Our San Francisco Must See, Must Do List

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When we left Texas in 2002, I thought my life was over. Really, I did. At the time we were living in Dallas, but leaving Texas meant leaving home. My friends are (mostly) all there. My family is there. Almost any memory I had was from there. I didn't know "home" any other way and never cared to settle anyplace else. Seems silly now, but that's how it was. But in the ad industry, because you move for work, off to Richmond we went. Five years later, we were off again to Charlotte. Although it took me a long while to adjust, I did fall in love with something you can't do so easily in Texas but can do in other cities around the country: get in the car and go see cities that are in other states! CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?! Beyond that, you can try other foods that aren't barbecue or Tex-Mex! (Still the best kind of food, but not the only kind.)

Charlottesville. Williamsburg. Washington, D.C. Baltimore. The Outer Banks. Asheville. Charleston. Savannah. Wilmington. Nashville. Atlanta. Lexington. Birmingham. Raleigh. Durham. While living on the southern east coast, these are all places we drove to and explored. Seeing so many different cities and meeting so many people really opened my eyes.  I'm certain if we would have stayed in Texas, we wouldn't have traveled to half of those places and certainly we would have never found our two rescue pups. 

So when we moved to San Francisco, we decided to make a few lists. First being a must see, must do list. This list is not complete or updated and I'm always adding to it. Here it is partially put together and one year in:   (*still must see / must do)

San Francisco city

- See all 118 neighborhoods
- See all of the National Parks in San Francisco*
- See all of the city parks in San Francisco*
- Walk through Presidio trails
- Go to the top of the Coit Tower
- Go for a run across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Watch triathletes swim during Escape from Alcatraz
- Walk down the beach near Crissy Field
- Get a family photo with the Bridge behind us
- Take the ferry boat 
- See Alcatraz*
- Go to Angel Island*
- Go to the Treasure Island Flea Market
- Ride a cable car
- Attend a SF Giants baseball game at AT&T park
- Go to the Saturday Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building
- Eat outside at Yerba Buena Gardens
- Shop Union Square
- See the view from Twin Peaks
- See the view from Bernal Heights
- See the view from Lands End
- Shop Chinatown
- Eat in Chinatown
- Eat in North Beach / Little Italy
- Eat in the Marina
- Shop Chestnut Street
- Shop Fillmore Street
- Eat in Hayes Valley
- Shop Hayes Valley
- Eat in the Mission
- Shop Valencia Street*
- Shop Sacramento Street*
- Eat in Nob Hill*
- Eat in Russian Hill
- Take a picture on Lombard Street
- See the Bay Bridge lights*
- See Golden Gate Park
- Walk through the Japanese Tea Garden
- Go to the De Young Museum*
- Go to the MOMA*
- See the Walt Disney Family Museum*
- See the California Academy of Sciences*
- See the Conservatory of Flowers*
- See the Exploratorium*
- Walk down Ocean Beach
- See the Sutro Baths
- Explore Fort Funston
- Go to a concert at The Filmore 
- Go to a concert at The Independent* (Matt has)
- Go sailing

North of the city

- Spend time in downtown Mill Valley
- Hike to and have drinks at The Tourist Club
- Hike the Dipsea Trail
- Hike through Mount Tamalpais State Park*
- See Cataract Falls*
- Walk through the Muir Woods
- See the Marin Headlands
- Go to Rodeo Beach 
- Go to Muir Beach*
- Visit Point Reyes National Seashore
- Hang out on Bolinas Beach
- Hang out at Stinson Beach
- Eat oysters at an oyster shack
- Go to Napa
- Go to Sonoma
- Go to Healdsburg
- Go to Petaluma
- Hike Phoenix Lake Trail
- Go paddle boarding in Sausalito

East Bay

- Go to a football game at Cal Berkeley
- Go to a concert at The Greek in Berkeley
- Explore Cesar Chavez Park
- Drive through the Berkeley hills
- Hike the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
- Go to an Oakland A's baseball game* (Matt has)

South of the city 

- Watch surfers at Pacifica Beach
- Go to Gray Whale Cove State Beach
- Visit Half Moon Bay Beach and Pillar Point Harbor
- See Monterey
- Go to the Monterey Aquarium
- See Carmel
- Spend a weekend in Santa Cruz*
- Camp in Big Sur
- Stay at Post Ranch Inn*

West of the city

- A sunset boat ride*
- Not get eaten by Pacific Ocean sharks