Our Honeymoon Adventures: San Francisco
My birthday just so happened to occur while Josh and I were on our honeymoon, so he let me choose all of our activities that day.
At the top of my list?
Our very first visit to San Francisco! Home of cool breezes, lingering fog, and of course, the Golden Gate bridge.
For as long as I can remember, I’d been wanting to see this beautiful city. While we didn’t have nearly as much time to spend there as I would have liked, I was thrilled at the chance to visit for the day.
Once again, we woke up early and headed straight for Route 1 / The PCH. This time, we headed north. Along the way, we saw more gorgeous scenery and lots of farmland. It took us about two and a half hours with all of the stops that we made.
We stopped and saw the picturesque Pigeon Point Bluffs and Lighthouse.
We found a random, cliffside pull-off just before Año Nuevo State Park that offered some stunning ocean views.
(We also sought out a Target so I could buy socks, since I forgot to pack any...(Wedding brain!))
Finally, we made it to San Francisco!
We drove around the city for awhile, taking in all of the sights, including:
- The painted ladies (The “Full House” house!)
- Alamo Square Park
- Alcatraz Island
- And more.
After working up an appetite while sightseeing, we grabbed lunch at the mouth-watering “Herbivore” and loved it. We were recently saddened to find out that this gem is now closed. After a little investigation, it doesn't seem that anybody knows why. Sad face.
After our tasty lunch, we took a short stroll around town. Then, we headed straight for the main event - The Golden Gate Bridge!
Did you know?
The Golden Gate Bridge is not named after it's color (which is technically "International Orange"). It is named for the Golden Gate Strait which it spans; the narrow entrance between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. (“Fact vs. Fiction,” n.d.)
This iconic, rust colored bridge had been the center of many a daydream for both Josh and me, and now we were finally going to drive over it!
As one who is pretty frightened of heights, driving 746 feet above the cold, choppy water was a definite thrill. It felt great to face my fears and check something off of my bucket list at the same time.
Once we reached the other side of the bridge, we couldn’t resist the temptation to get a better view and snap some photos, so we hopped on Conzelman Road and headed toward the Marin Headlands.
We found what seemed like a hundred pull-offs perfect for gorgeous photo-ops. We got some great shots of the bridge, and I had the very best time driving on this gorgeous, twisty, and winding road. I felt like an old-timey movie star with my sunglasses on and the breeze blowing through my hair.
We made our way through the serene and romantic headlands, loving every minute of it. Once we were beyond the touristy lookouts, it seemed as though we had the entire place to ourselves. It was fascinating to us that this sort of tranquility lay just a few miles outside of the hustle and bustle of the city. We would definitely like to spend more time exploring this place in the future.
I could have driven around all day, just taking in the views and basking in the sunshine. However, we had a full schedule and places to be! ;)
After a while, we exited the headlands and drove a little further north.
We were headed for my favorite stop of the day:
Muir Woods National Monument. (Check out my next post for more details!)
Neither Josh nor I can wait until the next time we get to visit San Francisco. There are soooo many things to do and places to visit - Restaurants, tours, and more. For now, though, we are happy with what we got to see and do. Best. Birthday. Ever!
What are your favorite things to see and do in beautiful San Francisco? Please share below!
Fact vs. Fiction. (n.d.) Retrieved March 31, 2017, from Golden Gate Bridge website: http://goldengatebridge.org