Updated: Apr 6, 2020
On Sunday we set our alarms early, we had booked onto the first Alcatraz Island tour of the day (this tour was recommended to us by so many people when we said we were going to San Francisco - as always I advise you book ahead, it can fill up weeks in advance).
We headed out of the hotel just as the sun was rising, in search of breakfast and hot drinks.
Jane on Fillmore is a gorgeous little cafe which serves up everything from pastries to full breakfasts - and has great coffee too!
Once we'd satisfied our hunger we made our way down to Pier 33 to catch the boat.
It's a quick ferry ride to the island.
A really excellent self-guided audio your takes you through the penitentiary and around the grounds, describing life in America's first super max prison and the multiple escape attempts that took place.
We were so lucky that the bay was clear (none of that famous fog!), and had great views of the city from the island too.
I'd definitely recommend putting some time aside to make this trip whilst you're in the city!
Once you're back on dry land, head up the waterfront to Pier 39 to see the sea lions that have been made The Bay their home since 1989. They're so loud you can hear them barking before you see them!
Don't bother with lunch around here, it's really touristy and over-priced, we've got a much better spot for you to try!
Just in from the main drag is a teeny little place, the Waterfront Bakery. They make a really mean salami sandwich with pickle, and their sparkling apple juice is so thirst quenching.
Their sandwiches are huge though so you'll want to burn it off afterwards with a bike ride.
We rented bikes from Cityride on Columbus Avenue and they were excellent. Sorted us out with everything we need, including a map and making sure we knew where we were going.
The cycle paths are excellent, so you don't even need to worry about navigating the traffic.
I got a little emotional cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge, with such beautiful weather and stunning views of The Bay, I couldn't help but think how lucky we are to be able to travel to such wonderful places and share such memories together.
A little tip - once over the bridge head left and underneath it for some excellent views of the bridge, the city and the whole bay without too many crowds.
We carried on cycling until we reached Sausalito, a stunning little town in Marin County, across the water from San Francisco. We stopped in at Lappert's for the biggest ice creams you have ever seen (I don't have any photos, I was too busy concentrating on eating it!), and then caught the ferry back to Fisherman's Wharf (you can take your bike on the ferry too).
Cycling the bridge is definitely something I'd recommend adding to your bucket lists, a memory I will treasure forever. I don't think I stopped smiling all day.