Who tried the Orange Marinated Steaks from Monday? Yum! The weather this weekend is perfection! I am loving outdoor dining. Its time for our third road trip of the Summer BBQ and Road Trip series: San Francisco Pier 39.
One of the most popular things to do in San Francisco is to visit the waterfront. Stroll down the Embarcadero (the waterfront street) to Pier 39 to visit the sea lions, look up the hill to catch a glimpse of the iconic Mandarin Orient Hotel, swing by Fisherman’s Wharf for some clam chowder, then hike up the Filbert steps to the Coit tower for great views of the bay.
What to Do?
1. Hike up the Filbert Steps to view the Coit Tower.
2. Grab a clam chowder and sourdough bread at Boudin Bakery.
3. Visit the sea lions at Pier 39.
4. Visit the shops on Fisherman’s Wharf. You can find flavored sugars, tea, and fun puzzles if you head up to the second floor.
5. Jump on a ferry and take a tour of Alcatraz.
Filbert Steps & Coit Tower
On my last visit, after twenty minutes of trying to find parking, I managed to nab a spot in a residential area. I thought we could just wander around until we found the Coit Tower. It’s huge, how could we miss it? Then quite accidentally we stumbled upon the Filbert Steps and I have no intention of ever going to the Coit Tower another direction again. There are an insane number of steps but the beauty of the way is well worth it. The steps climb their way through hillside gardens and homes. The views are breath taking, but what really got to me was the peace of it. Its one of the quietest spots in the city. The smell of the flowers, the far off views, and the quiet really call for a moment to pause and appreciate this amazing city.
What an iconic symbol of San Francisco. Although it is lesser known than the Golden Gate Bridge, the Coit Tower is a must see at some point in your life for both locals and visitors. The views are breathtaking both during the day and at night! I recommend walking up the hill or taking the stairs if you can. It’s worth the effort. Luckily, for those who aren’t inclined to take in the steep stairs, there is parking at the top and frequent cabs.
Delicious sourdough bread, delicious clam chowder, and delicious waffles! You just can’t go wrong. Boudin is located right along Fisherman’s Wharf. The food is delicious, to find it you just have to follow the scent of fresh bread! They have a big window where you can see the bread being made. They make really fun shapes of bread: turtles, bears, sharks, etc. Boudin also has a really neat marketplace with all kinds of unique food and kitchen gifts. Everything is quality, not like the rest of what you find on Fisherman’s Wharf. Boudin is a great place to stop if you get a chance!
Buy tickets early! Right now they are sold out for the next month. It’s worth the effort. Alcatraz is an incredible experience. The boat leaves from Pier 33 where there is a cafe and gift shop. The boat trip is far too short! I love being out on the bay. The penitentiary is an imposing building, but the island itself is small. Expect lots of walking and tons of information!
Fun fact: Nonprofit groups are allowed to apply for a permit to spend the night on Alcatraz.