San Francisco Journals

A San Francisco Treat

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A January 2007 trip to San Francisco by cindylou11157

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square.

A San Francisco Treat

Overview

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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San Francisco is a picturesque city with many nooks and crannies to see. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time and taking the trek across it on foot, taking the ferry to the infamous Alcatraz Island and standing in the same cell as Al Capone, strolling through Fisherman’s Wharf and eating their famous chowder in a sourdough bowl, riding the cable car, eating in Chinatown, sampling Ghirardelli Chocolate, hanging with the seals at Pier 39, shopping in Union Square, driving down crooked hill, and much, much more. This city offers great restuarants to great shopping. Electronics and camera equipment can be purchased for the same price or better as on the Internet. You can stroll through the cit...Read More

Pier 39

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Attraction | "Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square"

Pier 39 Photo, San Francisco, California
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Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square are all located on the San Francisco Bay and are in walking distance of each other. Fisherman’s Wharf is dotted with restaurants, electronic stores, and T-shirt shops—your usual tourist trap, but you will still visit it anyway. I was very disappointed in the restaurants. They are over priced and, coming from the East Coast, I do not like the West Coast seafood. They are famous for their Dungeness crabs. Compared to good old Maryland crabs, Dungeness have no flavor. The Bay Area is known for its famous chowder in a sourdough bowl. I stopped at a street vendor thinking it would be cheaper than eating it in the restaurant, but I was wrong. A b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

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

Golden Gate Bridge

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Attraction | "The Golden Gate Bridge"

Golden Gate Bridge Photo, San Francisco, California
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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized bridges in the world. Painted in its famous orange color, this icon is seen from the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County along highway 101. This was once the largest suspension bridge in the world. The steel girders were built in my hometown. Bethlehem Steel is listed on the construction plaque on the bridge.I entered the visitor center from the San Francisco side. The bridge is even more impressive up close. Make sure you bring a jacket if you plan on walking the span of the bridge. It is 1 mile long and it gets very windy especially at mid span. You have a great view looking out both ways, one wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay
San Francisco, California

The Streets of San Francisco Part One

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Story/Tip

Crooked Hill Photo, San Francisco, California
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Everywhere you look, you see a familiar sight? I was never here before. I guess I watch too much TV and the movies. From the Streets of San Francisco, to Full House, Mrs. Doubtfire , Dirty Harry, Pacific Heights, The Rock, and The Love Bug, everywhere you look in San Fran is out of a TV show or a movie. I think I covered it all.I stayed down in the wharf so I was only a block away from the Powell and Mason Line, the renowned Cable Car. I felt like I was in the Rice A Roni commercial. For only $11 per day, you can ride all day on both lines. My ride began going up through North Beach, the Italian neighborhood then through Nob Hill, the upper crust neighborhood and then my final designation I go...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 18, 2007

The Pyramid Photo, San Francisco, California
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The next day, I was on my own again so I booked a tour ahead of time. For only $20 (purchase on the Internet in advance for only $17) this double decker bus takes you to all the major sites in the city and it is good for 3 days. It is a hop on hop off tour and pointing out all the famous buildings and points of interest. I saw the Clock Tower at the Farmers Market that turned 4 inches when one of the earthquakes hit. I passed the building in Earthquake, The Pyramid Building, City Hall, Coit Tower, China Town Gate, the house in Mrs. Doubtfire, and much more. I have a short attention span and could not keep up with all the information. This is a great way to see most of the major attractions and you do ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2007

Alcatraz Island/The Rock

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Attraction | "The Rock"

Alcatraz Island/The Rock Photo, San Francisco, California
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Alcatraz, the infamous federal penitentiary, housed some of the most notorious criminals of our time. During its 29 years as a prison, Al Capone, Bird Man of Alcatraz, George Machine Gun Kelly, and Arthur Doc Baker were some of the most famous prisoners. This decaying structure was the first operating lighthouse on the west coast and served as a fortress. In 1933 Alcatraz became what it is most known for today, a maximum security prison. Today it is part of the National Park Service and this is why it is still standing today, SAVE THE ROCK.It is best to purchase tickets ahead of time, they sell out fast. The ferry leaves from pier 33 at 9:30am and runs until either 6:30pm in the summer or 4:30...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2007

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

Muir Woods

Attraction

Muir Woods Photo, San Francisco, California
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Muir Woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Named after the conservationist, John Muir, this is a tree lover’s paradise. Only 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, this is a must-see attraction. The park is open from 8:00am till dusk and the entrance fee is only $3 for adults and children 15 years and younger are free. This park is filled with coastal Red Woods, some of the tallest trees in the world among a number of other plant life.At the main gate you can purchase tickets and a map of the park. You can spend as little as one hour to all day, depending on how much walking or hiking you pl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 1, 2007

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