The Quiet Side of San Francisco

This post is sponsored by & Other Stories.

I live less than an hour south of San Francisco, but in all honesty I don’t get to spend a lot of free time there. I’m always going up for work events and meetings, but it’s rare that I get to go up for a day of fun. When I do, it’s usually in the Summer and it’s spent on the quiet side of San Francisco, the beach side! Today I’ve partnered with & Other Stories. to share a little bit of my adventure there with my friend Elisabeth and a few of my favorites in that area.

How to Not Look Like A Tourist in San Francisco

Often when I travel, I try to avoid the typical tourist look. Not only does it help me to enjoy the city more as a local when I travel, but it helps to keep those who may prey on tourists away as well. I find that usually when I visit the more popular places in San Francisco there are some definite things that make people stick out as a tourist. I’ve consulted with a bunch of my local friends about how to blend in, and today I’m sharing a few of those tips with you.

Highway 1, San Francisco to Santa Cruz

Fall is my favorite time at the beach in California. It’s always less crowded and more fun to visit when you’re not baking in the hot Summer sun. This Fall I partnered with Lexus to do a drive down the coast in their RC F model and had a blast driving it down my favorite part of the beautiful California coastline. I brought my friend Elisabeth along, and we drove down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. The weather was beautiful and the traffic was light as we left San Francisco. We stopped along the way at Devil’s slide, Half Moon Bay, Redondo Beach, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Natural Bridges, and West Side Santa Cruz for dinner. We also made a ton of other little stops too, because Highway 1 is breathtaking.