Where do you begin when there’s so much to see with such little time to explore? To me my YOLO spirit kicks in and there’s nothing stopping me from making the most of every minute in the day…sleep on the plane or in the car(if you’re not driving) because Im about to send you on my whirlwind day trip to get the best taste of San Francisco!
Im so blessed to have visited San Francisco so many times, from family adventures, working Super Bowl and NBA Finals as a Makeup Artist. This is my favorite city and has way more to offer than city vibes, you just have to venture across the bridge…
Before you grab a coffee and suit up in your favorite Golden State Warriors gear make sure you follow these helpful tips to ensure your day in the city goes as smooth as possible:
1.) Download your Uber App on your phone to navigate through the city
2.)Pack light! Phone, Phone Charger, Credit Cards, Cash, Travel Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Hand Sanitizer, Lotion and a scarf( yup, depending on what time of year you go, the fog in the am and towards late afternoon can roll in and change the temp).
3). Comfy shoes, be prepared to WALK! You will have buns of steel if you decide to conquer the streets of San Francisco and may be ready to book a massage the day after!
You ARE READY so get a good nights sleep and set your clock for an early rise….
7AM Coffee, Avocado toast(so cali) and Eggs- you get the hint, eat a good breakfast! One of my favorite joints is Cafe Bellini on Powell Street
8AM Cable Car at Powell & Market...on your way there you can hop on/and off so you can catch Iconic Lombard Street
8:30am- 130PM Walk or Uber from Hyde Street to FREE Bikes , Best Bike rental to explore the wharf, bay trails and the bridge ( If biking is not for you, no worries, Uber will be your best friend)
For you up for the challenge here’s a sample map; starting at Free Bikes and Ending at Sports Basement to drop off your Bike.
OR You can Uber down to Fishermans Wharf for lots of touristy shopping, food and souvenirs… My fav places down by the wharf Blue Mermaid, great for Breakfast and have the best Clam Chowder served in a Sourdough Bowl. And if you need a little extra “sugar” in your Coffee, make sure to Visit San Francisco’s Historic The Buena Vista for their Iconic Irish Coffee….
Destination to do List:
Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
Walk Across the Bridge(1.7 miles across one way)
Marin Headlands Lookout point(Battery Spencer)1 mile from Vista Point to Lookout
**YOLO Moment take a Uber from Battery Spencer up the headlands towards field Rd/lighthouse to the most amazing, epic, breathtaking views of the pacific ocean, Bridge and City. Kirby Cove(black sand beach and amazing private views of the Bridge) 3.3 miles from Bridge to Beach
2pm-Im sure you’re starved at this point after all your adventuring…time to feast at one of my favorite Pizza places ever! Welcome to Pizzeria Delfina …
make sure you order the Burrata its heaven! If the lines are too long at Delfina because they are a local love, venture across the street to Taco Bar & satisfy your sweet tooth with a Pink Champagne Cupcake at Sift
3:30pm-FULLHOUSE Alert…IF you are a Full House fan than you might have to pay a visit and have a DJ Tanner moment at Alamo Square across the street from The Painted Ladies
OR you can skip & head to Alcatraz Cruises
NOTE the last Night Tour leaves the dock at 4:45, PLEASE buy tickets ahead of time, it will sell out!
4:45-7pm Alcatraz Night Tour….PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE if you can check out Sunset by the Lighthouse in Alcatraz, if its a clear night the views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset are AMAZING!!!
7:30pm Late Dinner, Decompress, drink lots of Vino and get ready for the best sleep of your life because you have been busy!!!
Some of my favorite Dinner options(make sure to make reservations):
OK….are you alive after your day of adventure? Yes, there are still are so many destinations in San Francisco you can visit, Fine Art Museum, Coit Tower, China Town(the best China Towns in any city), Golden State Park, Bakers Beach, Japanese Tea Garden…the list goes on…However, this is why I love San Francisco! You get the vibe of the city and hop in an Uber and 10min later be in complete, serene nature….San Francisco is truly a depiction of why the WEST COAST is the BEST COAST!!!
Share your San Francisco Moments with us and #VineandOakTribe …love to see SF through the eyes of ya’ll!