There’s something magical about the San Francisco area, don’t you think?  You can stroll the downtown area, join the tourists on Fisherman’s Warf to watch the seals, or take a road trip to Sonoma/Napa for some wine tasting.  No matter what you decide to do you’ll feel the energetic vibe San Fran has to offer.

Tyler and Michelle Holm on San Francisco, CA BridgeAlcatraz prison with Tyler and Michelle Holm San Francisco, CAPainted Ladies San Francisco, CALands End trail San Francisco, CA

The Alcatraz tour was the highlight of San Fran for me. We took the last tour of the night (the only tour which allows you to stay on the island a little longer and learn more about the history). Buy tickets very far in advance (I’m talking MONTHS). Also, be sure to watch the movie Escape from Alcatraz starring Clint Eastwood before visiting to get a sneak peek at some of the history behind the prison.

The Painted Ladies are nostalgic San Fran and a perfect place for a picnic, at least according to the Tanner family!

Looking for places to eat?  You’ve come to the right city!

R&G restaurant– Famous for their salt and pepper crab.  If you arrive and think “this can’t be the place she was talking about” trust me, it is. Just walk down the stairs to the basement and sit down. It will be worth it.

Fishmonger’s EatWith-Ever tried an EatWith? If not this is the one to try. He hosts events twice a week and most sell out immediately (1 month out). Don serves 5 course meals in his home and has top honors on Trip Advisor for his delectable dishes.

Farallon– Fantastic seafood ($$$) and great wine in a fancy atmosphere (feels like you’re under the sea looking up at jelly fish) and it’s located in the Union Square area.

Sift Dessert Bar– Hands-down the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. We tried 4 different cupcakes and loved them all.  Be sure to make this your stop for dessert.

After devouring all the amazing food you may find yourself yearning for a run to burn off some calories but one look at some of the hills throughout San Francisco may make you think twice.  Although the Lands End trail isn’t long it provides fantastic views of the bridge, it’s flat, and ends in a nice, safe area of town to continue your jog.