Things I did…
1. Bike across The Golden Gate Bridge
Top of my to-do list was, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, something I had been longing to check off the bucket list for some time. For the full experience, I decided to rent a bike from Fishermans Wharf and bike all the way to the Bridge and across to Sausalito. It was high up there on one of the best things I have got to experience in the States to date.
I hadn’t heard much about Sausalito before planning my trip but the bike ride was worth it over to this small fishing town. From the town, you can look across the water at San Francisco offering amazing views and cute restaurants, boutique stores and coffee shops. It was really beautiful, it reminded me of a small Italian fishing village. I rented my bike for around $25 as a single day rental, the pass came with a discount coupon to one of the restaurants at Sausalito so I decided to chill out and enjoy lunch there which overlooked the harbor.
3. Ferry from Sausalito back to San Francisco via Alcatraz
I was thankful to find that there was a regular ferry service taking people back from Sausalito to San Francisco. To get to Sausalito involved at of downhill biking and I wasn’t ready to commit to returning by going uphill. A lot of people had the same idea as me as they were also ready and waiting board with their rented bikes. Although I did not have enough time to get to the island of Alcatraz, the ferry passed close enough to take a peek at the island – it is definitely something I want to get to if I ever head back to San Francisco.
4. Visit the seals at pier 39.
The seafront is made up of piers starting from Pier 1 all the way up to Pier 45, perfect for a bike ride. Most famous of all and the one which draws all the tourists is Pier 39. This is where all the seals hang out which is really cool to see.
5. Go to the top of Twin Peaks for the view!
Twin Peaks is the highest point in the city and the view from the top is pretty stunning! You can choose to hike from the bottom to the lookout area (or an uber will also bring you right to the top).
6. Go to the beach for sunset.
Evening activities are tough when on a solo trip so I decided to head to Baker beach to catch some photos of the Golden Gate Bridge in the sunset. The beach was packed at this time – everyone had the same idea.
7. Take in the view from the Painted Ladies.
Alamo Square is surrounded by old Victorian houses – the houses painted more than 5 colors are known as The Painted Ladies, something I only learned while I was there.
8. Walk through Chinatown for the Chinese boutiques and restaurants.
A walk through San Francisco’s Chinatown will offer you a different side to the city with the main streets lined with Chinese boutiques and restaurants.
9. Walk around Mission District for street art.
Mission District was one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city. Packed full of artwork (if you read my other posts, you’ll know I’m a sucker for street art and Mission District offered some of the best!). Make sure to get to Balmy Alley and the Clarion Alley Mural Project.