Make Your San Francisco Vacation a Real Treat
A San Francisco vacation can be an overwhelming experience if you haven’t spent much time on the West Coast. It’s easy to lose yourself among the winding streets, gorgeous architecture and sweeping ocean views that characterize “The City By The Bay.” That’s why The Parking Spot decided to round up some of the best things to see, experience, and eat while you’re visiting San Fran. The Sights No San Francisco vacation is complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, arguably the city’s most iconic locale. Spanning the gap between the San Francisco Bay and Marin County, the towering suspension bridge allows drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to make an unforgettable scenic crossing. If you want to get a postcard-worthy photograph of the bridge, you’ll need to travel to Marin County and visit Battery Spencer, a former military fort that offers picturesque views of the bay. For a real spectacle, head out just before dawn and watch the fog roll in. When you visit the Golden Gate Bridge, take a moment to unwind amid 1000 acres of nature in Golden Gate Park. Situated in the heart of the city, the sprawling park features attractions like the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers and a museum housed within the California Academy of Sciences. You can start at the east end of the park and spend a whole day taking in the sights until you reach the surf-friendly waves of Ocean Beach. If you want to stage your own Escape from Alcatraz, jump on a ferry and visit the infamous abandoned prison. Once you’re on the island, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll through abandoned cellblocks that once housed notorious prisoners like Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. A self-guided audio tour, which features interviews with former guards and inmates, is included with the purchase of a ticket. The Tastes You’ll want to start the culinary exploration of your San Francisco vacation by visiting the famous Chinatown neighborhood, home to some of the nation’s finest Asian cuisine. If you’re in the mood for some seafood, head over to R&G Lounge, where you can try salt and pepper crab or prawns cooked with garlic. A trip to Z & Y Restaurant will satisfy your craving for some supremely spicy Sichuanese food cooked with plenty of hot peppers. A jaunt down Mission St. will bring you to the original Mission Chinese Food, where lines constantly form for dishes prepared by award-winning chef Danny Bowien. While you’re in the Mission, make sure to partake in the affordable tacos and burritos offered by La Taqueria. You’ll find more adventuresome Mexican fare at Velvet Cantina, where crispy white fish tacos covered in jalapeño pineapple slaw and s’mores nachos are complimented by pitchers of margaritas. For some organic, locally-sourced tamales and empanadas, head to Gracias Madre, a Mexican restaurant that is known for its vegan-friendly menu. Before you board your flight to the West Coast, make sure to take advantage of The Parking Spot’s affordable airport parking. We’ll take care of your vehicle while you treat yourself to an amazing San Francisco vacation.