Whether it is a quick weekend away or a cross country road trip, traveling and going on adventures is one of our family’s favorite activities and is a big priority for us! In fact, we have a dedicated savings account just for family vacations and even if some months we only put in $10, we always put some money in. Then when we have saved up enough we plan our next adventure! This summer we went to San Francisco! Neither of us had ever been before and it was a wonderful week long vacation with our two sweet kids in tow. They did awesome with the long car rides, busy days, and tons of walking. It was such a fun time and no one wanted to come home! Why can’t vacations last forever?
Here’s what we did:
- Union Square
- Trolley Cable Cars
- Seafood at Fisherman’s Warf
- Pier 39
- Play on the beach
- Ferry ride to Sausalito
- Explore Sausalito
- Muir Woods
- Ghiradelli Square
- Painted Ladies
- Full House house
- Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
- Lombard Street
- China Town
The highlights for me? I loved the Muir Woods. Walking around those beautiful, tall, ancient trees I felt so small and in complete wonder of God’s creations. The ferry ride was also a lot of fun! It was calm, the water was gorgeous, we got to sit and rest our feet, and went right by Alcatraz and had great views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.
In such a big and diverse city there is tons to see and I know we didn’t even come close to seeing it all but we did try to hit the major highlights! When planning our activities we kept our kids in mind and allowed plenty of time to stop and rest if their little legs needed it.
Our small umbrella stroller was perfect. It folds up easy for getting on buses and subways, or tucking in the corner of a restaurant. The streets are crowded and it didn’t get in the way and both kids slept in it at different points during the day.
When people say that San Francisco is known for its hilly streets, they weren’t kidding. Some of the streets are very, very steep. Wear comfortable shoes because you will be walking a lot, and take advantage of the public transportation. From the trolleys to the buses to the subways, we did not have a hard time finding our way around the city.
Thank you for a wonderful week San Fran! You’ll forever have a piece of our heart!
What are some of your favorite family vacations? Where should we save up for next?