San Francisco Journals

"City" of San Francisco

A July 2004 trip to San Francisco by vance16

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: Unbiased and Unsolicited: San Francisco is California's definitive city. Read about what I have encountered. It may help your next visit.

"City" of San Francisco

Overview

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
Quote:
Given its population density and metropolitan ambience, San Francisco fits the "city" description better than any other place in California. Its topography, location (on the tip of a peninsula), and scenery supplies innumerable views to behold (a paradise for amateur and expert photographers). There are many fun neighborhoods, from the chic Marina District to the eclectic Haight to bustling Market Street. As with any city, there are some downsides. Here are a few: lots of transients, driving is a chore, and finding a place to park is a frustrating experience (and can be very expensive). Things to see (or do): Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Marina District, SBC Park (Giants Baseball), Cliff Ho...Read More

Pasta Pomodoro

Restaurant

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This is a quick and inexpensive Italian option. What to like about it: reasonably priced quality fare, substantial portions, clean amenities, contemporary decor, and more often than not, a responsive staff. I enjoy the classic capellini pomodoro.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2005

Pasta Pomodoro
1875 Union St
San Francisco, California 94133
+1 415 771 7900

Cheesecake Factory

Restaurant

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Given the location, on top of Macy’s at Union Square, it provides an excellent view of the city below. It is a chain restaurant, so it lacks a local flair; nevertheless, the menu is big, the portions are large, and the taste rarely disappoints. I enjoy the Shrimp Po’ Boy, Shrimp and Bacon Sandwich, or Orange Chicken.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2005

Cheesecake Factory
170 Ofarrell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 391-4444

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

Attraction | "Alcatraz"

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There is an interesting piece of history a boat ride away. I am not a history buff of any sort; however, this place has an odd appeal. The audio tour was done very well, giving one without much imagination a feel for what it was like when the facility was operational. Arrange boat reservations 1 week in advance.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2005

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

Golden Gate Bridge

Attraction

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The Golden Gate is an engineering marvel and the symbol for Bay Area. It is free to look at and is quite a spectacle. It is something not to be missed.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2005

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

Cable Cars

Attraction

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There is not enough nostalgia to justify a long wait. Check and see what the wait time is before you start waiting. Lines are slower than they appear. Spend valuable time with other more entertaining pursuits.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 26, 2005

Cable Cars
401 Van Ness
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 673-6864