San Francisco (California)

Driving Through America’s Southwest – Day 12-14

Southwest Trip: Day 12-14 – San Francisco

The final destination of our trip was San Francisco. We had three days to spend in one of my favorite cities before we flew back home to Canada.

After spending two weeks in remote areas of the country, it is always a difficult transition back to busy city life. It definitely takes time to reacclimate and readjust to driving 12 lane freeways.

We did not have any specific plans for the final days of our trip beyond some family obligations.

The day before our departure, we drove our favorite road in the Bay Area—Skyline Boulevard. This narrow two-lane road runs almost 90 km along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains and offers some incredible views of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Bay Area to the east.

We hiked in the Windy Hill area, which offers wide open, unobstructed views of Silicon Valley with Stanford University below.

Next, we went to Half Moon Bay and drove toward San Francisco along the spectacular Route 1.

For an hour or so, we watched dozens of highly skilled surfers on Pacifica State Beach.

In San Francisco, we visited Baker Beach, the original location of the Burning Man.

Later, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoyed a quiet picnic at Marin Headlands with a spectacular view of San Francisco.

And that was it. Our southwest trip was over, and we were ready to fly back home.

San Francisco - Southwest Trip: Day 12-14 1
View from Marin Headlands
San Francisco - Southwest Trip: Day 12-14 2
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco - Southwest Trip: Day 12-14 3
Telegraph Hill
San Francisco - Southwest Trip: Day 12-14 4
San Francisco - Southwest Trip: Day 12-14 5
by Viktor Elizarov
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