Our last stop was San Francisco. Though this was the most strenuous leg of the trip (my momma is a drill sergeant I tell ya!) it was definitely quite rewarding! I don't have many photos of our first day in SF because we were busy crushing some steps, but our itinerary was: ferry from SF to Sausalito, rented bikes and biked through Mill Valley, hiked to & around the Muir Woods, biked back to Sausalito, dinner at Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito with at stunning view, then ferry back to SF. That doesn't sound like much, but it was 39,000 steps and 144 flights of stairs--not including a few miles of biking! Safe to say we were beat and inhaled our dinner in silence.
Our last day we took the ferry to Alcatraz (SO interesting--highly recommend! who knew this former prison is now a bird sancturary!?) then a hop on/hop off bus tour in the afternoon. We hadn't seen much of actual San Francisco so this was the perfect way to get a feel for all the neighborhoods and hear the history. We ended that night with a lovely dinner at Le Colonial (interesting French-Vietnamese menu. They have a location in Chicago, too!) with my mom's cousins before jetting off on a red eye home for our neighborhood's Fourth of July festivities. Despite the very large homeless population (see the photo of my sister Jacquie below, fitting in with the locals--it was SO cold), we really loved San Francisco. If the cost of living weren't so high, I could totally see myself living there!