My name is Shirin and I am an Iranian American living in the Pacific Northwest. Welcome to my journal where I share my travels throughout the PNW and beyond!
You will find travel itineraries, PNW bucket list hikes, and PNW weekend getaways, road trip ideas, and more! My aim is provide travel options for the working professional living in the Pacific Northwest to take advantage of your free time and get out in this big wide world!
November 1, 2022
San Francisco is for all! A city in constant movement, but at the same time, laid back. You will find a lot of people in the tech industry, as well as a very diverse population. Soe people may even consider San Francisco the “New York” of the West coast. One weekend in San Francisco hardly feels like enough time, however two days is better than none in my book!
Though there is an array of ways you can spend your weekend, I will write down some things that I especially enjoyed in my one weekend in San Francisco.
Start your evening exploring chinatown. You will likely find yourself here throughout the weekend as San Francisco is very walkable or you will be taking the trolley from place to place. Here, you may stumble upon delicious eateries and cafes, or drinks and weird stores!
After exploring chinatown you will be hungry and wanting more views! I then suggest going to one of the many San Francisco rooftop bars. Some personal favorites are: El Techo de Lolinda and Rooftop 25. Rise Over Run also recently opened in October 2022, though I have never been. I have heard fabulous reviews as the food menu is prepared executive chef Joe Hou.
Start your morning with some amazing coffee and breakfast, and make sure you have your stylish comfortable shoes on! The options are endless. Choose somewhere near to you or take a long walk. A local coffee shop that was pretty snazzy was Blue Bottle Coffee. Though a chain, they started nearby in Oakland! Another great coffee place is Craftsman & Wolves.
After you have started your day with coffee and a walk, and good thing you have those shoes on!
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Okay, now on to the good part. With those comfortable shoes of yours you will want to walk or take some kind of transport down to the Fisherman’s Wharf. Spend some time at the wharf and soak in that entire area.
Now for the good part! You will want to find a bike rental and you will be in for the best bike ride ever! You will bike from Fishermans Wharf to Sausalito. I promise you won’t regret this! Some places you can look into bike rentals are: Bay City Bikes, Bike and Roll and Blazing Saddles.
Never heard of Sausalito? Well, neither had I until this bike ride! It is probably the cutest most romantic town you have ever seen! Across the Golden Gate bridge this charming town awaits you!
During this bike ride you will be going over the Golden Gate Bridge (talk about cool!), and biking through some beautiful sections. You may also want to spend an hour or so at the Golden Gate Park to further explore this area. On the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, you will be biking along the Marin Headlands. This section is protected land with unobstructed views of the city. At a leisurely pace this may take 2-3 hours to bike from San Fran to Sausalito. There are a few uphill sections that you may feel the need to walk, but there are so many photo opportunities you will be stopping multiple times anyways! It is a pretty pleasant ride as much of it is off city streets and you feel like you are in a completely different city as you go through the more rural areas.
Once you have arrived in Sausalito you will want to take your time checking out all the shops, restaurants, parks, and scenic sights. I took hours here and don’t regret a single moment. Watching the sunset was so beautiful. Once you have had your fix of this charming town you can bike back or take the Golden Gate ferry back! Make sure you check schedule times while planning your trip.
Chances are you spent most of your day and evening here, however if you end up making it back to the city before evening rolls around then I suggest treating yourself to some goodies at Ghirardelli. If you haven’t had dinner yet, I would take yourself to Coqueta for some tapas!
You will want to start your day with a wonderful breakfast at Foreign Cinema, Sweet Maple, or Brendas French Soul Food. After breakfast you will want to explore San Fran as much as you can! Explore the wall art graffiti along Mission Street. Then, walk the streets and check out the famous Alamo Square Park, where you will also find the Painted Ladies House. After all this walking, you will be hungry and will want to check out Bar Crudo or Kin Khao.
By now, it is likely time that you precious time has come to an end. I hope you enjoyed your one weekend in San Francisco and Sausalito and hope you continue to create your own trails traveled!
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