Family travel snap: Lee Jones, LP's Web Ops Engineer

Our travel snap this month takes us on a family bike ride in San Francisco, a fitting end to a two-week long road-trip through California.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Lonely Planet staffer Lee and his family love exploring other US cities and have travelled to Boston, Charleston, Gulf Shores, New York, Orlando, and Tampa among others. Lee loves a good cup of coffee too and can now advise you on the best local coffee shops along California's coastline.


What’s the story behind this photo?

Courtney, Logan and I are taking a photo break during a bike ride in San Francisco. It was a beautiful day and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge is visible in the background. After this photo was taken we pedalled furiously up some big hills to get to the bridge and then enjoyed a scenic (and windy!) ride across it. On the other side we zoomed down some more big hills into Sausalito for a very tasty lunch.

We were concluding a wonderful two-week road-trip along Coastal California that started in San Diego and ended here in San Francisco. Our day cycling was a favourite among the many memorable experiences we had on this trip because it was a really fun activity that we could all do together.

Kid’s perspective

Logan remembers the breakfast buffet at the hotel!  He also loved the fact that he was on a tandem bike with me during the ride, especially when we went fast and left Mommy ‘in the dust’.  He was able to take in more of the scenery too since he didn't have to worry about steering. As we rode over the bridge, Logan spotted a helicopter flying toward us and was amazed when it flew underneath the bridge (and us!).

Lee’s top tips for visiting San Francisco with kids

1) Enjoy the typical ‘tourist’ activities:  we loved riding bikes across the bridge, taking the cable car and visiting Fisherman's Wharf.

2) Don't miss the Exploratorium: there’s so much hands-on science for kids to discover.

3) Make the most of those breakfast buffets Logan loved so much: they helped us get out the door quickly and enjoy the day.

Where’s next on your family travel bucket list?

This year it’s a short trip to Memphis, Tennessee but next year we are planning to cross the Atlantic and explore beautiful Scotland!

Lastly, complete the sentence:

When we shut the front door ready to go and travel as a family, we always make sure we have…

audiobooks! They are the perfect way to pass a journey and a great way for a family to bond through all listening at the same time.

Check out these extra tips on travelling to San Francisco with kids.

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