San Fran was the ultimate highlight of the trip and the perfect destination to end a phenomenal journey across North America. It was a breathtaking city, full of charm, fun and it had such a unique atmosphere to it. Blue skies and sea, floating fog, trams and spots of colour surrounded the streets.
We were here for five days which was a great amount of time to get to know the city. We spent the first day wandering the streets, visiting Union Square and browsing through the market where I picked up a lovely tote bag. The first night in SF was the night the official tour with G Adventures ended, luckily we booked a few extra days but most people were leaving which was really sad. We all had a farewell dinner at a karaoke restaurant and then reminisced at a local bar.
The next day, we were lucky enough to experience San Francisco and Gay Pride, the streets were buzzing, we were surrounded by laughter and splashes of rainbow colours from everyone's clothes. Zig-zagging out of the crowd we found ourselves at a quiet park where we took the time to relax and take in where we were and appreciate the time we had left in the city.
If you are stuck for breakfast places to feast at, I would definitely recommend Honey Honey, which was located down the road from our hostel, Amsterdam Hotel. It is a popular cafe and gets busy around nine o'clock but soon dies down, we ordered eggs benedict and it was sublime! It even came with crunchy hash browns. They also had a fresh orange juice machine, it was the best way to start our day before we got exploring!
To get around the city we bought a two day pass on The San Francisco Bus Tour company. We basically used this as a taxi around the city, you hopped on and off as you pleased. - That's if you don't mind hearing the same tour guides talk you the whole way around again and again and again. My favourite place to stop was Pier 39, the iconic pier with seals, shops and beautiful views of The Golden Gate Bridge. I loved this place, it was so unique. We also stopped off at 'Chowders' where Jack and I both had a bread bowl filled with white chowder it was seriously delicious - you will be missing out if you don't try this! You can even get free postcards - winning!
On the bus tour we also got to ride across The Golden Gate Bridge and don't worry it stops off just before so you can get your instagram shot! It really is iconic, and driving over it - well let's just say hold on to your hats. On our last day, the gate was covered in the famous thick fog which I was so glad to catch sight of. If you get the full tour ticket, you can also catch a ride across the bridge and over to Sacremento. You can get off and wander around; we walked the streets filled with shops, ate an ice cream and took in the scenery of the gate and city sky line. On our final day in SF, we went shopping and bought some souvenirs in China Town until it was time to catch the airport shuttle in the afternoon.
And it's over. I hope you enjoyed The North America Travel Series, it was an amazing travelling experience and I wouldn't have changed it for the world. I've loved sharing these moments with you, and thank you for all your lovely comments over the passed few weeks. If you have any questions or want to know more drop me a comment or come chat to me over on Twitter (oh_january). (And see more photos on Instagram here: hanxah)