Four hundred + miles south
Three days per destination
One little corgi
Pets have become more than ever before an integral part of the family unit, and increasingly people prefer taking their pets with them while vacationing rather than leaving them behind. This past June, we had the opportunity to experience the ultimate California #HiltonRoadTrip down the beautiful California coast with our corgi Chompers and experienced just how easy traveling with a pet really is.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Our trip began with a little staycation in the City by the Bay, our lovely hometown of San Francisco. Known for its cool/cold summers, steep hills, ever present fog (affectionately named Karl), and of course, the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.
One of the most bustling areas in San Francisco is famous Union Square, where you will find shops, restaurants, art installations and great people watching. We checked into the nearby Hilton San Francisco Union Square and were greeted with a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline from our room. The top of the Hilton is also home to the stylish Cityscape lounge with 360 degree views of the city. It is especially beautiful at sunset as Karl the fog starts to roll in. Grab a cocktail and enjoy the view.
Within walking distance of the hotel is the cable car turnaround at Powell Street & Market Street, several of the signature giant Hearts of San Francisco and random fun art installations such as the sign post listing the Sister Cities of San Francisco or the life-sized Paparazzi Dogs sculptures. You never quite know what you’ll discover right around the corner!
Public transportation is widely used in San Francisco and easily accessible (although navigating it can be somewhat tricky at first!) We ventured down to the Ferry Building on San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront and enjoyed browsing the weekly Saturday Farmers Market’s fresh local and organic produce. If you walk to the right of the Ferry building and continue along the waterfront, you’ll reach AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants. If you go left, you’ll stumble upon Fisherman’s Wharf!
Three days in San Francisco are merely a drop in the bucket to explore all the things that the city has to offer. If you find yourself with extra time, there are endless things to explore on the SF Bucket List, including riding the cable cars, finding the bison in Golden Gate Park, walking down the twists and turns of Lombard Street, taking penguin selfies at the California Academy of Sciences, picnicking with the Painted Ladies in Alamo square, tasting the sourdough at Fisherman’s Wharf or cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge with Hornblower Cruises! We may be biased but we wholeheartedly agree with Tony Bennett’s “I left my heart in San Francisco” sentiment.