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Summer trip to the West Coast-Seattle and San Francisco

4 days trying food in Seattle, and 4 days roaming San Francisco

by sara becker mayerAbout Me:I am a 25 year old traveler from the United States. I am heading to law school, and in the meantime trying to get as much travel in as possible. I love immersing in culture and trying new foods! read more

North AmericaUnited States7 days / June 2022

Highs & Lows

Caribbean food in Seattle is surprisingly tasty!

Public transportation in both cities leaves something to be desired.

Itinerary Overview

We arrived in the afternoon in Seattle and got to our airbnb in the lovely neighborhood of Fremont. We stayed in the basement floor of a house, but the basement was very modern and had nice windows, so it got good light. We happened to stay during the summer solstice festival in Fremont, which has food, crafts, and music, just a walkable few blocks from our airbnb. The second day we went to Pike place to see the famous fish throwing, and ate in downtown for dinner, before going on the great wheel at sunset. On our 3rd day we decided to explore the neighborhood of Ballard, which has the locks, a manmade structure that allows boats to pass through Lake Union to the Puget Sound. Then we ate at Pestle Rock, and caught a movie at the theatre in Ballard. On the fourth day we started our morning with a lovely brunch at Morsel in the U-district, walked around the campus of the University of Washington, and ended our day at the airport, heading to San Francisco.

We woke up on our first day in San Francisco at the Fairmont in San Francisco. We had brunch at Yang Sing, an amazing Dim Sum place in San Francisco. We walked along the water to the Ferry building to shop and hangout near the water. On day two we went to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. We walked ourselves around Alcatraz, and took beautiful pictures at one end of the Golden Gate Bridge. We ended the day with dinner and drinks near Union Square. For day 3 we rented a car and ventured outside of the city to Santa Cruz. We sat on the beach and walked on the boardwalk. On day 4, we only had half of the day, so we walked around golden gate park and saw the Japanese Tea Garden, and the Botanical garden. In the evening we headed home!

  • 3 Nights: Seattle
    Food and scenery
  • 4 Nights: San Francisco
    Historic sites, and an accessible nearby beach town

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I wish we could have seen the space needle and the chihuly glass gardens in Seattle, but we will have to see them next time.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Not particularly, we had a nice time!

  • How was the food?

    Pestle Rock- Thai in Ballard Morsel- brunch in Udistrict Yank Sing- dim sum in SF

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Rent a car! Seattle is a big city, and fairly easy to drive in, but public transportation is slow and infrequent. San Fran is a little easier to access by bus and the BART system.

  • Packing tips?

    In the summer Seattle can get quite hot, but for any other time of year you certainly need a rain jacket. You will also use this for the wind in San Francisco.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Car!! rent one in Seattle! You can take the link light rail from north to south, but if you want to be more mobile, a car really helps. If you want to go to Santa Cruz you will need a car for the day.

  • Any surprises?

    The lovely weather in Seattle!

  • Booking details?

    We booked with Alaska airlines, which has its hub in Seattle!

Lodging

  • Airbnb- Guest Suite in Fremont. We enjoyed this accomodation. It was very central to the city, and walkable to the small downtown in Fremont. It had nice light despite being a basement, and was very modern.

  • Fairmont San Francisco. It is extremely nice, as most Fairmont hotels are, but it is quite pricey. It is only for a splurge vacation. It is on top of a hill so you can get a great view of the city. The rooms are modern, and clean, and you can get around the city fairly easily from there.