Grouse Mountain was one of the best spots to visit in Vancouver. Sure, people call it a tourist trap (although we barely saw anyone there)… and sure, there are probably better mountains that the locals visit instead… but as people who just wanted to see the view and not snowboard or dangle on cliffs, it was perfect for us. Plus, the ski lifts!!! As is obvious below, I was obsessed with them. (My husband was less than enthused about them, but at my dogged persistance, agreed to go on them anyway. That’s love.)
We took a mini trip to the Inner Sunset district of SF to see the Tiled Steps Project. The area’s supposed to give you amazing views of SF and the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, it was super foggy on the day we went, so no view for us. But that fog is just so quintessentially SF and gives such an interesting atmosphere in pictures that I can’t complain.
If you visit, be sure to not only walk to the top of the tiled steps, but go up the next set of steps across the street, up into a small wooded area. That’s where the awesome view is supposed to be.
We’d never much explored Marin County and the north bay, so we decided to make a weekend of it. It’s beautiful, but so surprisingly different from the south bay/peninsula/San Francisco. So much less populated and congested. I was amazed to see that by 8pm, the bustling downtown areas of the major cities were effectively shut down. Even restaurants! (On the plus side, that meant that parking was always very easy to find.)