I was able to travel to San Francisco for work not too long ago. Although I wasn’t thrilled about going for work, I was excited since I love to travel and my best friend lives in the Bay Area. Of course, I just had to go the weekend before to spend some time with her and her husband. This was my second trip to the Bay Area so it was a bit difficult to think of some things to do, but we did figure it out. This is the beginning of a few posts about the Bay Area.
Things To Do In The Bay Area
So I arrived on a Friday night, close to midnight, after being delayed in Minnesota for 2 hours. Didn’t leave much time for us to do anything and I was exhausted. It was 2am my time by the time I arrived in California. The extent of that Friday night was driving from the airport to my friend’s new house and then chatting for an hour before heading to bed.
Spa Day in the Bay Area
The next morning we hung out and had breakfast at her house. Then we decided to go get massages. Now, they weren’t just any massage; they were foot massages. I’d never heard of them before this trip and my friend had recently heard of them. We went to Foot LAX Massage and each had a 1-hour foot massage, which included the following.
- 5-minute neck and shoulder massage
- 25-minute head, face, arm and legs
- 10-minute back massage
- 20-minute foot massage
Note: You will be in the same room as many others enjoying a foot massage. But don’t worry, everyone is fully clothed! The massages are performed on top of your clothes.
Later on that day, we decided to go out in Campbell for drinks. The one bar we went to there seemed like a college bar. Of course, not exactly our age group but it did lead for some great people watching. After one drink there, we decided to go to downtown San Jose for drinks and dancing. If you enjoy dancing, a great place to go is Fuz Bar & Grill. They played everything from 80’s t0 90’s to 2000’s (my favorite!) and today’s hit music! It was so much to get out and dance for the rest of the night.
Things To Do In San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge
The next day was my last day hanging out with my friend before checking into my AirBNB for my work conference the rest of the week. We spent the day driving into San Francisco so I could finally get a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. My last trip out I didn’t even see it!
Since it was a beautiful day out (clearly seen in the pictures), the viewing points were packed. They were so busy that after circling a couple of times for a parking spot, we gave up. My friend dropped me off so I could get a few quick photos and then we took off for our next stop, the San Francisco Zoo!
San Francisco Zoo
Our next stop was the San Francisco Zoo! I know that they’re not for everyone but I do love a good zoo. They can do a lot of good in the world by protecting species, as long as it’s a legit zoo. From what I saw, the San Francisco Zoo certainly seemed like it. They also have some of my favorite animals: tigers, koala bears, and peacocks!
The zoo will be a great place for solo travelers, couple, or even family. The price for a ticket is decent at $19.00 for adults. Keep in mind, you will need to pay for parking if you park in their lot.
Cable Car & Fisherman’s Wharf
Next stop was taking a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf. It may be cheesy for some, but I loved it! It was so much fun hanging off the side of the cable car on the way to the wharf. Once there, exploring the shops, and then I found the Musée Mécanique, one of the largest privately owned arcade museums in the world. There are over 200 working arcades here! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first walked in but omg, it’s so cool! And it’s completely free for admission. If you want to play the arcades, you can! They’re also cheap to play.
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What is your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area? Comment below!