Tony Bennett famously explained how he left his heart in San Francisco, and just like him, this city by the bay is definitely one of the most unique places I’ve ever been to. From Fisherman’s Wharf to Ghirardelli Square. Here are some of the reasons why San Francisco has my heart.
For starters, this hilly city is beautiful and has so much to offer visitors. On my trip to San Francisco, the first stop that my dad recommended was actually the San Francisco Bay Ferry. Usually when I go and visit we take the BART ( Bay Area Rapid Transit) to get downtown, but this time I got to take the Ferry which is where I took this awesome shot of the Bay Bridge which is a part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland.
The Ferry ride is about 40 minutes but offers lots of different views of the city from the bay. Once the Ferry arrives at Pier 41, the options of places to go and things to see are unlimited. Ghirardelli Square was one of my favorite stops because they have cute shops, a beer garden, and Ghirardelli Chocolates which reminded me of a real-life Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory filled with chocolate goodies
How can I forget Lombard Street? Let me just tell you now…the traffic that this street sees is unreal so if you are driving be prepared to wait in line especially during the sunset. Luckily we took an Uber who dropped us off at the lower entrance of the George Sterling Park where we hiked up the stairs overlooking the Russian Hills neighborhood giving us a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge as well.
Once we got to the famous windy road the view was well worth the walk. The landscaping is immaculate and the vibrant colored houses are the first things that catch your eye, not to mention you can see Alcatraz Island from the top of the street before walking down the stairs.
Last but not least, let’s talk about Haight Ashbury. The birthplace of America’s counter-culture and home of the hippie movement in the 1960’s, Haight Ashbury has a special place in my heart and is my favorite place to visit while I’m in San Francisco.
I especially love wandering around in this area because I always find the best deals on unique clothing choices at the many thrift shops located down the street, and no to mention the infamous mosaic steps on 16th Avenue is only an Uber ride away. The laid-back vibe and amazing architecture is really what makes San Francisco. For all of those reasons and more is why I can say that the city of San Francisco has my heart.