We first met Karl in 2015 when I took a trip to visit friends in San Francisco. Karl? Karl. Karl is the official name of the San Francisco fog. Don’t believe me? Check his twitter
San Francisco gave me a new appreciation for how gorgeous fog could be (as long as you had ample cloud-less opportunities to get photos as well)
Here’s a quick recap of my 6 day trip to San Fran, with appreciation for Karl.
Our trip started with a hike up Tank Hill, near where our friends lived. How is it that this looks exactly the same in the movies? While this hill isn’t as high as Twin Peaks, it still allowed for an incredible view, without needing a car and logistical planning.
Sausalito & Marin Headlands
We spent the day at the adorable water front town of Sausalito. Waterfront cafe, seals swimming in the water, and a beautiful ferry ride. The ferry ride can be charged to your clipper card, in addition to the trains, subways and buses. We regretted not getting the weekly pass when we were there. We drank on the water front, because how could we not.
After Sausalito, we headed back for the grand view: The golden gate bridge from the Marin Headlands. Though we certainly could have stayed here all day, eventually we headed down to walk over the bridge. Holy Fog Batman is all I can say.
Golden Gate Bridge pt. 2 – A 20 mile Bike Ride
We rented bikes from Fishermans Wharf to bike over the Golden Gate bridge (look online for coupons, it’s way cheaper for the same places). The bike ride might have been my favorite part of the entire trip. You ride through the Presidio, near Crissy Field, and it’s nothing but blue skys and the towering bridge in front of you.
Once you cross the bridge, you’ve done about 7 miles and are in Sausalito. Since we had the bikes for 24 hours, we decided to extend our journey and see more of the area, biking 13 addition mile to Tiburon. If you have the time, you should 100% do it. Its a gorgeous (though admittedly challenging at times with the hills) ride, and well worth it for the views. You can then take a ferry back to San Francisco (don’t worry, you don’t have to get all the way back). Have cash to buy your ticket or buy it before you bike over, as Tiburon does not have a ticket office.
Do the night tour.
You 1. get a beautiful sunset view of the harbor 2. it’s spookier and 3. There’s more programming/activities at night.
Tickets sell out weeks or even months in advance, so be sure to book as soon as you know you are going to San Francisco.
Cards, Boats, Planes and Trains
I think during my stay in San Francisco, we took every method of transit, included the famed street cars and cable cars. The cablecars were fascinating and slightly terrifying – when they go downhill, you’re essentially free-falling (free-rolling?) down a hill.
We did a lot of wandering this week, each day stumbling on more great views. Cities shouldn’t be this picturesque. It’s unfair.
On our last day, we did the last item on our must do list – burritos in the Mission district and visiting Mission Dolores park. Both lived up to the hype, I can not lie.
This is by no means a complete list of what I did in San Fran, but rather a quick synopsis of fog and fun. A full list of places eaten and sights seen to come!