Playing tourist at home in San Francisco

Well, my hubby and I always play tourist in San Francisco. We love to take long walks with our dog.  Sometimes we’ll walk around the Presidio, through Crissy Field and walk towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cross the bridge, and go down to the other side to Cavallo Point’s restaurant, and have a drink on the patio.  After a break, we head back across the bridge, through Crissy Field, stop at Dynamo Donuts for an energy booster, head towards the Marina and then down to North Beach where we usually have dinner.  (If you plan on doing a walk like this, make sure you’re actually wearing the appropriate shoes.) It’s a long walk, but it’s really worth it. (Days like this, I can easily rack up about 23,000 steps on my fitbit!)

Lacey at Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge from the SF side

Golden Gate Bridge Marin sideIf we’re not doing that route, we’ll walk along the Embarcadero.  We like to go to Frog Hollow Café, inside the Ferry Building, for coffee and pastries. Then we’ll walk down towards the ballpark -AT&T park – pass the park and down to an area called the Dog Patch.  There is this cute little café, called Just For You Café, where we can sit outside with our dog and have brunch.

The Ferry Building

Interested in a cardio workout with scenery?  Climb up the Filbert Street steps up to Coit Tower.  It’s a killer cardio workout at almost 400 steps, but it’s cool walking through the little neighborhood that supposedly has some of the oldest cottages in the city.  (I can’t even imagine trying to move furniture in and out of that area.)

Looking down part of Filbert Street Steps

If you’re lucky, the wild parrots of Telegraph Hill will be flying around as you climb the steps.  I once had a Chinese grandma pass me up on the stairs, with her bags of groceries, while I had to stop and take break to catch my breath.  I remember she smiled at me, put her hand over chest and pretended to breathe heavy like I was.  How could I let grandma freakin’ beat me up the stairs?! HELLLOOOOOOO.  When she did that, I made a mental note to get my ass in shape.  Who needs a stair climber when you can hit the steps for free, and have a great view of the bay?

There’s so much to do here in the Bay Area.  In San Francisco, there’s the Mission, the Castro, swing dancing in Golden Gate Park (check out here), foodie heaven at Off the Grid (food trucks) at the Presidio, theaters, comedy clubs, bars, restaurants etc.  There’s Silicon Valley, if you want to check out some tech companies, maybe take a picture of yourself in front of the big thumbs up picture in front of facebook headquarters.  If you want to go see some very tall, very old redwood trees, you can hit Muir Woods up in Marin County.  Heck, this area is surrounded by 4 different wine countries – Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, and Amador.  Ok, so Amador is kind of far away, but it’s still within driving distance! And FYI – I like Sonoma Wine country MUCH better than Napa Wine country.

There’s a ton of stuff to do here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you’re local, give a shout out of hidden gems of where tourists should check out.  If you aren’t a local, where would you like to go or what is your favorite place in the Bay Area?

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26 Responses to Playing tourist at home in San Francisco

  1. Thanks for this fantastic walking tour. Love your photos and descriptions. Do you end up having to carry your dog?

  2. WOW! What fabulous pics! I especially love your fur kid. 🙂 That’s such a great idea! I’ve been to San Francisco but it was many moons ago. I enjoyed it. It is still on my bucket list for places to revisit. Of course, I’d bring along a great pair of walking shoes. Thanks for sharing this fun post.

  3. Love your walking tour and insider info on some of the great walks, Hazel. Last time I was in San Francisco in 2011, I walked and walked up and down the downtown streets and then it starting torrential rains (it was in March) so I went to the modern art museum and had a fabulous day walking all the exhibits. I have a good friend in the San Fran area and look forward to returning and having wonderful outdoor walking weather.

  4. Lots of nice spots and a place that looks fun to visit. Thanks for sharing those with me, I`ve never been there before. Never know – one day! 🙂

  5. San Francisco is so high on my favorite places to visit list, it made reading your blog even more enjoyable! I used to be a fan of TV series The Streets of San Francisco’ (showing my age a bit there) and I think that’s where I fell in love with the beautiful Bay Area. I am definitely going to bookmark this page to give me some ideas of hot tourist spots to visit when I eventually get there. Your pics are amazing Hazel and I can’t wait to sip some tea and nibble on pastries at the Frog Hollow Cafe and visit some of the other spectacular tourist sites you’ve highlighted in your blog. And OMGoodness, I love your little poosh (doggy) adorable! X Thank you so much for sharing, x

  6. Please edit Hazel I should have written ‘ I used to be a fan of the TV series The Streets of San Francisco….

  7. I’ve never been to San Francisco other than the airport for a quick meeting. I’d to go and explore all the areas you mention.

  8. Your pooch is the cutest! I’ve been planning to get to San Fran. It’s definitely on my tourist list. I’m also a huge fan of wines and would like to get to Napa. A good girlfriend sings the wine country’s praises.

  9. Most of us have a love hate relationship with exercise. Thank you for sharing a creative and fun way to get a great cardio workout without really realizing we are working out.

  10. I love the Embarcadero. I didn’t have tons of time to explore more – so that is on my list when I return.

    One thing I like to do when I am visiting a new place is to ask the locals for tips. That is how I found Scoma’s on the Wharf. And I had an amazing experience there. To this day this is one of my favorite traveling memories.

  11. Great post Hazel 🙂 San Francisco is so beautiful! Love the pictures 🙂 I am sure there are so many places to see and tons of things to do while out being a tourist! Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  12. Renee says:

    Such a cool city, San Francisco, definitely on my list to visit. Great pictures, thanks for sharing Hazel 🙂

  13. Hazel..I LOVE San Francisco and it’s on my list of places to travel to again this year. I haven’t tried these areas yet. My cousin took me to China Town, she lived in Marin so we had dinner at a Mexican place on the Bay. We did the Wharf and Angel Island. I’m looking forward to returning and having more adventures!

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