Hello everyone! It's been awhile, and we have been SO busy over here with the holidays! Then the day after Christmas we traveled to San Francisco and San Diego for two weeks, which was a blast! We have been so blessed traveling so much, but it also keeps me very busy trying to organize so many moving pieces!
We have visited San Fran so many times over the last few years (here is the recap I did of when we just visited over Thanksgiving), I wanted to share some of my favorite things about the city! Let me know if you would like me to feature any more city guides, we have a lot of experience traveling!
1. The Shopping
Well let's just start in my favorite place - SHOPPING! The shopping in San Francisco is fantastic! All the big names are there, Barneys, Neimans, Saks, Nordstrom, Macy's, and the boutique shopping is endless! I love that in SF the shopping scene is very similar to 5th Ave in New York City, but with California weather and palm trees covered in lights! January is a great time to hit the post-holiday sales, and I scored big time on some really cute pieces from Neiman's and Saks! I currently have my eye on this IRO leather jacket, I'm hoping it get marked down significantly!
2. The Hiking
I am positively obsessed with hiking, and San Francisco does not disappoint! Unlike most of California, the mountains in SF are GREEN, but like SoCal they they also bring stunning views from all over. Matthew and I love to take the ferry over to Sausalito and hike around the Golden Gate overlook.
We have also hiked all over Angel Island, in Golden Gate park, and the endless trails a little further north in the Muir Woods area! If you are a fan of hiking you will love the trials the bay area have to offer!
3. The Free Workout
SO maybe you're not into hiking, but you are into exploring the city? San Fran's hills will give you the best free workout you've ever had from walking around! Some people hate the hills, but personally I LOVE them! Pushing a double stroller up to the top of telegraph hill? I can still remember the burning sensation in my quads! Any vacation where I can burn off that huge brunch I just indulged in just by walking sounds perfect to me!
These hills are also responsible for the dramatic and unbelievable views you can experience once you have reached the top! SF is such a beautiful place. Climbing up to the top of Coit Tower is definitely worth the hike, Matthew and I did it with the stroller!
4. The Architecture
From the famous Pink ladies and the sky scraping Transamerica building to the influence of the Chinese on parks and the sprawling China Town neighborhood, the architecture in SF is stunning! Matthew and I both love Europe, and are very attracted to the European influence on many of the residential homes in the city. The beautiful pastel colors add a touch of elegance to the city. China town is also such a treat! Walking around at dusk is a fun experience so you watch the hanging lanturns begin to glow!
5. Across The Bay - Marin County!
Ahh, my favorite! Think of Marin as the family friendly alternative to the San Francisco city. Marin includes the gorgeous bay views in Tiburon, the amazing hiking and great restaurants of Sausalito and my absolutely favorite town, the magical Mill Valley! If you're visiting with a family I highly recommend either staying in or visiting Marin! It's filled with outdoor activities to keep kids playing all day (and exhaust them for an extra long nap time!) and great hiking, coffee shops an restaurants for adults.
I love visiting San Francisco and absolutely recommend traveling there any time of year! I hope this travel guide was informative and helpful! Matthew and I love to travel so much with the family, I wanted to share some of the positive experiences we have had! Later this week I will be sharing some more family news, so stay tuned!