My family recently took a trip to San Fransisco and Yosemite National Park, and it was really fun! Our trip lasted about a week, and in that week I got to have a lot of cool experiences and make a lot of memories. It was a great ending to a groovy summer! :)
There are so many things that we did that I loved, but I thought I would give you a highlight reel of my favorite parts of each place.
This trip marked my first time going to California and the city of San Fransisco. I loved California, and want to explore it more at some point, and I also really liked San Fransisco. The city was unique and beautiful and the weather was incredible! There were a lot of fun things we did when we were in San Fransisco, but here are a few of my favorites.
Muir Woods is a national monument filled with giant redwood trees. I was really looking forward to it because I love the outdoors and nature, and it was amazing! We had a delicious picnic breakfast before we started hiking, and then went in the monument, soaking in the natural beauty! We got to do some hiking & take in the gorgeous, very tall trees in all their glory, which was so cool! It was pretty incredible, and a fun outdoor opportunity.
I had The Mill high up on my list of coffee shops I wanted to go to in San Francisco, and it did not disappoint. They are well known for their toast, mostly because of the bread they make in house and are also praised for their coffee. Being both a toast and coffee enthusiast, I was excited. I got a latte with their oat almond milk blend, and a piece of almond butter toast. The coffee was great, and the toast was the best I've ever eaten, no joke.
Corona Heights Park
This park was a little climb up that offered awesome views of the city skyline at the top. My brother was really interested in going, so we put it on our list & it was groovy! The views were really pretty and it was a fun place to see them because it was a little off the beaten path, so it wasn't super crowded or touristy. I really enjoyed it and got some cool pictures.
Land's End Lookout
This was a really cool chill hiking spot my family found in San Fransisco, and it was definitely one of my favorite things we did. We spent one morning hiking around at this lookout, which had beautiful views of the bay and the city. It had a lot of cool aspects, like a cave with beautiful water overlooks, cool graffiti, and stunning lookouts featuring the golden gate bridge and the foggy city skyline.
Fisherman's Wharf is a classic San Fransisco area right on the water, where all the docks are. There were so many cute things to do along this stretch, and we took advantage of them, from mirror mazes to coffee stands. It was a really cute area, and I had a great time walking along the bay and checking out some fun little stores and attractions.
One of my favorite things we did along Fisherman's Wharf was going in the Musee Mechanique. It's a big room filled with old coin operated machines and antique arcade games. We each grabbed a handful of change and played a few games, and it was really fun. I used some of my change to get my fortune told by a machine that spit out a little card revealing your future, and used the rest on other cool machines. It was really fun!
Home Cafe was yet another one of the San Fransisco coffee houses that was high on my list of musts. They have super creative lattes, and beautiful latte art, as well as a super cute vibe in the coffee shop. When I walked in the door, they greeted me with a "welcome home!" which in my opinion is absolutely adorable. One of my favorite flavors in the whole world is lavender, and the second I saw the lavender latte on the menu, I was really happy. The latte was beautiful, and the hints of fresh lavender were incredible. If you need proof of their gorgeous latte art there's a picture below.
Yosemite National Park
The Yosemite Portion of the blog post will unfortunately be shorter, because we only got a day here. My family was supposed to stay longer, but there was a forest fire that was causing a large amount of smoke in the park. The level of smoke was pretty wild, and because of it, we had to leave Yosemite early. It was a bummer, but the time we did get in the park was so cool! Here are my highlights.
Tuolumne Meadows was a beautiful part of the park that was further away from the forest fire smoke, leading to clearer views, which were really nice after hazy views most of the day. There was a chill hike through the meadows and we got to take in some incredible views on the trail. It was a really cool area, and so much fun!
On the Tuolumne trail, there was a little area of mineral water springs called Soda Springs. they were little puddles on water that constantly bubbled up, creating fresh and clean mineral water from the ground. My dad and brother and I all drank a little bit, which is a fun memory. It had a very distinct taste, and the only way I can think to describe it is penny flavored sparkling water!
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil was a waterfall we went to see at Yosemite. There was a short, easy hike to get to it and the view was so cool. We went to Bridal Veil as our first spot of the day, and it was so pretty to see the sun rising from behind the waterfall. It was definitley a fun start to our day at the national park!
Vernal Falls was another waterfall we went to see in Yosemite. The hike up was steep, but the waterfall view was completely worth the hike. The falls were higher up, which helped to lessen the smoke level, leading to a crisper view. It was gorgeous, and the hike was really fun!
I had so much fun on this trip to California, and am so thankful for all the memories I made! If you ever visit San Francisco or Yosemite, make sure to check some of these places out! You'll thank me later! :)