San Francisco Journals

Climbing San Francisco

A May 2000 trip to San Francisco by MarkR37

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: San Francisco is truly a city of Neighborhoods. If you are attempting to do the city without an escort or guide I highly recommend buying a public transit pass ($10 for 3 days $15 7 days) which covers bus, cable car and train transportation in the city.

Climbing San Francisco

Overview

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Walking through Chinatown is like traveling to another country. Touring the Castro Neighborhood and checking out the wonderful Castro Theatre is a must for movie Palace/architecture fans Plus, you get a gratis organ recital before every show! Golden Gate Park is one of the best city parks I have ever visited. Ride the cable cars and visit the cable car museum. What a treat, and to think, the city actually discontinued service back in the 1970's. What were they thinking??? Quick Tips: Reasonable prices for hotels are hard to come by. Try this website for possible deals href="http://www.hoteldiscounts.com/"www.hoteldiscounts.com Best...Read More

Sir Francis Drake Hotel

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Hotel

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The Location was excellent. Powell street is about a block from Union square and about 4 blocks from Chinatown. The Powell street Cable Car stops right outside the door. Doormen wear funny looking Beefeaters costumes and are good sources for resturaunt recommendations. The lobby is gorgeous and first class. It is like stepping into a posh 1930s hotel. The rooms are a nice but a little small and our bathroom was a little outdated. Try to get as high as possible for a nice view and to avoid traffic noise. Scala''s Bistro, right off the main lobby is excellent.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 15, 2001

Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 392-7755

Scala's Bistro

Restaurant | "Scalla's Bistro"

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This was a really fine restaurant. The interior is gorgeous. Warm tones, linen on the tables, open kitchen in the back and great ceilings/ lighting make for a very pleasant atmosphere. The food was very good and very nicely presented. Request a table by the huge windows overlooking Powell street or a cozy booth toward the back. You won't be sorry you went here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2001

Scala's Bistro
432 Powell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 395-8555

Castro Theater

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Attraction | "Castro Theatre"

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For movie palace fans, the castro is a dream come true. This 1920's deco/spanish/baroque theatre is an architectural marvel and it is sad that so many of these fine movie houses are gone forever. Before each show, the original organ rises from the orchestra pit and an organist plays a few old silent movie scores to the apreciative crowd. This is a majical place, especially when it is full. I ususally try to go to movie palaces in every city I visit. This is one of the best. Check it out!

Also, have a sip of water from the wonderful deco drinking fountains in the lobby.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2001

Castro Theater
429 Castro St
San Francsico, California 94114
+1 415 621 6120

Golden Gate Bridge

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Attraction | "Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito"

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Hill up to Golden Gate Bridge is tough. But once on top of the bridge the work is all worth it. The views are incredible! It is often windy and cool up there so pack a sweatshirt or windbreaker. Take a right after crossing the bridge on 101 to Sausalito, which is a cute little bay town. But don't whimp out there! Keep going to Tiburon. The scenery is really wonderful and the ferry back is oh so nice. We spent an hour or so walking arond Tiburon's quaint shops and had a couple of slices of pizza before heading back. We saw more golden retrievers there for some reason. Must be a rich folks thing!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2001

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

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Attraction | "Alcatraz"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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Going to Alcatraz was a really fun time. I am fortunate to have never been in prison and this was about as close as I want to come! At the bottom of the hill where you disembark from the ferry, there is a small movie theatre that gives and introduction to the history of the island from its time as a military base to a prison and including its time as an American Indian Protest in the early 1970s. This is a great way to get acquainted with the island before heading up the hill to the prison. For those of you who are organized crime buffs Alcrataz housed a who's who of amarican criminals. Al Capone, the Birdman of Alcatraz, George "Machine Gun" Kelly all spent time on the rock. I heard in the audio tour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2001

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

Cable Cars

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Attraction | "Ride the Cable Cars"

Cable Cars Photo, San Francisco, California
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Designed and built in 1873 by Andrew Smith Hallidie, the cable cars are still running strong over a hundred years later up the huge hills of San Francisco. It is quite a San Francisco treat to hop on one of these old relics and be transported up over Nob Hill while taking in the breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. If you are lucky you can sit on one of the outside benches and hope that your conductor is in the mood to play the bell as the car rolls along. It is amazing to me that the city actually stopped using the cable car system in the 1970's. They came to their senses, however, and other than the Golden Gate Bridge, they are the most recognised and beloved landmark in this great city. We ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2001

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