California has some amazing escapes and beautiful urban oasis. It’s a surfer’s paradise and a connoisseur’s playground. Let’s not forget its Redwood forests, beautiful ocean coastline and home to the most national historic landmarks known to man. I’m in love with California and hope burns inside of me that I will return to this magical place one day. The memories I made here will keep my focus on chasing moments and not things for the rest of my life. I’m so proud of myself that I walked away from that unhealthy relationship when I did. I would have missed out on one of the best weeks of my life. I have absolutely no regrets for putting Tiffany first. My story can fill you in on why I went to California.
Fun | Adventures| Memories
Coronado Beach allowed me the opportunity to see surfers in action for the first time. It was a great experience seeing them ride those heart-pounding waves, fall off and go at it again. Have any of you ever driven through a beach community before? I saw some lovely homes, but it was the glass houses that caught my eyes. I guess if you have an oceanfront property you want to make sure you have the best views of the oceans. Well, a glass house is a way to go! This beach is tucked away behind an ocean front community and the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Where are my Marilyn Monroe fans? I spent every evening at this beach while I was in San Diego.
Walking along its shores was one of the most relaxing experiences I had in a long time. Something about the ocean calms you and makes you more creative and connected to life. It gives you that awe feeling. It reminds you to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. What I wouldn’t do to live close to the ocean.
San Diego Zoo is like going on an adventure across the globe from Africa to China and down to Australia. Expect to see exotic animals from all over the world from snow leopards to Komodo dragons and one of the largest koala bear colony outside of Australia. This zoo is beyond amazing. It’s one of four zoos in the U.S. that houses giant pandas and the most successful zoo in panda reproductions. So if you have a love for pandas but not a budget to travel to China don’t worry the San Diego Zoo is just a quick trip away.
The animals’ exhibits are very natural similar to what you would expect to see in the wild. I was blown away by all the lush green vegetation and exotic wildlife it offered. At one point, it felt like I was walking through the jungles of New Guinea. Mesmerize by the sound of beautiful exotic birds singing about and acres of rare and endangered animals. Make sure you have on a good pair of walking shoes you will walk several miles without even knowing it. If you do get tired, you can hop aboard a double-decker bus or zip across the sky in the ariel tram Skyfari for a peaceful view of the animals below. The San Diego Zoo is incredible!
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Beach is full of excitement. From classy shops and endless sidewalk cafes to sea cliffs and rocky reefs. It has a children’s pool where you can swim with seals and sea lions. How cool is that? It’s not a very big beach, but its picturesque coastal waters make it worth the trip. The views are beyond spectacular, as waves come crashing against the sea cliffs. The sound of the ocean’s roar is unforgettable and a great experience.
La Jolla Beach
The Children’s Pool
Balboa Park is beautiful! It has a little bit of everything to see. Museums, gardens and fig trees. My most memorable time here was walking between the roots of the giant fig trees. The roots grow partially above the ground which is a grand spectacle to see. Walking among these giants put into perspective just how small I am in this world. Balboa Park is also the home of the San Diego Natural History Museum where you can explore and learn about the rich history of San Diego.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Fishermans Wharf is one of the most touristy and famous neighbors in San Francisco. It covers several blocks along the waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square to Pier 35. In my option, the Fisherman Wharfs is the best place to stay while visiting San Francisco. The hotels in the Fisherman Wharfs is a bit pricey than other neighborhoods, but everything in San Francisco is pricey, so you might as well go with the best. Staying in the Fisherman Wharfs has its many perks. You’re in walking distance of the Bay, world-class restaurant and the famous Pier 39. It offers a broad range of activities from bay cruises, big bus tours to the only aquarium dedicated to the diverse marine life and unique ecosystem and more.
Golden Gate Bridge is one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks. It’s the 8th longest suspension bridges in the world, and one of the most photographic bridges in the world. The best way to enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge is to walk across it or take a boat tour of it. Either way, you’re guaranteed to experiences one of America’s greatest engineered pieces of art. Did you know the Golden Gate Bridge is orange and not red? It’s a vermillion orange that looks red until you see it up close. Interesting facts I’d say.
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz was a former Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco Bay. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals. It’s now a public museum that draws hundreds of tourist every day to visit its three-story cell houses. You can book a tour to get a historical experience of Alcatraz, or if you’re a chicken like me and not keen on walking the halls of a former penitentiary, you can hop on a boat tour that circles the island as it carries you out to the bridge. You have several options on booking tours to Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge so go with the one that best suits your needs.
Painted Ladies looked just as beautiful in person as they did on the television series Full House. Did any of you grow up watching that show and wished you could live in one of those houses? I did! The Victorian style homes are located in the beautiful Haight-Asbury neighborhood in San Francisco. This area is full of beautiful historical homes so plan to spend at least an hour exploring this place. You won’t be disappointed.
Day Trip from San Francisco
Carmel Highlands General Store
Big Sur is one of the most impressive stretches of coastline I’ve ever seen. Many say it’s the most beautiful drive in the world and I can believe that! Surrounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Everywhere you look, you’re surrounded by beauty. If you’re lucky, you can see whales, dolphins and sea otters swimming about. Here is where you can see one of the world’s tallest single-span concrete bridges, the iconic Bixby Bridge. It was an incredible experience seeing this bridge especially after seeing it in countless luxury car commercials and movies. I give a vivid encounter with my experience here in my story post you can hear more about this place there.
Yosemite National Park is amazing. It’s a place that has to be experienced to understand its greatness. Every time I think about my experience there I want to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming. I still can’t believe that I got to experience YNP! Talk about a dream come true. I almost feel unworthy to have seen something so beautiful. Yosemite is more than just a walk in the park…
Yosemite National Park
The drive was very similar to that of the Pikes Peak Highway in Colorado Springs. If you haven’t checked out that post feels free to do so. The only difference was I wasn’t in the driver’s seat this time. I opt for a bus tour up to YNP, and it was an experience to remember. Yosemite is a vast region and can’t be seen in a week let alone a day. Taking a tour to Yosemite allowed me to see several of the highlighted parts of the park. It was also great hearing about the history of Yosemite and connecting with other travelers. Even those that I will never see again but will remember the experience we once shared together.
Life is all about making choices. What choices will you make this year? Will you choose to travel and enjoy the freedom that it brings? Or make excuses for why you can’t go. No more excuses… Plan, save and travel! I look forward to hearing all about your travel experiences. Do share.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”