Did you get the day off from work yesterday? What did you do? We spent the day bopping around in San Francisco. It was the perfect blend of touristy and local. We rode the ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf, then walked up to Coit Tower and through North Beach until we got to Chinatown, where we ate lunch. We finished the day by walking along Market street back to the Ferry Building, where we caught a ferry back to Oakland.
It was such a gorgeous day!
The ferry ride from Jack London Square in Oakland to San Francisco takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on where you get off.
The views from the ferry are always amazing.
Once we got off the ferry, we walked over to Pier 39 to wave at the sea lions.
Then we walked from Pier 39 to Coit Tower. This is about a half-mile walk. There are a lot of stairs and hills involved, so it’s a little bit of a workout.
The photo below is my son Bear walking along the wooded path below the tower. It’s hard to believe this park is in the middle of the city; it’s so peaceful and quiet, and it smells amazing – so woodsy and fresh.
We walked up and over the hill. Here’s Josh with Coit Tower in the background.
Right below Coit Tower is the neighborhood of North Beach. You can see tons of iconic San Francisco spaces and places as you meander through the streets here.
If you keep heading south, North Beach blends into Chinatown, which is a great place to grab lunch.
From Chinatown, you can continue walking south until you hit Market street. Pop into Daiso if you can – it’s a Japanese dollar store, and it’s got treasures galore inside.
See’s Candy is a few doors down. Select a piece from their huge array of choices. (Hint: they also give entire pieces as free samples!)
The Ferry Building is at the end of Market Street.
It’s a beautifully restored building, with the feel of an open-air market inside.
The building is filled with dozens of gourmet and specialty shops.
This is a great spot to grab coffee or a snack before you get back on the ferry.
Spend a few minutes to soak up the incredible views from the docks.
Here’s a map of where we walked. The entire route was about 3 miles. It took us all day to walk it, but that was kind of the point. 😉
Have you been to San Francisco? Do you live here, as well? What are some fun things that you like to do in the city?