Exploring San Francisco

Where to explore:

It was my goal to visit as many places on our list as possible within a few days! If you’ve been following me for a while you know I love pretty backdrops and always do my research on places with the best views before a trip! So below are some of my favorites that are great stops if you are traveling with friends or a significant other!

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Bernal Heights Park- Pretty views of San Fran! It’s an easy hike to the top where you will find this swing! Pro tip- go earlier in the day. You won’t have to wait to snap a pic on the swing! However- this place still flies pretty under the radar so chances are there might be 1 or 2 other people waiting to snap a pic.

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Golden Gate Bridge Lookout- Battery Spencer located on the other side of the bridge from San Fran in Sausalito. It’s the best place for a pic of the city with the bridge! It tends to get crowded and parking can be a battle. I suggest parking down at the bottom and walking up. It only takes about 15 minutes. Pro tip- return for sunset and drive all of the way to the top. It’s unreal! (Bam Margera from Jackass asked my BF to take his photo here, haha!)

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Baker Beach- You can’t really go wrong driving anywhere along the coast, but this was another spot on my list. It’s the best location to get the beach and Golden Gate Bridge in one photo. (see photo below!)

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Point Bonita Lighthouse- According to a local this spot is still pretty undiscovered by most, but totally worth the hike. (Another easy one!) It was pretty foggy while we were there, but when it would break the ocean and cliffs we're beautiful!

Where to stay:

We wanted to stay in the heart of San Fran so we were close to all of the places we wanted to explore. The Clift, located in Union Square, was just what we needed and not to mention we had great views of the city from our windows. We stayed in a one bedroom suite. This includes, a dining area, living area, bedroom, bathroom, and vanity room. What more could you possibly need?

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The Clift Royal Sonesta- Sometimes you just want breakfast in bed! I highly recommend!

Napa Wineries:

We figured since we had traveled all of the way to the West Coast, it was only right to check out Napa while we were there. Plus, it’s only a little over an hour from San Fran! We stayed in an AirBNB for the night that was close to the wineries and then just hopped around all day. I mean wine not!? ;) #WhenInNapa

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Round Pond Estate- We were on the hunt for palm tree lined streets and based on my extensive research (ha!) I know of at least 2 that have them! Round Pond Estates and Scribe Winery. Pro tip- Both wineries need reservations. I would book a week in advance.

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Robert Mondavi Winery- I love Robert Mondavi wine so this was a no brainer. Plus you can buy by the glass and don’t need reservations. :)

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Domaine Chandon- Calling all champagne and sparkling wine lovers! This is your stop, plus the view is gorgeous. Not a sparkling wine fan? Don’t worry they have still wines available by glass! Pro tip- most wineries require reservations. This one does not!

Domaine Chandon - Chase took this shot with his drone!

Domaine Chandon- Chase took this shot with his drone!

Where To Eat & Grab coffee:

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Palm House Restaurant- Caribbean cuisine. If you’re looking for a lively vibe, cute decor and yummy tacos and margs. Check out Palm House! All of the food has a fun Caribbean twist, like ceviche in a coconut! (See below!)

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Home Coffee Shop- I love anything rainbow so when I heard Home Bakery had Birthday Cake Lattes, well I’ve never made an easier decision. It really does taste like birthday cake in coffee form.

7 Most Instagrammable Places in Palm Springs

1. The Saguaro Hotel.  A boutique hotel known for it's bright colored walls, amazing views, and epic pool parties! I stayed here for the ALT SUMMIT conference and could create a whole album with all of the photo ops here!  (Photo Credit- Christine Hanks Photography)

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2. Ice Cream & Shop(pe).  This place is a true gem with its retro vintage vibes! Plus you can shop while you eat ice cream, what's better than that!? They have the cutest little gift shop with Shop Bando items, pool floats, basically everything you don't need but want! When in Palm Springs right... ;)

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3.  That Pink Door.  I don't think it needs much explaining, no better photo op than a pink door?! Am I right? Plus the giant cactus in front really screams Palm Springs. Unfortunately, as of last week I believe the owners have banned all photos from being taken in front of the house :( BUT I do believe they still take business inquiries so there's hope! 

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4. V Hotel Palm Springs.  One of the newer hotels in Palm Springs but still has the PS charm! I love their subtle, more muted vibe.  Pro Tip- You should definitely order room service and have it delivered pool side! Their cocktails & sliders are delish! (Plus they make for great photo ops!)

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5. Ernest Coffee.  Coffee is a must so why not venture to this super cute, rustic coffee shop! Make sure you take your drink out to the patio where you can enjoy it on banana leaf seat cushions and snap some pics while staring at the mountains & palm trees in the distance. 

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6.  The Party Lions.  Three doors down from the Pink Door and also part of the "door tour" is this fun house! The owners have an ever changing display of fun pool floats on the lions! We happen to catch the pink inner tubes, and champagne bottles! (Not pictured, yes we went back twice!) The owner happened to be pulling out as we were taking photos, she waved! 

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7.  Street View. This is the street the houses featured above are on. This view screams take a picture of me! Looks like a movie scene if you ask me.  

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