San Francisco Journals

San Francisco Livin'

An August 2005 trip to San Francisco by cr008k

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: Great places to visit in San Francisco from someone who recently moved here

San Francisco Livin'

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Overview

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The City By the Bay is the most amazing city in the entire United States. Once you come, you will never want to leave.First of all, its breathtakingly beautiful. You have magnificent bay views, with the Golden Gate Bridge or the Bay Bridge completing the magnificent picture. San Francisco is a city of hills, and a city of old Victorian mansions, so everywhere you walk is beautiful. You can be taking an afternoon stroll and just look around at the rows of old Victorians and the beautiful water and feel like you are in heaven. Even the occasional fog is beautiful and lends a sort of surreal quality to the whole city.There's also so much to do in San Francisco I'd make sure you lea...Read More

Chinatown

Attraction | "San Francisco Chinatown"

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For great Chinese food, walk around San Francisco's Chinatown area--there are hundreds of really great cute little inexpensive restaurants. The best thing to do in Chinatown is go with a group and get dim sum, which is basically like a bunch of different little appetizers you choose off a menu (or a passing platter). They are all good and most are very inexpensive, and you can pretty much go to any restaurant in Chinatown to get it--they all offer it and it is good in all of them. Just walk around and wait for someone to hand you one of the many menus that feature dim sum. I definitely highly recommend you go there and try it.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Chinatown
Grant Avenue
San Francisco, California

UN Plaza / Civic Center

Attraction | "UN Plaza/Civic Center"

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There is a large open area outside the UN Plaza, by the Civic Center, where a local market is held every day. On Wednesdays and Sundays it is a great farmers market, with fruit, fish, cheese, vegetables, and all kinds of wonderful things, mostly homegrown or organic and all at great prices. The other days of the week it is more of a craft/artisan market. People sell all different kinds of nice crafts and homemade things, and there is some very wonderful stuff there--hand-blown glass and purses and a great and wide selection. There is something for everyone.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

UN Plaza / Civic Center
Market Street & Hyde Street
San Francisco, California 94115
(415) 674-9701

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

Attraction | "Alcatraz Island Tour"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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There is a great Alcatraz Island tour that leaves multiple times a day from Fisherman's Wharf. I recommend that you call ahead or book tickets online in advance because these tours fill up very fast. You usually have to book at least a day or two before you want to go (although that is less true in the off-season). The boat takes you over to Alcatraz Island. It is a beautiful trip over and you can see the island and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background (if it is not too foggy). You can walk around the island and prison and stay for as long as you'd like--you don't have to go back on a specific boat. I would recommend doing the guided audio tour of the prison. You just get a casset...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

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

Fisherman's Wharf

Attraction

Fisherman's Wharf Photo, San Francisco, California
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This is a must-visit. Fisherman's Wharf is the last pier on the water. There are 49, I think, and it is Pier 49. You can take a bus to get there. There are tons of attractions: lots of little shops, a merry-go-round for kids, a creperie, and a bunch of seafood and souvenir vendors.

You also have to get the famous clam chowder in the sourdough bread bowl. This is fantastic pretty much anywhere, even the stands that are set up right as you walk in to the wharf. This is an absolute must-do for any first-time visitors to San Francisco (or even if you've come before--you know how good the clam chowder is!).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero
San Francisco, California
415/956-3493

Union Square Plaza

Attraction | "Union Square"

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For absolutely the best shopping, go to Union Square in San Francisco. This square, and the surrounding blocks on Market Street, have every type of brand-name store you could dream of. There's Macy's, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany's, Cartier, Gucci, Prada... everything you would expect from big-city shopping. For those on smaller budgets, there is also an H&M, Gap, Abercrombie, American Eagle, Ann Taylor Loft... all the typical stores you would find in a mall that had everything you could ever want. The San Francisco Shopping Center is here, so a lot of the stores are inside that, but you do have to walk around the blocks in the surrounding area to get to most of these stores, so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Union Square Plaza
Bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets
San Francisco, California