Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{wanderlust} one day in san francisco

The good news: I went to San Francisco. The bad news: I was there for less than 36 hours. Nevertheless, I still managed to pack in a full schedule of eating and sightseeing. Details from my day in San Francisco are below. Next up is a recap of the fourth and final stop on our girls' trip to California: Napa Valley.

Ferry Building: The Ferry Building is host to gourmet food purveyors galore, making it the perfect place to grab breakfast (yogurt, cottage cheese and fruit from Cowgirl Creamery) and watch the commuters stream into the city. The Ferry Building is also home to an outpost of Blue Bottle Coffee.  My expectations were sky high, and I wasn't disappointed. The coffee was so good that I managed to go twice in less than 36 hours.

Telegraph Hill/Coit Tower: After breakfast, we hiked up Telegraph Hill (which took us past some beautiful homes and gardens) to Coit Tower, where we viewed the WPA era murals in the lobby and took the elevator all the way to the top.

Lombard Street: Our next stop was Lombard Street where we watched cars navigate the hairpin turns, took some photos and worked our quads on the steep incline. 

Union Street: Seeing as we climbed both Telegraph Hill and Lombard Street before 11am, a leisurely stroll through the shops of Union Street was a welcome break. 

Crissy Field/Golden Gate Bridge: No day in San Francisco would be complete without a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, and Crissy Field was the perfect place to take in the iconic landmark. We did so with our toes in the sand, surrounded by runners, roller bladers and wildlife.

The Mission: After all of that walking, it was finally time for lunch. And what better way to fuel an epic day of sightseeing than a giant mission burrito? We headed to Taqueria Cancun in  the Mission and chowed down. Afterwards, we walked around the Mission and took in the murals at Clarion Alley and the Womens' Building.

Zuni Cafe:  After a long rest, it was time for dinner. Eating at Zuni was high on my list of Bay Area to-dos, and the chicken alone made it worth the trip. A perfect end to a perfect day in San Francisco!

1 comment:

Ali said...

San Fransisco is such a great place. Too bad you were there for such a short time I know you could have written more about the place had you stayed for a little bit longer. Nice photo.