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Seeing the sights of San Fran

An October 2003 trip to San Francisco by lubmac

Lombard Street Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: What can one say that hasn't been said about San Francisco? The mere mention of the name conjures up thoughts of fresh seafood, Ghirardelli chocolate, an infamous prison, and cable cars. A city with more faces than a quick change artist, set on hills providing an exquisite view.

Seeing the sights of San Fran

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Lombard Street Photo, San Francisco, California
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There are so many great things to do, so it's hard to say which is best. Treat yourself to the almost cathedral-like hush of the towering coastal redwoods at the Muir Woods National Monument, just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Check out the Rodin sculptures and Monet paintings in the Legion of Honor Art Museum. Embark on the audio tour of Alcatraz -- seeing the infamous prison and dispelling the myths surrounding the place and its roster of inmates. Ride the cable cars up and down the steep grades of Market Street and Hyde Ave or drive down the serpentine zigzag of Lombard Street. Drink in the panoramic view of the bay, the bridges and the city from the top of Coit Tower. Eat in Chinato...Read More
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We stayed at the Chelsea and were quite pleased with what we found. The rooms were large, comfortable, clean, and nicely decorated. In a city where parking can cost you an arm and a leg, the Chelsea offers free parking in their own street level and basement parking areas for all guests. Bus service (Muni) to Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square is only a block away, which is also nice. The staff was very helpful throughout our stay: making recommendations, giving directions, and even handling some faxes for me. We liked the security of the Chelsea too. The only way to get to the inside corridor rooms is to have a room key, which also accesses the elevator lobbies at street level and in the basement g...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2003

Chelsea Motor Inn
2095 Lombard Street
San Francisco, California 94123
(415) 563-5600

Alioto's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Alioto's "

Alioto's Restaurant Photo, San Francisco, California
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We wanted to eat seafood on the wharf and so chose Alioto's due to an article I had read about the place. It turned out to be the right choice! We were treated to impeccable, friendly service and mouthfuls of fresh-caught seafood. My wife ordered Stuffed Rex Sole, which was bursting with baby shrimp in a cream sauce with chives, served on a bed of tender fresh-steamed spinach. I asked the waiter what he suggested and went with an item not on the menu. He recommended grilled Halibut (caught that morning), drizzled with a light lemon butter/white wine combination, with pan fried potatoes and some of the same succulent spinach that my wife enjoyed with her meal. It was wonderful! Along with the me...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Alioto's Restaurant
#8 Fisherman's Wharf at Taylor Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 673-0183

Mel's Drive-In on Lombard

Restaurant | "Mel's Drive-In"

Mel's Drive-In on Lombard Photo, San Francisco, California
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Right down the block from where we stayed was a plethora of restaurants. We stopped in to Mel's because it looked like a fun place for a casual lunch of good ol' 1950s-style drive-in/diner fare. It proved to be just that, but at a somewhat higher cost than back in those car-hop days. The place is decorated with drive-in memorabilia, plenty of stainless steel, and icons from the '50s and '60s. At each table are tabletop jukeboxes with a collection of available hits that span over five decades of music. I got the Avocado Burger - a 1/3-pound hamburger with bacon, avacado wedges, and all the usual veggies (tomato, lettuce, pickles, and red onion). After adding fries to the plate and a soft drink, the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2003

Mel's Drive-In on Lombard
2165 Lombard St
San Francisco, California 94123
+1 415 921 3039

Bay Watch Restaurant Photo, San Francisco, California
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If you're looking for a great place for breakfast or lunch, try the Bay Watch Restaurant. The restaurant has a light, casual atmosphere with an attenive waitstaff. For breakfast, the menu has a variety of options, from big country breakfasts to light, healthy selections. One morning I had the Hungry Jack--two eggs any style, bacon, and your choice of pancakes (I went for the fresh blueberry pancakes!), and it was more than enough to satisfy a big appetite. The pancakes were light and fluffy, yet loaded with fresh blueberries and the bacon was done to perfection. We liked the place so much that we ended up going back the next day for breakfast. That next morning I tried their house variety of French...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 23, 2003

Bay Watch Restaurant
2150 Lombard
San Francisco, California
415/775-9673

Dojima-An

Restaurant | "Eagle Cafe"

Dojima-An Photo, San Francisco, California
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We had booked an early tour of Alcatraz and weren't sure how long it would take us to get to the Wharf from our hotel by bus, so we decided to find something for breakfast near or on the Wharf. As we looked around, we saw the Eagle Cafe up on the second floor of the Pier 39 shops and thought we'd walk over to see what they had to offer. We read the menu and decided to try the restaurant out. The Chef's Special Omelet sounded good, so we split one. It ended up that it really was enough for both of us. The omelet was jam-packed with bacon, sausage, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes. It was coupled with some well-seasoned home-fried potatoes, which were delicious also. With juice for me and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 25, 2003

Dojima-An
219 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
415-956-0838

CyBelle's Pizza

Restaurant | "Cy Belle's Pizza"

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We were walking down Chestnut, looking for someplace casual to just sit back, watch the game and have a bite to eat one evening and stumbled onto Cy Belle's. We had already passed several restaurants and we weren't sure what we were hungry for, so I think it was the smell that grabbed us and lured us into the establishment. The aroma of the fresh baking pizza and tangy sauce whet our appetite and we were not disappointed. The decor is pretty much bare bones, no-nonsense, a table-and-chairs type of pizza place. All the attention is on the food, not some drippy candles and checkered tablecloths. We ordered a couple slices of the freshly made pies and settled down at a table to eat and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 2, 2003

CyBelle's Pizza
2105 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

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Attraction | "Alcatraz Island"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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We've all heard about the notorious characters that once were residents at Alcatraz. The tough reputation of the prison itself is widely known and portrayed in many movies. Taking a tour of Alcatraz helps sort out the facts from the fiction. The only way to get to Alactraz is by the Blue and Gold Fleet ferry boats. The boat disembarks at the dock and there is usually a ranger or volunteer that gives a short synopsis of the island's history and myths. Things like the fact that Robert Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz) never had his birds while imprisoned there, and that the island started out as a Civil War fort, then became a military prison prior to becoming the infamous federal penitentiary. Next, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 24, 2003

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

Point Reyes National Seashore

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Point Reyes National Seashore Photo, San Francisco, California
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Point Reyes was a surprise to me. It has such a variety of terrain to see! There are rolling grassland hills, rocky outcrops, farmland, and beaches. As we drove from the Bear Valley Visitor's Center to where the Lighthouse Visitor's Center is (over 20 miles), we passed through historical ranches that are still in operation, one of which had a herd of elk grazing along the hilltop. We saw over 30 deer along the way to and from the lighthouse, too. When we got to the Lighthouse Visitor's Center, it was closed and enshrouded with fog, but the vistas from the overlooks by the parking area were awesome to see and well worth the drive. The rugged beaches and cliffs with the waves crashing against them we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2003

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, California 94956
(415) 464-5100

Muir Woods

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Attraction | "Muir Woods National Monument"

Muir Woods Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Muir Woods National Monument is not only a place to observe the majesty of the towering coastal redwoods, but it is also a hushed respite from the noisy rush of San Francisco. You have to be going to the Muir Woods NM to find the place – it’s not just right off the highway unless you're cutting across to the beach. Park in the main lot off Muir Woods Road and walk over to the entry station where you'll need to pay the $4 per person entry fee prior to entering the park(believe me- the $4 is more than worth it). After entering the park and striking off down the boardwalk trail, it occurred to me how quiet and peaceful the woods were. It was as if in the presence of such colossal cr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2003

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