Every year, I have a mental checklist of adventures and goals I want to accomplish before the end of summer. Among the items on this list always include good eats, sunsets, rooftop views, and tons of exploration. Below are some of the things that I have done so far this summer season. I encourage everyone to have an ongoing bucket list as well! Thanks for visiting.
Drinks and fruits near the poolside Exploring DTLA from above Kebabs and Wraps The Commissionary – getting work done at coffee shopsSunset-watching on the roof
Although Tiffany and I strive to be consistent with our content, we sometimes forget to post certain photos on to Flying Neon Lights. Here are some random photos throughout the year that we are now only compiling into a post.
As promised, here is the last segment of my guide of San Francisco. This post is exclusively dedicated towards Golden Gate Park, which is probably the location Tiffany and I visit most often in SF. If you look closely, you can recognize the places we’ve photographed our fashion posts here.
1) Shakespeare Garden: A small, quaint garden. It caters to the more peaceful side of SF, and is a popular place for wedding and prom photos.
2) Music concourse: Features a range of notable museums: Academy of Sciences and De Young. In addition to excellent galleries and exhibits, both museums offer stunning rooftop views.
Academy of Sciences- seen from the top of De Young
De Young at dusk
3) Japanese Tea Garden: It is the oldest public Japanese garden in the U.S., offering a peaceful environment filled with cute bonsai trees and koi fish. Also has a tea house visitors can try.
4) Botanical Gardens: Plants in this garden are showcased from all over the world. I can recall plant collections from Africa, New Zealand, and the Mediterranean.
5) Conservatory of Flowers: An indoor garden enclosed in a wooden, Victorian structured greenhouse. There are also tons of beautiful flowers in the outside surrounding areas, tended by the staff year-round.
6) Disc golf: A 18-hole game in the middle of Golden Gate Park that involves throwing a disc (or frisbee) into baskets strategically placed on the course. Played as if in golf, but with a disc instead. More info here.
Alas, this is the end of my 3 part “Guide to San Francisco” series. Thank you for reading!
Part 2 of Guide to San Francisco is here!
1) Wood Line in the Presidio: Andy Goldsworthy designed this artistic park attraction here in the Presidio 4 years ago. He laid out eucalyptus trees on the ground to form a curvy line, that, in his words, “draws the place.” It is located near Lover’s Lane, a paved road where soldiers during the war walked on to meet their lovers.
2) Bernal Heights Park: Stunning views of San Francisco south of the Mission District. This area is almost always sunny, which is ironic because the photos posted below were captured on a foggy day. The hike up is approximately 10-15 minutes.
3) Lyon Street Steps: These steps offer gorgeous views of the Palace of Fine Arts dome and San Francisco Bay, and is a great place for people who want to burn off calories running up and down the steps. It is located right next to Pacific Heights and near the wealthiest families in SF, notably the Getty Family.
4) Union Square is the shopping center of the city but I actually enjoy the architecture and lights more than the shopping itself. Here is a picture I took back in January:
5) Yerba Buena Gardens: If shopping isn’t your cup of tea in downtown SF, you can walk a couple blocks and visit Yerba Buena Gardens. It contains a grassy area that is perfect for picnics, and has a bowling and ice skating center. Here are some photos of our picnic at this public garden.
6) Mount Davidson: Hello nature lovers, this is another great hiking spot! Mount Davidson features a giant cross, which is dedicated to the people who perished during the Armenian Genocide. The views of the city are great as well.
7) Pacific Catch Restaurant: Located at my favorite part of Sunset District (Irving and 9th), this place offers Asian fusion food. The natural lighting and interior design is super nice here too.
8) Manna: Good Korean food in the Inner Sunset
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for my final installment of Guide to San Francisco featuring Golden Gate Park.
As summer has officially winded down, I’m taking the time to reflect on the places I’ve visited in SF over the past few months. Though I was born and raised here in San Francisco, it wasn’t until this summer that I have truly taken the time to throughly explore this diverse city. From hikes (with views) and trying out new restaurants, I definitely can say I’ve expanded my perspective of SF. Here is a guide to San Francisco through the lens of a native- told Part 1 in this post.
1) Fort Point National Historic Site is located right below the famous Golden Gate Bridge. It served as a coastal fortification during the Civil War, and is open to the public for free from Friday- Sunday. It is such a treat coming here because it isn’t an extremely well known attraction, even for SF natives. Secret: views of Golden Gate Bridge are the best from this place.
2) Grand View Park/ Turtle Hill: This elevated park is located right in the middle of residential Sunset District. You can see the Transamerica Building in the distance as well as Sutro Tower. The 16th Steps, which were designed by volunteers, are also located on the way to Grand View Park.
3) Land’s End/ Sutro Bath: Sutro Baths was once a public bath, but now the ruins are for all to enjoy. If you walk up the trail a bit further, you can see the hidden labyrinth on the Land’s End hiking trail. Another view of the bridge can be seen here as well.
4) Clarion Alley Murals: These murals were already featured in Tiffany’s post https://flyingneonlights.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/a-day-in-the-life-cupcakes-and-murals/ but I’ll talk about them here as well. This alley is full of murals illustrated with various patterns and shapes- addressing statements and thoughts of the Mission community.
5) Twin Peaks- More grand landscape views overlooking the city. Unlike most vistas, however, Twin Peaks is accessible by car.
6) Coffee lovers-try out Philz. The mint mojito is a classic.
7) Off the Grid: Food trucks every Friday evening at Fort Mason. Kamikaze fries shown below.
Thank you for visiting! Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!
This past weekend, Amanda and I headed over to the Mission District of San Francisco. Showcasing thrift stores, boutiques, and a wide variety of brunch places and coffee shops, this district was no doubt packed with both tourists and locals. We stumbled upon Clarion Alley, a colorful and vibrant alley decorated with various murals boasting political statements, iconic figures, and eccentric patterns and shapes. We were even lucky enough to observe an artist at work! The other half of our day consisted of us baking red velvet cupcakes from scratch with a couple of our other friends, which turned out pretty photogenic and delicious. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you all have a fantastic week!
Passed by this scenic view on the way to Alaska a few summers ago. Our cruise ship edged its way through rolling mountains, swerving through blocks of fallen ice and sailing through the misty, grey skies. In the distant background, you can also see a glacier. Hope everyone is having a good week!
This past weekend, my family and I climbed up Turtle Hill to catch a bird’s eye view of San Francisco. We went during golden hour, and the sunlit rays made the city look even more stunning. In these photos, you can faintly see famous SF landmarks: Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Building, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, etc. Hope you all have a wonderful week!
A threshold could be the starting point of an experience, event, or venture. To me, Seattle’s Market Theater Gum Wall was such a threshold. Covered with an array of chewing gum in all colors and extending nearly 15 feet high, this wall was different than any tourist attraction I’ve ever visited. It was slimy but colorful and creative. Quite a change for germaphobe, I might say…
Thanks for visiting!