No one can argue that a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge will be the highlight of every San Francisco trip! The bay area will not be complete without this iconic architectural piece.
For our main tour of the city, before heading to Napa Valley, we planned to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and walk from one end to another.
On our way to the bridge, we first passed by a famous ice cream parlor called Mitchells.
“Established in 1953, Mitchell’s is a family-owned business located in San Francisco’s Mission District”, they are famous for their handmade ice creams which they are producing daily.
My friend was really excited to show us some of their flavors which includes Filipino favorites like Halo-Halo, Ube and Macapuno.
According to their website: http://mitchellsicecream.com/
“They continued to add flavors as their store became more popular and in the early 1960’s they were the first to introduce Mango ice cream to the Bay Area. Mango quickly became (and remains to this day) their number one seller. As the neighborhood changed and became more diverse, they increased the number of tropical flavors that they manufactured by importing a variety of exotic fruit from the Philippines. ”
this is the reason why people in the bay area can enjoy these delicious flavors.
I ordered ube and macapuno scoops
On our way to the bridge, we realized that the fog was starting to creep in, so in order to get a full view of the bridge from the Ridge Battery (trust me you want to see it from this view), we need to be there quickly.
Instead of walking/biking, we all decided that driving will be our best option. We drove our way towards the Ridge Battery.
It is a (not so) secret viewing point. It’s not so crowded because normally tour buses do not go here. Mostly those who are being toured by local friends and also bike trekkers go to this place.
It was very cold and windy. I think all year round it’s like this (just assuming—don’t trust my word on this one). But aside from the wind and weather, it looks amazing. You can see the whole bay area and the massive stretch of the Golden Gate bridge is just overwhelming.
After a few minutes, the bridge was slowly being covered by the fog, when we left you can only see half of it. It would have been nice to have walked along the bridge but it was better to have seen it in its full glory.
If you have time, do try to rent a bike. A Norwegian and German traveler ( now my friends) I met in Los Angeles did it and they said it was a great experience.