Welcome to San Francisco City!♥
Today I am sharing with you my short and sweet trip to the city of hills and wind, San Francisco! I went to San Francisco with my friend and her 2 daughters, a short long weekend trip to celebrate their graduation. It was more like we want to go somewhere, where should we go? We decided it on a weekend and it so happen that there was a flight sale and so we booked it, and I couldn’t be happier with the decision. We only had 4 days to stay there and so our schedule was full packed from early morning till the evening. There was no time to waste, we just go, go and go! We had to see what we can in 4 days and so we picked the top attractions to visit. Let me share with you what we had the chance to see.
The Golden Gate Bridge
Let us start with the iconic and famous San Francisco landmark, The Golden Gate Bridge. Who would visit San Francisco without visiting this bridge? It’s almost always an assumption that when you visit San Francisco, you would have at least seen this iconic bridge, and so that’s what we did. It was in the top of our itinerary and I was really excited to see it. We did not rent a car, instead we bought a multi attraction pass the “Go Card San Francisco” which offers free and discounted rates to attractions, as well as shuttle services going several places. It was very convenient and we were able to see a lot in a short that we were there. We took the shuttle service that goes to the Golden Gate Bridge and we walked the bridge from end to end. I know it’s just a bridge, but seeing it and actually being there walking in the bridge was an awesome experience, and truly the highlight of the vacation. The view from the lookout point was magnificent, and as expected the lookout area was packed with tourist, like us.
Fisherman’s Wharf was actually the first one that we visited when we arrived, you could probably guess why, food! We want food! We were lucky enough to get a hotel that is walking distance to Fisherman’s Wharf so getting a meal before we start our day and end our day was so convenient. I love this place, it’s so alive busy and there are a lot of food options. They have their famous crab and clam chowder in bread bowl in almost every stall in the market, and I suggest try it at least once, with the bread bowl. I would say this is one of the busiest tourist area in the city, not only to find food but also to buy souvenirs. This is also close to Pier 39 and The Ghirardelli Square. Oh that Ghirardelli Square is so sinful!
Now we go to Pier 39 which is also located at the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The colony of sea lions are the main attraction of this area. I had seen sea lions before, one or two after the other but not as a colony like this. They alone were a sight to see in Pier 39, we stayed there for few minutes just watching them, they are very entertaining in some way. Some of them are really funny and playful while others are grumpy and lazy. Watch the video to see the playful sea lions.
Lombard Street – Crooked Street
Lombard Street in San Francisco is famous for the steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turn. It was called the crooked street, with all the zigzag turn from top to end of the street. It was in between houses which almost appears to be a private road, but it is not. Cars actually pass this street, but most of the time it was just crowded with people wanting to see it rather than vehicles using it. I was really interested to see this street, but I was slightly disappointed when I actually saw it. Yes, it was crooked and a little bit steep, but it was shorter that I thought it would be. We walked from top down to the main road and it only took us about 5-10 minutes assuming no stopping to take photos. It was a nice experience to see it though.
Hello Ladies! Painted Ladies are a row of Victorian style houses and buildings that are painted in three or more colors and are located at the historic Alamo Square. They are more like town houses but they really captures the attention of people because of the dainty colors of the facade and the captivating Victorian style of the houses. They look nice although there is really nothing much to see except for these houses. Unless you plan to stay at the park, a visit to see the Painted Ladies will not require much time. If you are short of time, I would even suggest have this at the last of your itinerary and it is a little bit far and there is nothing much to see.
Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Another must thing to do when in San Francisco is to take a Golden Gate Bay Cruise. There are quite a few tour companies offering this tour you can find them in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The cruise is a nice way of seeing the waterfront in a different angle, the Golden Gate Bridge and the famous Alcatraz. There is a different Alcatraz tour that stops at the penitentiary for a walking tour. The cruise was 1 hour and it was really worth it.
Palace of Fine Arts
We did a quick stop at the Palace of Fine Arts as one of our last stop. Quite a huge area but not big enough that will require more than 1 hour to go around. It’s like a huge park with walk ways, lagoons, fountains and of course those nice old style architecture.
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