San Francisco Honeymoon | The Highlights

We spent 3 days in San Francisco on our honeymoon, took over 600 photos and walked over 60,000 steps. What an amazing city to explore. We saw so much and ate lots of delicious food I couldn't not do a post about our trip. I couldn't share it all so had to put together The Highlights of San Francisco. I was 100% the tourist so don't be surprised if everything I mention features high on Trip Advisor. 
Golden Gate Bridge
We couldn't go all the way to San Francisco without going to the Golden Gate Bridge, the famous structure and most photographed bridge in the world. The first day we crossed the bridge on the  Big Bus Open Top Bus Tour and it was so foggy we could hardly see the bridge. The next day the sun came out by the afternoon and we had to go back to try again. Thankfully I got some amazing pictures with the full bridge in view. The bus tour gives you a good chance to get off, take photos and walk across. Running short of time (and after seeing the crazy queues) we stayed on and took photos from a bit of a distance. It's amazing to compare the photos from day 1 to day 2.
Whenever we mentioned our trip to San Francisco it was nearly always followed with the question, 'Are you going to Alcatraz?' The tickets sell out weeks before and it's possibly impossible to go without booking in advanced. It's the number one landmark on Trip Advisor in the US. Thankfully someone mentioned this to us and we had our tickets ready for our last day after the helicopter tour. We got the ferry from Pier 33 and admired the views on the way to Alcatraz Island. The audio tour of the Prison was spooky and really quite fascinating. The island is a National Park steeped in history with brilliant photo opportunities. I'm so glad we were organised and got those tickets booked!
Helicopter Tour
A big part of our wedding list was a honeymoon fund and we wanted to do something that we would remember forever, a bit of a one off experience. We booked a helicopter tour of the city for our last day. We were kicking ourselves for booking it for the morning as every morning was foggy and we thought we'd not see anything. Thankfully the day of our trip was much clearer and we had an amazing view. The best bit, without a doubt, was flying under the Golden Gate Bridge. We got picked up from the Hilton hotel, taken to the airport and dropped off at the pier afterwards. I would 100% recommend a helicopter trip over San Francisco it was fantastic. 
Lombard Street
One of the places we visited that I'd recommend going, just for a look is Lombard Street. There's cable cars that you can get to the top of the street but we walked from our hotel. Thankfully we ended up at the top and walked down the steps, I wouldn't fancy making my way up it. The most crookedest street in the world was so busy and there was a constant flow of cars winding their way down the hairpins and tourists all over the place taking photos. It's quite a street!
Mr Holmes Bakehouse
I hadn't looked at too many food places online before going to San Francisco but one I'd definitely seen on Instagram was Mr Holmes Bakehouse thanks to that instagrammable neon sign. I didn't take note of the address but when it was just round the corner from our hotel we HAD to go for breakfast. We waited until after 9am to get a famous cruffin and it was worth waiting in the queue! We also shared a chocolate chip cookie later on and it was possibly the best cookie I've ever had.
Pier 39
I loved Pier 39. There's so much to see and do, it might be a complete tourist haven but it's got such a good buzz. I could walk up and down exploring everything all day. From watching the sea lions fighting on their docks to playing arcade games in Players, shopping in the quirky gift shops and watching the street performers. We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp, watched them bake bread at Boudins and bought a Christmas decoration from the Christmas Shop. We did get a bit of a tip though, buy your souvenirs from China Town instead of at the Pier, they're half the price! 
Cityscape Lounge 46th Floor Hilton Hotel 
What better way to spend your last night in the city than with the best view of the city? One of our favourite things in New York was a rooftop bar with views of the Empire State Building so when we found out there was a bar with a view of the city skyline we had to go. It's located on the 46th floor of the Hilton hotel but open to the public. Once inside we were completely taken aback by the 360 degrees views. It was busy but we were able to find a table and enjoy a cocktail (and beer) and the view. I had a Noe Valley which is vodka, aperol, lemon, agave and prosecco - a tasty one. 
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