Thanksgiving & Black Friday in San Francisco #16

August 11, 2018

I’ve got another USA Travel Diary post for you already! After spending 4 days in San Francisco, on day Thirty-Five I flew out to Vancouver, Canada. I was so unbelievably excited about visiting Canada for the first time but unfortunately was met with horrendous weather! I’m not actually going to do my next instalment about my time in Vancouver as I covered most of it in my blog post back in January here. I think it would most likely be very repetitive of that post so give it read if you haven’t already!

Fast forward a couple of days and I flew back into San Francisco via Seattle. I met a couple of my friends from Trek America as we had planned to do a little road trip for the next couple of weeks. Day Thirty-Eight was actually Thanksgiving in America and we had decided to stay in San Francisco for the holiday. Although we didn’t have any solid plans, we did have a rental car so off we went from our little motel room. I should also mention our motel was called the Greenwich Inn, it was nothing flash but super cheap and I’d highly recommend if you are looking for somewhere in the city on a budget.

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Our first stop of the day was to do something that actually was on my bucket list; to drive down Lombard Street. You’ll probably recognise the street for being that right windy and steep road but it wasn’t half fun getting to drive down it! It was then on to another pretty sight of San Francisco, the famous painted ladies which is a row of absolutely beautiful houses. The sightseeing tour did actually stop near here but you have to get off as buses aren’t allowed in this residential area. There a park right in front of the houses and it was such a lovely area to just chill in. The architecture in San Francisco really is something else.

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We didn’t really have much of a plan for the rest of Thanksgiving and decided it was time to go across The Golden Gate Bridge and explore across the bay. We actually ended up going to the little seaside town of Sausalito. What a gorgeous little place it was with beautiful views over the bay and city. We actually ended up in a restaurant called The Trident and we all had a three course Thanksgiving Day Lunch whilst sat out on the terrace with an incredible view across the bay. Although it wasn’t really our plan to go for a lunch, it was the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving and the food was incredible.

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In true Thanksgiving Day fashion, we decided at crazy o’clock (1 am) to head over to Union Square to see what was happening with the Black Friday sales. It wasn’t as hectic as I was expecting but there was still so many people out and about picking up bargains. I spent most of my time in Macy’s and the Disney Store who were offering bigger discounts if you made your purchases before 8 am. I’m considering doing a guide to Black Friday for visitors as we covered all areas as we went back to the mall the next day and even headed to a designer outlet.

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The whole of Black Friday just consisted of shopping for me and Lena. I’m not going to lie, I went slightly overboard. We struggled to get all of our shopping into our tiny convertible. It was so much fun though. Like I mentioned, we even stopped off at a Designer Outlet but let me tell you, that was where the carnage was. I actually witnessed a fight at the Kate Spade store. Absolute scenes.

That night we stayed in a town called Merced which isn’t too far from Yosemite National Park making it a great location to set off to the park the following morning. My next USA post is going to be all about my time exploring Yosemite and my first ever NFL game! Stay Tuned!

2 comments so far.

2 responses to “Thanksgiving & Black Friday in San Francisco #16”

  1. Suze says:

    Wow you managed to pick up a lot of bargains! I’d love to visit San Francisco and see the painted ladies. Sausalito looks charming too

  2. Kate Hackworthy says:

    I went to San Francisco years ago and loved it. You’ve brought back loads of great memories. How wonderful to get to spend Thanksgiving there. And you’re brave for hitting the black friday sales!

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