Travel Journal: San Francisco

We've taken a hiatus from my travel journal due to the bustle of the holiday season, but I'M BACK AND READY TO ROLL.

When you're attempting to travel around the United States in a month, you end up over-estimating what you can do and things need to be cut out of the trip on the backend. You could spend a month in California alone, so I knew we'd get a very shallow whirlwind view of the state.

Los Angeles

We drove from The Grand Canyon, past Las Vegas and on into L.A. Driving in L.A. was, well....interesting. And a struggle. There were trucks in flames on the side of the road and unbelieveable traffic. Regardless, we were able to drive through some notable parts of the city, and stopped at a bar to meet my college friend, Liz and her hubby. We made it to the Santa Monica beach where theIt felt so good to be reunited with an old friend. We decided L.A. would be a good place to Airbnb, so we went that route. 

Route 1

Route 1

Route 1

Next, we drove to Route 1 on the coast and all the way up. My favorite stop along the way was Santa Barbara. We treated ourselves to foot massages, and explored the farmer's market and beach area. The drive up Route 1 was long and windy, but I enjoyed it so very much. The steep cliffs and blue/green waters left me completely awe-struck. We reluctantly left, cutting over to San Francisco.

San Francisco

If I get to go again, I'll prepare a bit more. I was NOT properly dressed for the cold and wind.  We made some notable stops, though. La Taqueria had amazing burritos, which many of you know is one of my favorite foods in the world. Tartine Bakery has some phenomenal desserts, pastries, and sweets, but the line is long so you just have to be prepared for that. It's a *can't miss*. Other amazing activities included viewing the Golden Gate Bridge and Park, countless indie coffee shops, local businesses and boutiques, and amazing foodie options. In my mind, the biggest downside was that we picked a random Airbnb in an area I wasn't so fond of. I didn't feel super safe, and it was EXTREMELY expensive (worse than NYC). I do want to go back, but only when I can afford to do it right. :) Go for the food, coffee, and beautiful parks. 

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, photo by Laura Beam

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, photo by Laura Beam