Everyone knows that Hippie Hill in San Francisco is one of the best places to celebrate 4/20, right? (Which is a national holiday for weed smokers) Well, for the past two years it has been my excuse to visit San Francisco in the early spring, when it’s the most beautiful.
My first year at Hippie Hill was the ultimate experience because it was the very beginning to the massive festival we all know now. The free event hosted a live dj with food trucks, Porta Potties and a grand entrance with security which wasn’t too overwhelming at first. But since the legalization of Marijuana, weed smokers stormed hippie hill in 2019 officially making it overrrr rated. I was eventually over the whole 4/20 event at Hippie Hill so I decided to spend the rest of the day exploring the gigantic Golden Gate Park. (Which is probably a better way to spend your next 4/20 in San Francisco.)
Golden Gate Park
The Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is over a thousand acres in total !( It’s so huge that it could take a couple of days to explore and see completely) Spending a day in the Golden Gate Park is easy because it’s free to roam around by foot, bicycles and scooters; You could get lost in all the lakes, hills, meadows and gardens. I absolutley love finding huge parks like this right next to the city because it reminds us to connect with the natural world.
While strolling part of the thousand acre park we stumbled across many Museums, a Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers and more. Despite the many activities to do in the Golden Gate Park, I’ve always wanted to experience the Japanese Tea Garden for myself, so why not tour the garden on a beautiful sunny spring day in San Francisco!
Japanese Tea Garden
The Garden filled me with tranquility. I enjoyed the whole Japanese familiarity and the heavenly impression it left on me. All the structures were big, bright, and bold! There is wayyy more to see and to do at this garden that I didn’t capture like sipping hot tea or walking through the Zen garden.
If you ever get the chance to experience one of the oldest public gardens in the United States, make sure you read and learn of its history. Behind this beautiful curated garden is a sad story of its Japanese landscape architect and caretaker, Makoto Hagiwara.
Visiting the Japanese-style Tea Garden was one of my favorite things about my trip to San Francisco.