San Francisco Journals

San Francisco Insider

A travel journal to San Francisco by CaRJuNKeGrL

Quote: This is an insider's view of San Francisco from someone who has lived within 10 minutes of it for my entire life.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Restaurant | "Bubba Gump's"

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This place is a blast. They have several locations across the United States, as well as some internationally. The entire restaurant is themed around the movie "Forrest Gump." All of the staff is full of knowledge about the movie, and they invite you to participate in trivia contests. The fun staff is one of the great features that bring this place alive. The San Francisco location is located right at the end of Pier 39, so you get a full view of the marina and bay. The inside is full of decorations related to the movie. One of my favorite quotes inside the restaurant is the sign saying, "I gotta pee," posted above the entrance to the restrooms. That cracks me up every time. I think one of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Pier 39
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 781-4867

Rainforest Cafe

Restaurant | "The Rainforest Cafe"

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The Rainforest Cafe is obviously a rain-forest-themed restaurant. The decorations go above and beyond, however. Once you enter, you are sent into a tropical rainforest with giant tropical fish tanks everywhere. There are animated creatures that emerge from the rain forest periodically. The sky changes throughout the day, and you will see shooting stars blaze across the night sky. The food is very good, with dishes such as Mogambo Shrimp, Passport to Paradise, and the Cyclone Crab Cakes. My favorite is the Monsoon Grill. The only thing that is severely lacking is the service. In my experiences with this location, the word "horrible" describes their efficiency. My cousin had a similar complain...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Rainforest Cafe
145 Jefferson St.
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 440-5610

Pier 39

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Attraction | "Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf"

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Pier 39 is a huge tourist destination. It's full of unique specialty shops and fantastic restaurants and is the hub for tours to Alcatraz and around the bay. There are also attractions, such as the hand-crafted Italian carousel and the Aquarium of the Bay, which has hundreds of feet of underwater tunnels showcasing the varieties of life in the San Francisco Bay, including sharks. I enjoy shopping there for gifts and decorations, such as the many black-and-white photos of San Francisco I have framed in my room. The restaurants mainly feature the delicious fresh seafood from the bay, but there is something for everyone if you look. Don't miss the tour to Alcatraz. I've lived here all my life and just...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 981 7437

Haight Street Market

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Attraction | "Haight-Ashbury"

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This is the place for all the die-hard hippies, stoners, teen rebels, independent fashionistas, and music lovers. Haight Street is lined with music/record stores, head shops, piercing/tattoo parlors, and some cool clothing shops. It's kind of San Francisco's version of Venice Beach in Southern California. It's a bit of a shame, because this place has the potential to be a wonderful shopping district, but it's incessantly overrun with drugs, teen runaways, and the homeless. Haight-Ashbury was made famous in the 1960s as the epicenter of the hippie era. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane all resided in the area. Now it's kind of the hub for rebels. I spent a lot of my teen...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Haight Street Market
1530 Haight St
San Francisco, California 94117
+1 415 255 0644

Paramount's Great America

Attraction | "Great America"

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Great America is quite a large amusement park. It has eight roller coasters, including Top Gun, a suspended coaster; the Vortex, a standing coaster; Invertigo, a backwards/forwards suspended rollercoaster; and the Grizzly, an old wooden coaster. A couple other thrill rides include Drop Zone, a freefall ride, Xtreme Skyflyer, and Delerium, a crazy spinning pendulum that is out of this world. Santa Clara can get pretty warm, so the new water park is a breath of fresh air. It has six waterslides, a lagoon, and a lazy river. All in all, it’s a great theme park. It is a little pricey and can get very crowded, but with the addition of the water park, it's worth it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 26, 2005

Paramount's Great America
P.O. Box 1776
Santa Clara, California 95052
(408) 988-1776