San Francisco is one of the quintessentially American cities that I love, it’s also one of the most picturesque.
We decided to make our way over to Baker Beach, Presidio for our morning hike.
We heard the beach before reaching it, the gentle crashing of the waves against the moss covered rocks and the screeching of the seagulls overhead. Our feet sank into the sand with every step along this nudist beach, though much to my chaps disappointment nothing was on display the day of our hike. Snug in our boots we carried on along the beach and braved the salty slap of mother nature as we went.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Our hike was a 3-mile stretch of the rocky coastline with full views of the Bay. If you wanna avoid the tourist trap of approaching the Golden Gate Bridge from Fisherman’s Wharf, which is always crowded, this is a wonderful way to approach the bridge. There are cosy picnic benches dotted about should you like to take a break midway. The views are nothing short of magnificent! So even if you are not much of a hiker (as you can see by my outfit), and are umming and ahhing, Do It! You’ll be thanking me later!
Upon reaching the bridge, you will have a chance to peek at the iconic prison that held the infamous “Scarface” Al Capone. Although, the best complimentary photo opportunities are from Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf (if you don’t want to queue for the tours), where you can have panoramic views of Angel Island and Alcatraz. A word of warning, it’s absolutely heaving with tourists so be prepared to delicately swat those selfie sticks from your face. Though on the upside, be sure not to miss the adorable sea lions lounging around on neighbouring docks.
If you do have the time, there are some ferry or if you are feeling rather fancy, helicopter tours, that include a guided cell-house tour of Alcatraz that leaves from Pier 33. We headed to www.tripadvisor.com to narrow down our list of the best tours for “The Rock” here.
We were fortunate to stay at the very central Grand Hyatt San Francisco, which is right smack in Union Square. If you are quite the shopaholic and do not have a porter to carry your packages this makes for the perfect stay.
I took this picture of Coit Tower, after a hearty breakfast from their members’ lounge which incidentally also serves complimentary food and drink in case you get peckish and don’t mind some bubbly orange juice and a view of the city and this art deco tower perched on Telegraph Hill.
Photography and Styling | Shan Lee
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