Travel Tuesday: San Francisco

 

This week we have our sights set on leaving our hearts in San Francisco. From the outrageously divine food and beverage scene to the historical buildings, trolley cars, and museums, San Francisco is sure to make an impression. San Francisco is an art-lover’s dream, with a vast array of museums, and for those who love nature, the number of gardens to walk does not disappoint. This historical city is charming, to say the least with its still-operating trolley system and collection of venerable restaurants. The public transportation in SF is phenomenal and offers great discounts to those over 55, making it easy to travel all around the city. We highly recommend booking a trip of your own! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite senior travel tips for enjoying San Francisco including places to stay.

San Francisco Senior Travel
San Francisco Senior Travel

 

What to See:

Golden Gate Bridge

The world-famous red bridge spans the strait connecting the san Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Completed in 1937, this bridge is a blast to drive or walk across!

 

Fisherman’s Wharf

Located on the northern waterfront, Fisherman’s Wharf is a highly popular tourist destination, but still a fun place to walk around for people-watching and shopping. Lots of restaurants here as well.

Palace of Fine Arts

This Greco-Roman palace & architectural attraction hosts an ever-changing roster of performing arts. See a dance or theater show and walk around the grounds!

Ghirardelli Square

This public square has the usual hotels, shopping, and restaurants, but most importantly, it houses the former headquarters of Ghirardelli chocolate. Enjoy their delicious ice cream and chocolate desserts while you sit or walk around the square.

Japanese Tea Garden

This garden is located with Golden Gate Park and was originally built as part of the World’s Fair in 1894. A beautiful place to enjoy tea in the teahouse, walk along paths lined with koi ponds, and enjoy the beautiful architecture of the pagodas.

De Young Museum

Also located in Golden Gate Park, the De Young has a great array of fine art exhibits as well as a sculpture garden. The building itself is amazing with a full copper facade.

USS Pampanito

This US Navy submarine was on patrol in the 1940s and served as the Naval Reserve training ship in the 60s and 70s. It is now a museum open to the public and house don Fisherman’s Wharf.

Legion of Honor

This museum of fine arts houses art representing the historical, political, and social movements of the previous 4,000 years. We are excited about the new Klimt and Rodin special exhibit on until late January 2018. Also, the view of the city from here is perfect.

Where to Eat:

La Ciccia

Specializing in Sardinian cuisine, this rustic spot serves homemade spaghetti and octopus stew alongside a 180+ wine list. This establishment is a tribute to Sardinia.

Tadich Grill

Known as a “traditional, authentic San Francisco restaurant,” Tadich Grill is also California’s oldest restaurant. The focus is on fresh, local seafood in a bustling, old-timey atmosphere.

Zuni Cafe

A James Beard award-winning restaurant, Zuni Cafe serves food incorporating traditional Italian and French cuisines. It’s famous for its roast chicken and other wood-fired, sustainably sourced meats.

Delfina

A more casual option, Delfina offers traditional Northern Italian dishes in a neighborhood trattoria setting. The wine list is also amazing.

Colibri Mexican Bistro

A great spot to enjoy upscale Mexican cuisine with the rich flavors, textures and traditions from ancient Aztec and Mayan foods like chiles and corn along with Spanish and French influences.

Wako Japanese Restaurant

This omakase restaurant presents unique sushi and other Japanese small plates. A definite must for any sushi-lover.

Where to stay:

Wyndham Canterbury

Chelsea Motor Inn

Hotel Nikko

Marriott Marquis

Galleria Park Hotel

 

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