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I lost my heart to San Francisco

A June 2002 trip to San Francisco by Muchmor

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: One of my favourite cities, San Francisco has lots to do, lots to see, and is a great place to stay.

I lost my heart to San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place with great atmosphere, sealions, ferries, Alcatraz, and shopping. We took a fantastic jeep tour of the city and surrounding area. Really the whole city is just fabulous. We also visited during Gay Pride week and watched the parade -- what a sight, a real eye-opener. If you're visiting during this time (end of June) then this is a must-see. Alcatraz Island is also an absolute mus -- if you visit San Francisco without visiting Alcatraz then you are really missing out.Quick Tips: It would be a mistake to miss a visit to Alcatraz. Book your ticked online well ahead of your trip -- if you wait until you're there, you may be disappointed as tickets t...Read More

Queen Anne Hotel

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Queen Anne Hotel Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Queen Ann is a small hotel located in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco. It is approximately one mile from the main shopping area of Union Square and about a mile and a half from Fisherman’s Wharf. The hotel is on a corner and has a car park opposite which costs a few dollars a day. From the outside, the building is quite petty, with canopies over the doorways and old-fashioned brickwork. The corner of the building is of a circular design. Apparently this building has survived a few big earthquakes, including the big one of 1906. It used to be a girls' boarding school and rumour has it that it's haunted -– but we never saw any evidence of this. When you enter the lobby, you...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 14, 2003

Queen Anne Hotel
1590 SUTTER ST
San Francisco, California 94109
415-441-2828

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf

Hotel | "Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf"

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf Photo, San Francisco, California
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It is very difficult to rate this hotel as there are as many good things about it as there are bad. Perhaps if I start with the good and work down. Location: This hotel is situated on Fisherman’s Wharf, which is one of the main tourist areas in SF. It's a two-minute walk to many of the local attractions such as Pier 39 where you can find the sealions and get Alcatraz and Bay tours. Pop across the road to the Cannary and then up the road to Ghiradelli Square for shops, restaurants, etc. It is a stone's throw from the cable-car turnaround, so you can get to pretty much anywhere from here. All in all, the location could not be much better. The rooms are large and you either get a king or two ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 14, 2003

Holiday Inn Fishermans Wharf
1300 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 771-9000

Jeep Tour of San Francisco

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Jeep Tour of San Francisco Photo, San Francisco, California
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Before visiting San Francisco I took a look at the web to see if there were any worthwhile tours and came across Golden Gate Jeep Tours. They offered escorted tours of San Francisco in a jeep, which sounded like fun. They offered many tours, from one-hour to full-day excursions. The prices were reasonable and, as a couple, we would have the jeep and driver to ourselves. We booked a three-hour deluxe tour of SF. On the morning of our tour we stood outside the hotel and, sure enough, exactly at the arranged time (9.30am), a racing-green jeep pulled up. Our tour guide/driver was Hank Davis; he also owned the company. We booked our tour for our secon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2003

Jeep Tour of San Francisco
Throughout San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

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Attraction | "Alcatraz - a must see"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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You board a boat at Pier 41 for the short ride across to the island itself. When you disembark, a tour guide greets you and explains the routes to take and what to expect, etc. There is quite a lot of walking up stairs and hills, so for those with disabilities and the like, there is a trolley bus to take you to the top. We started off by going into the "theatre" to watch a film about the history of the Rock which was very interesting. It outlined the various uses the place has had over the years -- by the Army and, of course, the prison to the Indian occupation in the late 1960s -- and how the place has been turned into the tourist attraction it now is. Your ticket includes a self-guided t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2003

Alcatraz Island/The Rock
San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco 94133
(415) 705-5555

Muir Woods

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Muir Woods Photo, San Francisco, California
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Muir Woods is located just north of Sausalito across the Golden Gate Bridge, just a few miles from San Francisco. It is about as different from San Francisco as you can get. The trees here are the giant redwood variety, which grow extremely tall with wide trunks, although they are not as big and impressive here as at Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. If you are in the area, it is well worth the short trip, but get here early as the car parks are small and fill very quickly. Overflow car parks are available but are 1 to 2 miles from the woods. There is a small fee to enter the woods; I think it was about $3 each. You then get a guide leaflet with details of the different walks a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 11, 2003

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

Gay Pride Parade

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Attraction

Gay Pride Parade Photo, San Francisco, California
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We went to San Francisco at the end of June and found out that this coincided with Gay Pride. This is the time when all the gay, lesbian, transgender, etc. people get together to have a good time and promote their lifestyle. The parade was on the Sunday, so we decided to go along, as we would probably never see the like again. True to British form, we got there a few hours before it was due to start to make sure we got a good spot--we did, since we were the only ones there! Apparently Americans do not queue and stand around for hours before an event like us Brits. The first thing to happen when the parade started was that hundreds of women on motorbikes went noisily down the road. The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 11, 2003

Gay Pride Parade
San Francisco City Centre
San Francisco, California