Welcome to the honeymoon series! For our honeymoon, we passed up the traditional lying on a beach in the Caribbean for a NorCal road trip that spanned 12 days and the northern half of California. Post one? The one and only San Francisco. Arriving in San Fran, we were instantly enamored, driving the hilly streets that lead to views of splendor. Maybe it was tasting the gusts coming off the mountainous coastline while peering at the unbelievable Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps it was the infusion of culture. Either way, it was spectacular.
WHAT TO DO :
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
The Golden Gate Bridge is the opposite of a tourist trap. You’ll likely feel the historical waves gush over you as you stare at it’s iconic beams. And you, as many million others do each year, will connect with a piece of this planet that has been discussed, viewed, photographed and experienced through lenses from a profusion of others. The iconic, and surprisingly accessible wonder of the west coast that opened to the public in 1937, The Golden Gate offers vistas of Marin County that were previously only accessible by boat. Park your car, and walk the pathway around the bridge where you can take photos of it from several different vantage points.
Golden Gate from the other side
A zig-zagging street with a bevy of flowers, greenery and lovely homes, Lombard street (although at a SLOW speed because of the volume of others doing just that) is a must. Note that is is extremely hilly in San Fran, with lots of stop signs at the top of these large hills. As such, drive with caution ;)
A short drive up a winding road leads to “Twin Peaks,” where one can achieve a beautiful view that looks down on the City by the Bay. The view is enhanced when it’s not cloudy. Also of note, the windyness a top the mountain, which can easily knock you down on a particularly gusty day!
Though Hannah didn’t really want to go to the top of Coit, the view of the city provided was so majestic that she was glad we did. We didn't have time to explore Alcatraz, but we got a great view from the top of Coit. We even have one of the photos from the top of Coit hanging in our new condo to remember just how picturesque a view it is.
WHERE TO EAT :
In full transparency, at the time of this trip, we had just gotten married. We were kind of poor. So, we may or may not have had In-N-Out burger 3 times during our time in San Fran. #Nojudgements
Downtown San Fran, NOVY can be found in the Novy Hills neighborhood, and offered Greek and american eclectic food. The pasta and sweet potato fries (an odd combination, I know) was a fitting way to end an SF day. Small restaurant, great vibe. Very much a part of the SF community. Yes, Hannah ordered brocollini.
A true California icon. The fries are Hannah’s favorite “typical fry” in all of America. The special sauce on the burger, and the crispness of the lettuce and tomatoes used ensure a magical experience. An absolute must whether you’re on a budget or not.
With 6 locations all surrounding the Bay area, Gott’s is a staple for locals and visitors alike. A fun, inexpensive atmosphere meets a trendy and food-forward restaurant which offers primarily burgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood and MIND-BLOWINGLY delicious fries. Try the garlic fries.
(It was also featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives)
More of our NorCal road trip coming very soon!
Thanks for traveling with us!