My Mother was visiting me for the week, when we decided that we should take a day trip to San Francisco for lunch. The flights were wide open and the weather seemed like a non issue.
We landed at San Francisco just a little after 8am, made our way off the plane and began to follow the signs to the BART, which is San Francisco area’s rapid transit system, short for Bay Area Rapid Transit
You can get on the train at SFO and get off in downtown San Francisco. The ride is about half an hour long, but allow closer to an hour end-to-end by the time you buy tickets and wait for the next train to arrive. Using BART is easy, and you don’t even have to go outside to get to the station. A one-way ride from SFO to Embarcadero cost us just under $9 each, we bought our tickets from the automated machine and the next thing I knew we were on our way to the bay area.
We got off the train at Embarcadero and strolled a few blocks through many artist pop up tents, made our way to the Wharf.
Located right next to the financial district and right off of the bay, Ferry Building Marketplace is a must visit spot. They have tons of great offerings like Blue Bottle Coffee, Cowgirl Creamery, Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, and everything in between. Whatever you are in the mood for, you can find it in the market and enjoy it with a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge. We came on a Saturday and we lucky enough to enjoy the farmers market, beautiful flower, produce and many interesting items such a insects for a snack.
We took a walk from the ferry building up through all the odd-numbered piers on our way to see the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a lovely sunny day and lots of people also out enjoying the weather.
We saw the famous Coit Tower and then stopped to have a cup of tea and fresh warm beignets.
Of course we had to make it to the end of the boardwalk to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
My mom and I rode the F Line Street Car from Fisherman’s Wharf to Castro then back again. We were able to look at all the sites down the Embarcadero and Market Street to Castro. This is an excellent way to see the City if time is limited.