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3 days in San Francisco

I planned a short trip with my parents during the past holiday to San Francisco; tried to escape from the snow and cold, as well as some sight seeing and exploration of new culture.

We took an early flight so that we can arrive San Francisco early, and utilize the rest of the day. Both my parents and I bought a T-Mobile tourist sim card for $30 USD after arrival, which includes 2GB of data, and unlimited USA calling and text messages. I booked a one bedroom suite in the Richmond district on Airbnb, 5 mins walk to Golden Gate Park. Rental car was booked on the 3rd day because we were heading to Monterey and Hwy 1.

Arrival day:
Everything went smoothly as I planned, and we checked in around 1pm. After a quick bite at local restaurant, we headed off to sea cliff area and Baker Beach. It’s all walking distance from our Airbnb. It took us about 40 minutes to get to Baker Beach while wondering around the streets of sea cliff area, enjoying the sunny and warm weather, and the nice houses with spectacular landscaping. Finally at the Baker Beach, it’s the perfect place to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge in the afternoon. The ocean waves was lapping gently onto the shore; peaceful and relaxing.
Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach

We stayed until sunset, then it becomes too cold to take night shots; and my cell phone went out of battery. arhhh….
San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Baker Beach Sunset

Day 2:
San Francisco Botanical Garden – Free admission from 7:30am to 9am
Japanese Tea Garden – Free admission from 9am to 10am
Isn’t this perfect timing? After our breakfast at Airbnb, we took a short walk to these two gardens. Completely different, in terms of styles, sizes, and elements; yet they both bring people this peace and harmony, away from the busy modern life, and an appreciation of the nature.
San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden

After our morning garden visits, we each got a day pass, and headed to downtown San Francisco. Union Square -> Cable Car -> Lombard St -> Fisherman’s Warf -> Pier 39 -> Filbert Steps
San Francisco Cable Car

San Francisco Lombard Street

Pier 39 Sea Lion

The night ended with a much needed sit down dinner with oysters, mussels, tacos, seafood chowder, and white wine at Bar Crudo.

Day 3:
I picked up my rental car at a nearby Hertz, and headed off to Twin Peaks. What a gorgeous weather!
San Francisco Twin Peaks

Then we headed to Highway One. We stopped at a Succulents Garden on the way, but that will be in another post. Maybe we spent a little bit too much time at the Succulents Garden, and the day is a lot shorter in the winter, we didn’t have enough time to enjoy the scenery of Highway #1. We did catch the sunset, again.

Bixby Creek Bridge California Highway No 1

People are super nice in San Francisco, drivers always yield to pedestrians. Ok, all the steep hills make the walking a little bit challenging physically, especially with elderly people. So a day pass would be a good idea! I am sure I’ll go back another day!

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