San Francisco Journals

The City by the Bay

A travel journal to San Francisco by EPearl

Quote: I truly left my heart in this wonderful city by the Bay. Whatever you are looking for, you can find here, in terms of a vacation holiday.

The City by the Bay

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Overview

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What I enjoyed the most about San Francisco was the accessibility to so many different things to do and see. I love to travel, and this city made me feel like I was continually traveling to different times and places. You were in a big city, but there were places to go and things to do that gave you the sensation of being far away from the city, such as Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Sausalito, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Oakland. They are all within easy travel distance, by car, bus, trolley, or optional tours that are usually available. Check at the desk of your hotel first. Quick Tips: The famed cable cars of the city are often congested. Everyone (tourist and resident alike) wants t...Read More

Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Hotel | "Holiday Inn - Financial District"

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We stayed at this hotel because this is where our travel agent booked us. It turned out not to be too bad in terms of location. We were very close to Chinatown, but not that far away from other areas that we couldn't walk (we were young and athletic - don't know if I could do it now). We could always find our way back to the hotel because we were right down the street from the very tall, pyramidal building which houses the Trans America insurance company. You can see it from all over the city. The hotel itself was very nice, as most Holiday Inns tend to be. Very tall (27 floors). We were way up in the clouds! They had a nice cocktail lounge which we visited one evening, and even got to see a (...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2002

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, California 94108
(415) 433-6600

Muir Woods

Attraction

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For another out-of-this-world experience, take a trip about 12 miles north of San Francisco to the Muir Woods. It is a marvelous place to get away from it all. The towering redwoods really make a person feel totally insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Many of them have been standing for over 1000 years, and they stand over 250 feet high. Weather in the woods is usually cool because of the lack of sunlight. This also prevents vegetation from growing under the redwoods, which means the animal life population is limited. Enjoy the tranquility of the area. There are plenty of trails for your enjoyment and relaxation. Tours are available from San Francisco. The road system to the Muir Woo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2002

Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696
(415) 561-4700

Coit Tower

Attraction

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This tower was originally built in 1933 and named after its benefactor, Lillie Hitchcock Coit. It was built as a monument, and in honor of, San Francisco firemen. It's shape (all 210 feet of it) is of a fire hose nozzle. After venturing up to Telegraph Hill, we chose not to climb the tower, but we did climb down the side of Telegraph Hill, through the pines, and encountered some extraordinarily lovely, small homes situated down the hillside. Another part of the charm of the city that we might otherwise have missed.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Coit Tower
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 362-0808

Ghirardelli Square

Attraction

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Close enough to Fisherman's Wharf to actually be considered part of the Wharf scene, is Ghirardelli Square. It is named after the famous Ghirardelli family of chocolate. Of course, there is a chocolate factory on site, complete with soda fountain, serving sundaes using that scrumptious Ghirardelli chocolate. A walking tour is available to those interested. For the rest of us who still want to fit into all the clothes we are going to buy at the other stores in the Square, it's off to shop! The assortment of stores includes restaurants, as well as jewelry, imported sweaters, leather goods, designer clothing, souvenirs/t-shirts, artwork, etc. Something for everybody. Stores are usually open fro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2002

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 775-5500

Fisherman's Wharf

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Story/Tip

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One of the more interesting areas of San Francisco, to me, was that of Fisherman's Wharf. I have always been a salt air and sea lover from way back, but have also enjoyed being involved in the area that I am visiting. This provided a chance to satisfy my interests. Fisherman's Wharf is an area of great interest and diversity, and it attracts a good deal of people. Sometimes the crowds could become a little overwhelming. On top of everything else, there are street entertainers, which causes further congestion in the area. But if you love being a part of what's going on around you, that is the way you will feel about Fisherman's Wharf. The Wharf area has many interesting restaurants, as...Read More

Chinatown

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This interesting town within a town was the closest to where we were staying at the Holiday Inn-Financial District. All we virtually had to do was cross the street, go across the pedestrian bridge, and we were there. It is definitely a "walking around" place. Lots of stores and restaurants. Plenty of places to spend your money. At night it is even more interesting, because everything is lit up, and it gives it a special glow. We had dinner at one of the restaurants we picked out as we were walking along. Plenty of choices if you like Chinese food. At the time, we didn't have that much experience with it, but were more than satisfied with our meals. Take a walk around the city. You'll love th...Read More