San Francisco is the city of photo opportunities. Everywhere you turn there’s something incredible to take a picture of. Flying over the bay, you look out your window and see the Golden Gate Bridge. This is one of my favorite photo sides. I love starting my day out here, with a walk over the bridge and thru the park. You can see the famous prison, Alcatraz from the bridge. It’s only a short ferry ride to the prison. Rent a headset and hear all about the prison. Imagine being able to see the lights of San Francisco and know there’s no way out of Alcatraz. Walk thru the cell blocks, hear the stories and finish the visit up at the prison museum.
Come back to Fisherman’s Wharf on the North Beach for lunch. There’s an open marketplace there, with plenty of street performers and live entertainment. Take pictures of the sea lions that sleep by the wharf, while you eat your lunch. After lunch walk over to the Aquarium of the Bay. Located on Pier 39 this is once of the most fantastic aquariums I’ve ever been to. There are two clear tunnels surrounded by the waters of the bay. One can see thousands of fish, crabs and sharks swimming by. After this go to the touch pools. Here you can pick up crabs and starfish. After the aquarium, walk over to Boudins at the wharf. Buy some of the sourdough bread there. That’s what they are famous for. You can even have some of the bread sent home. It makes a wonderful gift. Continue your walk over to the Ghirardelli Chocolate factory. Forget your diet as you indulge in the sweets offered there. Remember to take pictures from the hill. Finish your afternoon off by going to see the Hearst Castle. It was built in 1919 and has over one hundred sixty rooms. After dinner, go back down to the wharf and take in one of the Nightclubs there. The show will definitely never be forgotten.
I recommend three tours in San Francisco. The first is to Muir woods. This is five hundred fifty acres of Redwood Trees. Don’t forget the camera! The sights here are breathtaking! The second tour is to the Napa or Sonoma Valley. On these vine covered hills are the California wineries. The Napa valley is famous for their American champagnes, while the Sonoma valley is famous for their wine. The views are gorgeous and you can sample many of the wines. It’s also a beautiful place to have lunch. The third tour I loved was to Farallon Islands. This is located about twenty-five miles off the coast. You board a boat at the San Francisco wharf. This trip takes you whale watching. Again don’t forget the camera. The sight of the whales so close to you is awesome as are all the sea birds flying by.
Before leaving san Francisco, walk thru Chinatown and down Lombard Street. Spend some time at the Riptide arcade and the Zoo. Most important, Take a Camera! The pictures of San Francisco will bring back memories for years to come. [more ]
Fisherman’s Wharf is my favourite part of San Fran and is in stark contrast to the skyscrapers around the commercial centre and union square. The architecture and the topography of the different regions of San Fran makes it an interesting city. To appreciate this try a journey on a cable car (like a tram rather than what we might usually think of as a cable car) from Ghiraddelli Square to the end of the Powell/Mason line. You go up steep hills and get amazing views of the city. It only costs $5 for one way. If you are going to keep using it during the day though get a whole day pass which is more economical. Bear in min the topography of the city if you are walking round – your planned route might include very steep hills!
The main shops are around Union Square/Stockton Street. The architecture of City Hall and Civic Centre Plaza is also worth a visit. Try a walk through Chinatown - a very coloufrul and bustling area. You will also get views of the Transamerica pyramid
You can then end up at the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill which will give you great views of the city. [more ]
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