Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Travel Diary: 5 Tips for Visiting San Francisco!

I'm so excited to present another Travel post! After being on exchange, I really had the urge to look for more travel opportunities and of course deal hunting! I recently flew down to San Francisco with my boyfriend to take a little vacation! And I wanted to share some highlights of our trip as well as tips!

#1 Check AirBnb

If you haven't heard of AirBnB before, it's a website where you can find accommodation in other people's homes. But they made a platform where it's safe and secure. We looked into this after realizing hotel prices are ridiculous in San Fran, and was able to live in a whole apartment (although still small) for less than what hotels were charging. Find out more on AirBnb.com

#2 Go San Francisco Pass

I originally thought this was an amazing deal because we wanted to go to Six Flags. It is $115 for 3 days and you get admission to 30 attractions. You can also buy it through Alcatraz Cruises and get a free admission to Alcatraz which is worth $30. Overall I thought it was a good deal but depending on what attractions you are hitting up, it might not be worth it.

Through this card we rode on the Hop on Hop off bus which I normally would never have spent the money to do! It was cool though hearing a guided tour and history about the city.

We also got to see the Golden Gate bridge right at the edge which would have been hard to do because we didn't have a car!

#3 Golden Gate Park

This park is huge! So don't expect to be able to walk through it. They have a shuttle you can take advantage of but it only runs on weekends which is a bummer.

We went to California Academy of Sciences which was fun and interesting! Although I feel like it's more suited for younger kids. My favorite part was the room where you can experience an earthquake!

Just remember, the gate isn't in this park!

#4 Attend a Giants Game

I've only gone to one other baseball game before and that was in Toronto. The atmosphere in San Francisco is completely different though as it felt like the whole city was packing into the AT & T Stadium!

The actual stadium is gorgeous and is right on the water! The game was fun to watch and surprisingly went by pretty quick. This is a fun thing to do when visiting a new city!

#5 Visit Alcatraz

To be honest, I wasn't very excited to visit Alcatraz. But it turned out to be one of the best highlights! The audio tour is absolutely fantastic and I learned so much about the history of the island. It was also beautiful to look back into the city and we got some wonderful pictures!

We also went to the Aquarium by the Bay and Ripley's Believe it or Not. These were okay but might not be worth it if paying full admission. I loved eating oysters at the pier. There was also a hidden old school arcade at the pier that was super neat!

A really cold trip!

I'm going to stop before this gets too long but if you need any more tips or want to ask me any questions feel free to leave a comment or email me!

Have you been to San Francisco before? What's your favorite activity on vacation?


  1. I live in San Diego and, trust me, everything in California is expensive haha. Your trip to SF looks fun and makes me want to go. I'd love to go see Alcatraz. You should definitely come back to California sometime for the whale watching, sounds lame, but it's totally fun and beautiful!

    xx MochaLexy

    1. Ohhh I definitely want to visit San Diego! Must be so sunny and warm there.
      I'll keep whale watching in mind thanks! ;)

  2. Your boyfriend's jumping picture looks so awesome ~ I would love to visit Cali one day... and the whole of America too! Your pictures are beautiful x

    ♥Kay | imladiiekay | Beauty & Lifestyle blog ♡

    1. Thank you! He loves his jumping pictures haha.

  3. I've never been to San Francisco, but I would like to visit there one day. Thanks for stopping by! I love hearing from my readers. I have a beauty blog too. I would love it if you could check it out and give me some tips.


  4. airBnB is awesome! i've used it for Paris, Bangkok and NYC and they've always worked out. i love living in an actual apartment rather than a hotel room. you feel like you're actually 'living' there.
    i really want to go back to San Fran! esp want to go with teh bf. looks like you had a great time :)
    A Beautiful Zen

  5. San Francisco is definitely one of the places I would love to go. I've only been to NYC for US. Sounds like you had loads of fun! I would so love to visit Alcatraz.

    Thank you for dropping by my blog a while back. Hope to have more 2-way communication with you!

    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

  6. I was recently on an internship in NYC and booked a room through Airbnb.com, it's a really great website because you don't have to pay crazy hotel prices!