This summer I have been slightly obsessed with taking day trips. In the last two weeks I had the chance to explore the only two cities left on my summer travel list, Pescadero and Point Reyes, so for today’s travel Tuesday I asked my mom to choose our city! She picked Tiburon, which I had never heard of, and from there I could only describe our day as whimsical!
It started off like any other adventure day: agreeing that no matter what we were going to have fun. So often I start a travel day by over-planning and timing everything to a tee, then stress about that plan the whole time! We decided not to do any of that and just have the goal of getting there. With a very rough schedule, we walked down to the train station, but had to wait a while because we missed our train. No problem, we caught the next one! Then after arriving at the Caltrain station in San Francisco, we went to hop on Muni. We naturally let our Muni arrive and leave before realizing it was the correct one. The N and T lines go toward the Ferry Building in case you’re wondering, but be sure to hop off at Folsom! The next step was to take the E or F Street Cars to Pier 41 where the ferry leaves on a regular schedule. The Street Cars, surprisingly, are not on a regular schedule at the Harrison/Folsom stop, and after 45 minutes of waiting we gave up. The Ferry Building called our name and we could not resist!
We waked to the Ferry Building, picked up sandwiches and wandered a little before catching the F Street Car just outside to Pier 41. Luckily the cars come much more regularly at that stop. Around 1pm we finally were on the ferry toward Tiburon, and what a view we had! If you think the view coming over the bridge is amazing, it is time you experienced the view of downtown, Alcatraz, and both bridges from the water!
Tiburon is a very small tourist city, but it is definitely worth spending a couple hours in! We walked all over the main streets and window shopped a little, but most of our time there was spent admiring the view of the city and Golden Gate bridge. We stopped at Sam’s Anchor Cafe to grab a quick bite, which turned into a long bite and somehow we missed our ferry going back to the city. Our choices then were to wait four more hours for the last ferry, or to uber across the golden gate. Obviously we had to uber and it was such a beautiful drive over there (so says mom) and it was totally worth it! I, however, took a nap in the car and woke up just in time to explore Fisherman’s Wharf.
We got dinner at Scoma’s and caught all our trains headed home with perfect timing to make it home by 8pm! It was an amazing and surprisingly stress-free day, but above all it was truly whimsical.
What about anybody else? Have you had a stress-free travel day that you want to tell me about? I’d love to hear your story in the comments section!
Life is an adventure, so keep exploring it!
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