Have you ever been to San Francisco? I had been once when I was younger for a flight layover. I recall being on the wharf and seeing the sea lions. That’s about all I remember. Well, this past May, my husband and I took a trip there. I wanted to share a few things I noticed and experienced that might help you if you decide to go to San Francisco.
First things first – Take Uber. Cars were quite expensive to rent from the airport. It will also cost you an arm and a leg to park. There isn’t a free spot to park. Our Uber driver from the airport was awesome. We did a ride share and it cut the cost down quite a bit.
If you find one of the public restrooms down the wharf, use it. Even if you don’t think you need to go, go. Otherwise, you have to buy something in order to use the store/restaurant’s bathroom.
Make sure and check out the sea lions lying on their floating pads. Although they are loud and stinky, they are quite interesting to watch.
My husband and I are both lefties. So, of course, we had to check out the left-handed store. I didn’t buy anything, but it was cool to see stuff built the “right” way. It’s hard to be a leftie in a right-handed world. Oh the struggles!
Be sure and eat seafood while on the wharf. Unfortunately, we were starving and the first thing we saw was In-N-Out. Don’t get me wrong, I love In-N-Out, but I should have eaten seafood.
I especially love sweets. There is a great candy/chocolate store that is down near the carousel. I got some of the biggest marshmallows on a stick that I have ever seen. I was in heaven. My husband got some fudge and said it was by far some of the best he has ever eaten.
- The wharf/pier was quite a happening place. We enjoyed visiting and doing our own sightseeing. If you want to book tours, there is a tour of Alcatraz, a tour for Whale-watching and many other tours too. We also did a quick walk around China Town. That really wasn’t what I had expected. Little bummed.
It was time for us to leave San Francisco and make our way down to Carmel by the Sea. My husband’s sister lives there and invited us to stay. My absolute favorite part of the trip was driving down the coast. It was breathtaking!
We found an awesome mexican restaurant for dinner, it was a big hit with the locals, as well as us.
We stayed the night in this cute little hotel in Santa Cruz that happened to be right next to a big wharf. The next morning we got up and headed to Henry Cowell Red Woods State Park. It cost us $10.00 to get in and you could stay as long as you liked. The pictures do not do the size of these Red Woods justice. Holy cow! Huge!
What I loved about this park, is that there was a little map that you could take around with you as you walked around this big loop. The map had over 15 pointers that told you about a specific Red Wood that was there in the park or about Red Woods in general. The information was great and perfect if you have children with you. They would probably love to take turns reading the fun facts.
Overall, this was by far one of my most favorite trips. California is beautiful. As we headed down the coast to Carmel, we saw many strawberry fields. We stopped and picked up some strawberries and grapefruit. I ate most of the strawberries before we even got to my sister-in-law’s house. Fresh from the field and HUGE too!! I wish I lived there just for the strawberries. I’m serious. So yummy!
So, if you ever have the time, rent a car and drive down the coast of California. Stop and visit places like San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Carmel by the Sea. I would definitely come to California again and again. We had the best time!