Being originally from Sacramento, I’ve been to San Francisco numerous times. However, I’ve never really “vacationed” there so to speak. My girls have been obsessed with watching Full House and Fuller House lately so I figured now was the perfect time to go. We only had a weekend to spend so we made sure that we strategically planned our time. I read dozens of blog posts about what to do, see and eat and made an itinerary for our trip. Surprisingly we ended up doing almost everything on the list. In this post I’ll be sharing what we did, what we didn’t do and my thoughts on our trip.
Our San Francisco Itinerary
11:00 AM – Arrive at Muir Woods
Muir Woods is in Mill Valley, just north of San Francisco. You must reserve your parking space online in advance (fee is $8) and you will park in the first available lot upon arrival. There are multiple trails within the park most of which are paved. The fee to enter the park is $10 per person 15 years and older.
12:30 PM – View Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Spencer/Hawk Hill
I wanted to get an epic picture in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. We also hiked up to the scenic overlook and it was extremely windy and foggy. We decided to hike to Kirby Cove first and try again with the pictures later.
1:00 PM Hike to Kirby Cove
Since it was so foggy we decided down to hike down to Kirby Cove to get a better view of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you didn’t take a picture with the bridge did you even go to San Francisco? There is sometimes a swing on the beach, however, we weren’t able to find it. The hike was approximately 1 mile each way and fairly steep coming back up. Don’t wear flip flops like my husband did.
2:30 PM Golden Gate Park
I read so many great reviews on this park and honestly when we arrived it was nothing more than a grassy open space. My daughter had fallen asleep and we weren’t able to see any play structures to entertain the kids so we decided not to get out of the car. If you’re looking for a picnic spot it might be worth checking out otherwise it was nothing special in my opinion.
2:45 PM 16th Avenue Tiled Steps
After our two hikes for the day, this girl right here had a brilliant idea to go check out these tiled steps. They were gorgeous, the view was pretty amazing and my legs were pure jello by the end.
4:00 PM Ghirardelli Square
As I’m sure you can imagine, we were exhausted after all of that traveling and exercise so we stopped by Ghirardelli Square for some ice cream. The portions are massive and all four of us shared one. After we ate, we also walked out to the park in front of the shopping area and watched people swim in the bay and caught some views of Alcatraz Island.
5:00 PM Eat Dinner
We attempted to eat at a restaurant called The Bird but when we got there, the line was out the door, it was cold and I couldn’t see much that my kids would eat on the menu. Otherwise, it did look good. We ended up ordering a takeout pizza from Whole Foods (ha!)
8:30 AM Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
We didn’t try the cruffin because we weren’t patient enough to wait and everything else looked amazing! I also found out they have 2 Los Angeles locations so we will definitely be going again.
9:00 AM Visit the “Full House” house
This home is not occupied and is owned by Hollywood. My kids were very disappointed they couldn’t go inside.
9:30 AM View “The Painted Ladies” from Alamo Park
If you’re wondering what the Painted Ladies is, it’s the Victorian houses shown in the opening credits of Full House. It is right across the street from a large park so we were able to let the girls run around and play a bit.
11:00 AM Haight-Ashbury
This is a very “colorful” neighborhood in San Francisco. Made most popular in the 60’s and 70’s. If you’re looking for vintage band tees, street art or clothes to wear to a disco – this is the place to go!
11:30 AM Drive Lombard Street
San Francisco is a weird place you guys. They even have crooked streets! We had to stop and take a picture. You can also walk it if you like but you’ll get the best views from the bottom.
12:00 PM Grace Cathedral
While we didn’t take a chance to do much exploring inside, we did admire it’s beauty from outside. There are also great panoramic city views from the steps.
1:00 PM Palace of Fine Arts
There were quite a few events going on that day so we just walked around the lake/pond and admired the beautiful architecture. My kids aren’t much for art museums but they found the outside interesting. We also saw a beautiful swan in the water.
2:30 – 6:00 PM Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf/Cable Car Ride
To me, this was the highlight of the trip. Pier 39 is a crazy tourist trap similar to the Santa Monica pier. Way too many people, everything is expensive but you have to see it at least once. On the Pier we let the kids see Alcatraz Island and the sea lions from the Pier before moving on to the Cable Car.
We rode the cable car to Union Square and somehow, fatefully, the cable car stop was right next to a Westfield Mall so of course we stopped into Nordstrom. Later, we rode the cable car back and ate dinner at Boudin which is famous for their San Francisco sourdough.
6:00 PM View Coit Tower, drive through China Town
By the time we were done eating, the tower was closed but we still hung around and got some great views. We tried to drive through Chinatown before heading back to our hotel but everything was closed up.
All in all it was an amazing trip and we all had a great time! If you want to see the live version, be sure to follow me on Instagram and watch my stories highlights from the trip.
Until next time San Francisco! If you have any questions please be sure to leave them for me below!