San Francisco Journals

San Francisco Whirlwind Tour

A January 2009 trip to San Francisco by MattF

Antique Street Car on Market From Milan, Italy Photo, San Francisco, California More Photos
Quote: My wife and I went for a long weekend getaway in San Francisco. We've been there a number of times, but this time we wanted to experience the city and the sites.

Seeing San Francisco by Metro and Foot

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Cable Car ride up California St. to Pacific Height Photo, San Francisco, California
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This was one visit when we wanted to get out in the city and see alot of the areas we never saw before. To start with we decided to take the the Cable Car up California St. from the Hyatt Rengency and to walk the victorian house tour of the Pacific Heights area. We thought this would be a great way to see alot of the city architecture, one of the more beautiful neighborhoods in the city, and see some inspiring San Francisco views. We really enjoyed the victorian house tour. The walking was not as bad as you would think with all the hills, you walked through some really pretty neighborhoods, and the homes are as picture perfect as what you always see in the travel magazines. We even saw th...Read More

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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Hotel | "Our Home Base for Adventure"

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Photo, San Francisco, California
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We chose to stay at this hotel for many reasons, and in the end, it was a great choice. The hotel is in a great location in the Embarcadero Center on the waterfront, across from the Ferry Building. If you stay here, your right at the cross roads for all the Metro transportation; street cars that will take you up Market Ave or down the Pier, and the famous San Francisco Cable Cars. The California Ave / Market St. Cable Car starts right out the front door! How great is that!It is also well located for the shopping crowd. There is a shopping mall in the Embarcadero Center right next to the hotel, and it's only a few blocks from the shopping Nirvana of Union Square. There are a number of re...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2009

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California 94111
(415) 788-1234

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours

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Attraction | "More than we Bargained For"

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours Photo, San Francisco, California
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On our long weekend in San Francisco my wife and I (really just me) thought it would be great to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Sounds innocuous enough doesn't it? Well, when you haven't rode a bike in 10 plus years, and you do it on a weekend when all the other bike enthusiasts and runners are out in force, and you think it's a simple ride across the bridge, you find out it's not as enjoyable as you had hoped.The adventure starts at Pier 41 and ends on the other side of the bridge in Sausalito. This is a LONG ride up steep hills and across a bridge with little clearance for passing. Be aware that it can be a little frightening when heavy trafficed - like on a weekend!Ove...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 2, 2009

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours
2715 Hyde Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 202-8888

Trolleys, Buses, and Street Cars

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California Ave Cable Car Photo, San Francisco, California
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Getting around in San Francisco can be daunting if you don't know your way around and a little intimidating in a car due to the traffic. We were advised by the hotel to get a 3 day unlimited use Metro Pass to use any of the city's public transportation. This turned out to be a grat idea and a great bargain. over the four days that we were there, we used the cable cars, street cars, and buses to see the city, and I mean we really got out there!I think I love the Street Cars the most. They are antiques from all over the world and have been refurbished back into working order. The street car that impressed me the most was from Milan, Italy. All wood, beautifully restored, and well maintained....Read More