It’s crazy to think that I’ve been married for twelve years! Time really does go by quickly. This year our anniversary (St. Patrick’s Day) ended up coinciding with the American Counseling Association’s yearly conference, in San Francisco. We decided this was perfect for us. We’d take an “adult-only” trip to San Francisco, and I’d go around and visit all the places I wanted to while Tony was in his sessions, and then later, we’d do the Golden Gate Bridge, walk around, and have our anniversary dinner together. We ate at Jardiniere, and I would highly recommend it!
It was the perfect trip for us, and I had an incredible time visiting San Francisco. The following are some of my favorite places I visited during my visit.
My Top 10 Places to Visit in San Francisco
10. Walk Crissy Field
Crissy Field is near the Golden Gate bridge, a former air field, turned into beach and walking area. It has beautiful views of the city and the Bay. Tony and I walked from the Golden Gate bridge down to Crissy Field, and I loved these rock art formations that people had left behind for others to see!
9. Check out Chinatown & have Dim Sum
We stayed downtown San Francisco (South of Market area), so it was easiest to just walk everywhere. Chinatown was alive with colors and shops. It was so much fun just perusing the streets. Around every corner was something new. Tony was at his conference the morning I walked around Chinatown, which was fine with him since Dim Sum isn’t his favorite. If you’re looking for somewhere inexpensive, but still tasty, try
I mean, who doesn’t want to ride a cable car? It’s probably one of the most quintessentially San Francisco things, and yet it’s still pretty awesome! It made for a fun outing to my day, and really, who wants to walk the GIANT hills of San Francisco anyway.
7. Boat Tour of the Bay
I’m a huge fan of water, and boats, so taking a boat tour of the Bay was just a no brainer. The tour I took went from bridge to bridge, so I had a great view of all of San Francisco and the Bay area. The tour included a headset and recording that explained the history of San Francisco and the Barbary Coast, as it was formerly known as.
6. Fisherman’s Wharf
There is so much to do at Fisherman’s Wharf, and yes, I did do some of the touristy things: Madame Tussauds, The San Francisco Dungeon, Ripley’s Believe It or Not. I also ate incredible fresh clam chowder, and had delicious ice cream. I really enjoyed wandering aimlessly and taking in the sights.
This is a huge farmer’s market that happens every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This was another thing I did while Tony was busy with his conference. There were so many bright colors, food, flowers and crafts. It made for a fun, meandering morning.
4. Check out the de Young Museum
I LOVED the de Young Museum. During my visit, they were doing their annual Bouquets to Art exhibit, and it was incredible! As you can see in the first two pairs of images, the bouquets were created to give the feel of the art, or even re-imagine the art. The museum not only had bursts of color everywhere, but it smelled heavenly. I also fell in love with an art piece that was created entirely of burned wood hanging from almost invisible strings. It was beautiful (seen in the two middle images of the second row). The last image may seem like a small piece of art, however, it was a huge tree stump, with roses and other flowers all around it, hanging from the ceiling. I took this photograph from across the room on the second floor balcony. I wish I had a better picture to show its enormity!
3. Go to Off the Grid’s “Presidio Picnic” Sunday Food Truck Party
After walking most of the way through Presidio Park, we stopped at the Main Post Lawn and had some food truck food. We enjoy watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and Guy Fieri has an episode where he tried the San Francisco Food Truck Señor Sisig. It just happened that they were at the Presidio for the Kick-Off Party of the Sunday Presidio Picnics. I got the California Burrito, and it was a flavor explosion in my mouth. Tony had a BBQ brisket sandwich from one of the other food trucks in the area. Definitely check out the Presidio on Sundays for food truck deliciousness!
2. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
This was one of the things on my bucket list. I’ve always wanted to walk the Golden Gate Bridge. √ Tony and I did this the morning before we left, and although I wish we’d done it on a clearer day, I’m not sure we really had one during our visit. I’m also really glad that bikers and pedestrians no longer use the same path across the bridge! If you only have a short time in San Francisco, I highly recommend at least going out to the bridge, even if you don’t walk across it. It’s a nice highpoint, where you can get a beautiful look at the city below.
1. Japanese Tea Garden:
The Japanese Tea Garden, in Golden Gate Park, was hands down my favorite part of my trip. It was an incredibly beautiful day, which only highlighted the amazing scenery there. It was so serene and lush. A friend and I walked around for awhile, just soaking up the beauty. The pictures below do not do it justice. It was also one of the least expensive things I did the whole trip too!
Our trip to San Francisco was definitely one to remember, and I’m so thrilled that I was able to have this alone time with Tony. Five days was definitely not enough time though, as there were still other places I wanted to visit.
I also recommend saving up for this trip. San Francisco is not cheap, and if you want to try a multitude of amazing areas and foods, it’s going to cost.