San Francisco: Being a Typical Tourist

I've arrived in San Francisco- the gleaming city of bridges, charming Full House-homes, and endless rows of steep hills. Although I'm on my way to Stanford University in Palo Alto for my journalism camp, I decided that it was right to document a bit about my time in the city before I reach my final destination of camp.

A view of the city from Lombard Street

A view of the city from Lombard Street

I first headed to the famed Lombard Street, known as one of the most crooked streets in the U.S., and at this time of the year the brick-paved road was surrounded by bright pink and purple hydrangeas in full-bloom. Just as expected, there was an abundance of tourists visiting the location, making it a constant competition to take decent photos, but the views from the hill overlooking the San Francisco metropolitan area made the struggle worth it. Also, the photos turned out pretty well in the end!

I next went to Twin Peaks, two similarly sized visible peaks 922 feet high in the mountains that tower over the entirety of the bay area. This attraction offered a 360-degree panoramic view of not only the city but also the ocean and mountains in the distance. I definitely recommend this place as a fantastic photography spot because of its stunning views.   

Panoramic view from Twin Peaks

Panoramic view from Twin Peaks

Of course, a trip to San Francisco meant that I had to see the Golden Gate Bridge. This massive, red-tinted bridge is a must-see sight. I felt like a small ant while I drove across the bridge to reach Marin County. The structure was so massive that I couldn't believe that this was completely man-made. The enormity of the bridge made the cars and people on it look like small toys.

The colossal Golden Gate

The colossal Golden Gate

San Francisco's urban yet laid-back atmosphere and historical vibes were definitely contrasting to Los Angeles's fast-paced environment. The city had a lot to offer besides just the notable landmarks. If you're ever hesitant on visiting this city, I would completely recommend that you book a plane ticket or plan a road trip straight away. Now, off to Stanford!