have a special place in heart. When I first visited Joe in San Francisco, he took me here with a friend of ours. He had mentioned it several times before and he was so excited to show me. This also happens to be the park he had planned to propose to me at. Yes, planned. He never got around to doing it. Why? Because I was being a grump and wanted to go home right after the movie. :( But of course, it all worked out in the end. ♥
Other places we visited:
Golden Gate Park
Union Square North & South
I'll be back in San Francisco at the end of May and I'm looking for new places to see and explore. The Muir Woods Redwood Forest and some vineyards and wineries are in the plans so far. If you guys have any suggestions, please leave comments!