Bella Ispirazione

3 days / 2 nights in San Francisco

We arrived on day 3 of our West Coast road trip, after driving Pacific Highway from Los Angeles.

Day 4:

We took the car and went from our  Airbnb to Trader Joe’s (market) to buy bread and coffee for our breakfast and some other stuff for dinner, then we took the bus to go downtown SF.

The bus/bart tickets could be a little complicated, because there are different prices depending on where you are going, but you have to know this price to buy the ticket since the machine will ask you how much money you want to add to your ticket. It was very confusing to us, but at least we found a guy that explained it to us. If you want to understand it better, I recommend you to look at this web.

It took us around 50min to go from Daly City (airbnb) to the Golden Gate bridge by bus. Once in there, we walked around to have different photo angles and followed the trail to Crissy Field, where you get a pretty good shot of the bridge and also Alcatraz.

The rest of the day we continued walking and walking in San Francisco, which sometimes might not be easy due to the hills. We passed by:

  • Palace of Fine Arts, which was closed (Mondays closed)
  • Lunch at Brixton (regular)
  • Octogonal House
  • Lombard street (overrated):

  • Fisherman’s Wharf (we didn’t like much this area)
  • Pier 39. The nice part of this pier is that you can see sea lions, but honestly after all the sea lions that I saw in Elephant sea view point, I was satisfied
  • Ghirardelli to have hot chocolate

To visit all these points we walked close to 15km and we ended up super tired so we took an Uber to our Airbnb, for 25$ (not expensive at all).

Dinner was tamales and salad that we put together in our airbnb.

Day 5:

Today we took our rented car to go to San Francisco from our Airbnb. Around 9:30am we were at Twin Peaks that has this nice view of all the city, but sadly today was a little foggy and maybe poluted.

We then stopped by the painted ladies (better to go in the afternoon because the sun light was not pointing at them). The real “full house” house was our next stop. I might have spend a lot of my time as a child watching this show, I loved it, well still do.

These last two stops were in the city but we didn’t have any problems parking. The same was for our next stop: Sausalito.

To visit this town we drove through the Golden Gate bridge, which I think it’s worthy, we all liked it.

While in Sausalito, we walked by the floating houses and then had lunch at The Fish. I haven’t talked much about food in the US West Coast posts because American “gastronomy” is not my favorite, nevertheless, I think The Fish restaurant was decent enough to deserve to mentioned it in this post. I ordered the tuna sandwich and it wasn’t bad.

These were pretty much the plans we had for today, but by the time we were done it was way to early than expected, so we went to the SF Museum of Modern Art (25$), it was a nice choice because they have a photography exposition that I loved, together with their permanent gallery. I think I even like this MOMA more than the one in New York. The museum’s parking was 4$ every 30minutes. We paid 24$ in total.

Also, it was nice that we went to the museum because we crossed part of the downtown and got to see the Transamerica Pyramid building beside the downtown vibe that remained me of NYC.

For dinner, since our experience with the food here hasn’t been nice, we went to Whole Foods Market to buy a salad and went to bed early cause tomorrow we are heading to Yosemite.

On the next day, we left early to Yosemite.

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