How often do we yearn to venture off to a new faraway city or country to explore the unknown, when we’ve hardly explored the city in our own backyard? I’m all for traveling the entire world – one day, when my husband is done with grad school. However, there’s something exciting about being a tourist in your very own city – and the added bonus of it being a lot more affordable because you’re not paying for a hotel and airfare.
I’m very fortunate to live in a really amazing and vibrant city with so much to do, see and eat. Yet with two small children, I sometimes find myself repeating the same monotonous schedule with not as much exploring as I’d like to. It’s time to change that with this Explore-Your-Own-City Bucket List Challenge.
Inspired by a friend who recently made a Bay Area Bucket List to complete before graduation, I decided to make a Bay Area Bucket List of my very own. A list of things in my area that I want to do, see and more importantly, eat in the next two years. A list to remind me to get out there, do things and enjoy life and this beautiful city we live in! Every couple of months I will give an update on what I have been able to accomplish from my bucket list.
Are you ready to take the Explore-Your-Own-City Bucket List Challenge? If so, what are some bucket worthy things you want to see, do or eat in your very own city?
(See below for my full Bay Area Bucket List, which I have categorized into Eat, See and Do)
JANAIA’S BAY AREA BUCKET LIST:
o Dinner at the famed Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse
o Fenton’s Creamery with my whole family (homage to Pixar’s “Up!”)
o Dine in the charming seaside town of Sausalito
o Pastries from Tartine Bakery
o Dinner and a concert at Yoshi’s
o Off The Grid Twilight at the Presidio
o Burritos from “the best burrito in America” at La Taqueria
o Dine at Bridges in Danville (homage to Mrs. Doubtfire and my favorite actor, Robin Williams)
o Food tour in famed Gourmet Ghetto in North Berkeley
o Dinner and movie at Foreign Cinema in SF
o Ice cream from San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Creamery
o Dine at Homeroom in Oakland, a restaurant “dedicated to the best food on earth: mac ‘n cheese”
o Palace of Fine Arts in SF
o San Francisco Beach Blanket Babylon show
o Painted ladies (The “Full House” houses) at 710-720 Steiner Street
o Oakland’s Jack London Square
o Dolores Park in the Mission District
o San Francisco’s Union Square at Christmas
o Baker Beach in SF…not the nude part
o Golden Gate Park
o A concert at the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley
o Ocean Beach in SF
o Lake Anza at Tilden Park in Berkeley
o Ride a cable car
o Cruise the Bay by boat
o Downtown Berkeley Farmer’s Market
o Jelly Belly Factory tour in Fairfield, with both of my kids
o Tour the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose
o Ride the steam train at Tilden Park
o Pick a pumpkin from a pumpkin farm in Half Moon Bay
o NightLife party at California Academy of Sciences
There you have it – your own personal Bay Area Bucket List professionally curated by me! This was such a fun post to write, and I’m excited to hear how this post inspires others to get out and explore their own backyard. A big thank you to Chris Brignola and Unsplash for the beautiful photo of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Have you tried any of the places on my Bay Area Bucket List? With so many great options, I need help deciding which to try first!