Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge
We woke up early and headed off to the most obvious location first, the Golden Gate Bridge. Our first view of the bridge was from our drop off point - Torpedo Wharf. Although expecting crowds, here we found ourselves sharing the company with only the local fisherman. This viewpoint ended up being our favorite of the bridge from the whole trip.
After taking in the sights at the base of the bridge we decided to make our way up to start our stroll across the bay. From Fort Point, the pedestrian walkway is only a short uphill walk. Once at the top we started our 1.7 mile hike across the Golden Gate Bridge.
On the opposite side of the bay we made our way to Vista Point, one of the more popular lookouts. We found this to be much more crowded than Fort Point and Torpedo Wharf but once we made our way through all the people we were rewarded with another amazing view back towards the city. Once we had our fill of the scenery we made our way back across the bridge on foot.
Grab a few Local Pints
After our morning hike we got thirsty so it was time to hit the local breweries.
Anchor Brewing is the oldest craft beer brewery in the United States, dating back to the Gold Rush. Unfortunately, for this trip, we didn't have time to check out the brewery tour at their facility. Instead we decided to go to their beer garden located in The Yard across from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
From there we walked over to our next brewery stop, 21st Amendment Brewing. Given its proximity to the Giant’s home field it’s a very popular place for a pre-game drink. As it was game day, we were unable to find any empty seats inside the brewery and had to make our way into our second beer garden of the day. Back home we really enjoy their Hell or High Watermelon, so it was a great experience to try it straight from the source. They even add a little watermelon slice to the brim of your glass!
Stroll through Historic China Town
San Francisco is also home to the oldest and largest Chinatown in the North America. I’ve always had an interest in Asian art and architecture, so this was an obvious stop for us. As we stepped through Dragon Gate it was interesting to see how much the city changes. The sweeping roofs, lanterns strung across the roads, and the unique storefronts made it feel like we were transported into a completely different city.
Explore Lands End
After a bit of rest we made our way back out in the early evening to explore a little more. We headed to Lands End - an area we only heard good things about. We entered the park through the east end to being our hike on the Lands End Coastal Trail. The views along the trail were one of a kind. We even spotted a whale making its way across the ocean.
By sunset we had arrived at Sutro Baths on the opposite end of the park. The baths themselves were a little crowded but as we made our way down the the beach we were greeted with more privacy. While the cloudy sky didn’t make for much of a sunset, it was still a great way to end the day. We watched the waves crash against Seal Rocks and even stayed long enough to see the fishermen make their way onto the beach to make their final catches of the day.