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Travel Off the Beaten Path

[ 0 ] 12/15/2012 |

I love to travel.  One of my favorite places to visit is San Francisco.  I don’t know what it is about this city, but I just love it.

San Francisco Skyline

Given my love of the city, I’ve been fortunate enough to be here all week on vacation with my BFF, Tracy.  Since we’ve both been here in the past and had already done all of the typical “touristy” things, it really made us think a lot about what we wanted to do while we were here this time.  There were a few things we knew we wanted to do again, like going to Fisherman’s Wharf for some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Boudin Cafe.  Other than that though, we knew we wanted to try and check out some things off the beaten path.  Not only is it a great way to see some different sites, but it’s also a great way to work in some activity to your vacation.

The first stop up for us was the Marin Headlands and Fort Baker.  Both of part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area which is part of the National Park Service.  Not only are the views amazing, but there’s lot of opportunities for hiking, too.  Here are a couple of photos taken from Marin Headlands.  I seriously think this view may be one of the best kept secrets of the greater San Francisco area!

Golden Gate Bridge view from Marin Headlands

Yes, you’re actually above the bridge!

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Later in the week, we headed back to the Golden Gate Bridge.  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the bridge, so our plan was to walk the entire span of the bridge and back.  As an interesting side fact, it’s just over a 5k (3.3 miles) to walk the bridge round-trip.  So, not only do you get in a nice walk, you can capture some views of the bridge that you might not see otherwise.

Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge Golden Gate Bridge

Starting the day by walking the bridge definitely helped my Fitbit stats, too!  By the time the day was done, I had logged over 15,000 steps and nearly 6.5 total miles of walking.

When you travel, do you stick with the typical tourist spots or do you get off the beaten path? Leave us a comment and let us know how you work in activity while on vacation.  If you haven’t ever given getting off the beaten tourist path a try, I encourage you to do it the next time you travel. You never know what amazing gems and/or vistas you might find.

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About Mel: A 40-something Tennessee girl living in Southern California, Mel is currently on a journey to lose over 100 pounds following the Weight Watchers PointsPlus™ program. Mel also blogs at www.thedailymel.com and can be found on Twitter as @TheDailyMel. View author profile.