If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen that the other day, I had the opportunity to explore San Francisco with the lovely people of Toyota. Despite the fact that I've grown up in Northern California, I've rarely taken the time to explore The City and do more of the "touristy" elements that come part-and-parcel with it. However, that's not to say that I wasn't stoked about this little adventure. Prior to this day, my friend Jessica and I made a list of all of the touristy spots that we had yet to explore, and decided to pack as much of them as we could into our four hour day with Toyota.
We started our journey off at Twin Peaks, which, on a clear day, has the most gorgeous view of all of San Francisco. From the Golden Gate to Market Street, the Bay Bridge to Alcatraz, we had too much fun pointing out all of the noticeable spots from the tippy top of the peaks. We were blown away by the view, but all too literally... the crazy winds pushed us all over the place. It's actually a miracle we were even able to get any photos taken at the top- the winds were so strong we could barely keep our eyes open! Needless to say, we booked it out of there as quickly as we came, and headed straight to the next location.
Next, we decided to head to the Presidio, Baker Beach, and the Golden Gate Bridge, all which are complete tourist traps, but nevertheless, are beautifully iconic. These were the only spots that Jessica and I had been to before, so we knew what to expect, and took our time with them. By this point in the day, the sun had come out, so we played in the sand and lugged all of our camera equipment throughout crowds of tourists, just to get that famous bridge shot. We definitely looked like tacky tourists, but couldn't have cared less.
Before we left the Presidio, we took a detour through the Dutch Windmill, which is really just another photo spot. It's a huge windmill right by Ocean Beach that's surrounded by tulip fields and tall grasses. Jessica and I took turns taking photos of each other amongst the flowers, and I have to say, they're some of my favorite photos to date. While were there, a couple noticed I was a photographer and asked me to take a photo for them- but then proceeded to request different angels and positions. It turned into a mini shoot, and Jessica said I should've charged them $20. In hindsight, I wish I did, but they were tourists from South Africa, and I would've felt bad charging them. A little symbiotic human decency goes a long way (at least in karma points, right?)
Now, I'm not a car person, so telling you the ins and outs of the technology behind the CH-R is beyond my realm of capability. But what I can tell you was that this was a nice, smooth, spacious car. Although small and compact from the outside, the inside was large enough for me to stretch out between locations, and plush enough that I could've easily curled up on the seat and taken a nap, had it been a different occasion. And the sound system inside was incredible. I was able to connect my phone to the car via bluetooth, and blasted my favorite Spotify playlist as we zoomed to our fourth location.
We decided to head down to famous "Postcard Row", aka Steiner St. in Hayes Valley, home of the Painted Ladies (Full House, anyone?) We were able to snag the perfect parking spot right in front, and we were all cheering about it. You can see in the photos above how perfect it is. Trying to find any parking in Alamo Square- and in San Francisco in general- is a near impossible feat, so finding a parking spot, let alone one that's perfect for photographs just proved that the universe was truly on our side that day.
While the Painted Ladies are fun to look at, that's literally the only thing to do, there- look at them. So, we packed up relatively quickly and headed to our last stop of the day: Mission Dolores Park. As famous as it is, I'd never been to Dolores Park before. I'd always heard such amazing things about it, but had never taken the time to visit there. By the time we got there, Karl the Fog had just started to roll in, so it was a little too cold to just sit and relax. But, we still had so much fun. We shot some photos, petted some dogs- and had quite the embarrassment with a Samoyed puppy (Jessica thought it was a Samoan, I thought it was a Samoa)- and we danced throughout the park. It helped too that our driver was so nice and friendly, and laughed and hung out with us the entire time. The three of us had a blast, cracking jokes and exploring parts of the city that we normally drive right past.
By the end of the day, we were all swamped, but extremely happy with our little adventure. I had so much fun zipping throughout San Francisco in the Toyota CH-R, and couldn't imagine having a better car to take us through our day. If you're in the market for a good city commuter, I would highly recommend it. It was the perfect vehicle to take us up the windy hills and jagged streets that line the city of San Francisco. From one adventure to another, it was truly a car that did it all, for us.
** This post was written in collaboration with Toyota, and I was compensated to take part in this experience. In no way does that affect my review. Thank you for supporting the sponsored posts that allow TRTH to continue existing!