I love San Francisco- easily one of my favorite cities to see. Sure, the traffic is always crazy, but the list of things to do is endless. Everything I go, there are some things I have to do and then I love finding new places to adventure as well.
The first thing I always have to do is get a sourdough bread bowl filled with delicious clam chowder. Most people go to Boudin to eat this meal which means it is always crowded. If you walked down the block a little bit more, you will come to a place called Tarantino’s that over looks the wharf. They have such good food and and big windows with beautiful views.
After that, I love walking over to Ghirardelli Square. The walk from the wharf to the square goes along the water and then up through one of the city’s many parks. Since it is all on a hill, you get a lovely view of the water. There is usually a line at the Ghirardelli shop so make sure you are prepared to wait a little bit; it usually does go by pretty quickly. The shop has many different sundaes to choose from. I recommend the warm brownie sundae- vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, a fresh brownie, topped with whipped cream and a cherry… Yeah. It is one of the most amazing things you will ever taste.
Of course, as a tourist in San Francisco, you probably want a cool picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are a lot of cool places you can go. One of my favorites is by a historical Site called Fort Point. When you get on the road to the old fort, there are several places you can stop to get a good view (and picture) of the world-famous bridge. After you get your picture, you can continue on to Fort Point. If you are a history buff, you will love walking around and learning all about this cool building under the Golden Gate Bridge.
If you have time, some other cool places to check out are the Sutro baths and Muir Woods. San Francisco is an amazing city and whether you are there for 1 day or 1 month, you will not run out of things to interest you. If you have ever been to San Fran, I would love to hear about your favorite things to do!
For Wesley’s birthday, I surprised him with a trip to California. We are both from Orange County and his parents still live in Laguna so we were able to see family, friends, and have a great time for his birthday.
We went to Huntington Beach Pier, cruised down PCH, and we went to Glen Ivy Spa and Hot Springs– it was so relaxing and so fun! We both miss California, but, we are glad to be back home just the 2 of us.
*** couple tips for you!
1.) sign up for email updates from different airline companies. When they have deals on fares, they will email about it so you can know the best time to buy tickets!
2.) Don’t want to check a bag? Save space by packing items that can be worn multiple times in different ways or by packing mostly neutral colors.
3.) Trying to save money on food while on Vacation? Pick a couple places that you know for sure you want to eat at/spend your money at. Then, for other meals just go to a local grocery store and pick up cereal or sandwich items that you can keep in a hotel fridge.
It’s true! So I am not the most creative person but I love making things. Recently my sister started getting into crocheting and other fun DIY stuff so I talked her into starting an Etsy shop with me! Right now, there are just a couple pieces of jewelry that I have made but my sister and I are adding more within the next couple days so check it out!
Also, I would love to hear the kinds of things you guys like to look for when you shop online. Jewelry? Clothing? Items for the home? I would love to hear feedback.
June- I married the love of my life and it was the best day ever! Well… the other days after that have been pretty good too. So, I guess that day was the beginning of the best days ever.
July- We spent our honeymoon in Zion National Park and it was absolutely perfect. We got to go on hikes, adventures, relax, and eat delicious food. It even rained for a couple days so we got to lay in bed, leave the windows open, and listen to the rain.
August- At the beginning of the month, we went to Southern California because Wesley was a groomsman in his best friend’s wedding. He looks great in a tux 😉 At the end of the month, we went to St. George, Utah for my best friend’s mission farewell. She is now serving a religious mission in South Korea!
September- I have some of the greatest friends in the whole world. One of those friends won tickets to be in the pit at Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour in Salt Lake City. It was so much fun and you can check out more pictures here!
October- My parents came to town so we could go to the General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We got to spend a few days together and hear some inspiring words. It was a lovely time and I love spending time with my family.
November- Wesley’s parents came to visit us for Thanksgiving. It was awesome hanging out with them and I am so grateful that my mom-in-law taught me to make a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
December- our first Christmas as a married couple! We went to Northern California to spend Christmas with my parents, my older sister and her husband and babies, and my baby sister who I had not seen in a year! It was a great end to the year and I loved spending Christmas with my family and my amazing husband.