San Francisco Highlights: How to See the City in a Day

Go on a California road trip, check! Crossed something off of my bucket list this month… I’ve never been to the West Coast before, so I could not be more excited to go on a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. The first stop of our journey: San Francisco!

I’ve heard so many great things about San Francisco, so I had some pretty high expectations going in. 😉 We started off our day at Baker Beach, where we had the most amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Apparently this place can get very crowded, but luckily we were there on a Tuesday morning, so we basically had the entire beach to ourselves. The soft sand, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks, and the iconic bridge in the background… it was perfect, almost as if we were on a secluded island.

baker beach golden gate bridge san francisco

baker beach golden gate bridge san francisco
Top: Zara • Shorts: Zara • Shoes: Bershka

Next we made our way over to Alamo Square, home to the row of famous Victorian houses, the Painted Ladies. Throwback to Full House! I’m obsessed with all of the houses in this area… they’re all so unique and have their own personalities. If only I could afford one, right? I’d kill to live there, ha!

alamo square painted ladies san francisco
Just having a picnic with the Tanners
alamo square san francisco
I mean, #housegoals, am I right?!

Unfortunately we weren’t able to ride the cable cars because the line was too long (and frankly we were too lazy to wait, LOL!), so instead we drove down the one and only Lombard Street. It was quite an experience — I couldn’t help but think of that scene from Princess Diaries!

lombard street san francisco

lombard street san francisco
Why are the houses in San Francisco just so darn cute?

When we reached the bottom we grabbed a quick lunch at Golden Star Vietnamese Restaurant. Tucked away in a corner of the busy Chinatown streets, this place is filled with locals and has cheap, authentic, and delicious pho.

gold star vietnamese restaurant pho san francisco

After lunch we headed over to the waterfront for an afternoon stroll along the piers. We stopped by the famous Pier 39, where we saw Alcatraz from afar, as well as a family of sea lions resting on the rocks. A clam chowder bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf was the perfect way to cap off the day.

pier 39 san francisco

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We were blessed with the most beautiful weather, so San Francisco has set the bar pretty high for California. 😉

Tomorrow we’re headed into nature… Can you guess where we’re going?

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