We traveled over 3,000 miles in May to visit friends; making the trek from Boston to San Francisco. We spent six days exploring San Francisco, Oakland and doing a day in Sonoma. Vacations to white sanded beaches are definitely a favorite but exploring new cities are my absolute favorite types of vacations. Our friends had been living there a little under a year when we visited so they already knew a lot of great things and places in the area that they showed us but we also got to adventure to some new places together. Our first day was spent playing 'tourist' in San Francisco and trekking a total of about seven miles to see some of the classic San Francisco sights - the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf and the sea lions at Pier 39.
We lucked out on the first day with sunshine; our second day was a classic foggy, chilly San Francisco day. We stopped at Tartine for breakfast and in my sugar induced happiness I neglected to take any photos of our beautiful pastries. From there we strolled through the Mission, climbed to the top of Corona Heights Park, wove our way through Haight-Ashbury, stopped for lunch and beers and ended the day in Golden Gate Park sipping tea in the Japanese Tea Garden to warm us up.
Day three took us out of the city to the redwood forests. We rented a car, drove up Route 1 and hiked through Muir Woods. Afterwards we stopped in Sausalito for dinner, and made our way back in to the city over the Golden Gate Bridge stopping at the Marin Headlands to get a good view.
Days four, five and six were packed. We spent a Friday morning doing a segway tour of Golden Gate Park - a little nerdy but SO much fun. Afterwards we wandered around Chinatown and had a delicious lunch at Bund. On Saturday we again headed out of the city and spent the day in Sonoma visiting wineries, picnicking with tasty sandwiches and playing bocce ball. Sunday, our last day, we went to the dog park at Point Isabel, enjoyed lunch in Oakland and prepared for our red eye that night.