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This past week we were on the beautiful Star Princess and we saw many things on the California Coastline. We docked at the Embarcadero, and it is short walk from there to Pier 39, which is Fisherman's Wharf and the boat to Alcatraz. This port...More
We started by the Ferry Building and walked all the way to Ghirardelli Square stopping along the way at the Alcatraz Pier, Pier 39 and then our Tour at Pier 43. I will try and give you the most honest assessment here from someone who...More
Beautiful day to get off BART at the Embarcadero stop and wander amongst the vendors and catch a streetcar to Pier 35 where we caught the ferry to Alcatraz. When we returned, enjoyed walking the whole way back. Despite the touristy crowd, enjoyed the people...More
Very nice boulevard walk from the Port of San Francisco to Fisherman's Wharf. There is a lot to see along this walking route. Beautiful views of the city of San Francisco, the bay bridges, harbours, the bay itself, Alcatraz, several piers, shops, (seafood) restaurants and...More
The busy street runs along the city foreshore on land that was once part of the bay. It has several parks and a number of beautiful buildings. The Ferry Terminal is located here, the cruise terminal, Pier 39 and the Fisherman's Wharf area. It connects...More
A lovely walk from Embarcadero BART station via the market to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Wide open pavements with information about the history posted along the way.
Plenty of opportunities to take photos of the views as you walk along.
On the way back,...More
There is something for everyone in this part of San Francisco from the fire boats and trolley museum to the wonderful ferry building. There is usually a nice arts and craft fair set up to visit and lots of fun street performers. It's great to...More
Nice , clean toad, wide footpath to walk on at any time of day. People are walking, running all the time. The sitout eateries of market place are occupied. Kids in prams, kids holding parents hand, school kids on a visit are fun to watch....More
After being here for 10 minutes, we turned around and left. Pretty sure we narrowly avoided our car being broken into as a guy was looking in the windows as we came back. Between the trash, the dirty needles and the excrement on the streets,...More
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style.
Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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The Starlight Room at the Sir Francis Drake is right there for nighttime dancing and 360 views of the city. Sunset drink at the top of the Mark (Mark Hopkins hotel), across from the Fairmont. Lunch at the rotunda at Neiman... More
The Starlight Room at the Sir Francis Drake is right there for nighttime dancing and 360 views of the city. Sunset drink at the top of the Mark (Mark Hopkins hotel), across from the Fairmont. Lunch at the rotunda at Neiman Marcus (please don't skip this!!). If you like books, please don't miss City Lights Books. Read up on it to understand what it is, then go next door for absinthe at Vesuvio. I live close by (Sonoma County) and these are the best things that I love to do. If you want to do the tourist thing, then by all means, do the hop on hop off bus and the boat trip. Be aware that weather at this time of year is HIGHLY variable, so layer your clothes - T-shirt to jacket. Check weather apps ahead of time and keep in touch as it changes, but it's likely to be chilly. Kuleto's is just around the corner (wonderful food) or make a reservation at House of Prime Rib. Wish you had longer and I could show you around!
There is a YMCA in the Embarcadero area that should have lane swimming at certain times each day. Also, you can check the web for the closest and best public indoor lap swimming pools. They have a few listed with a map... More
There is a YMCA in the Embarcadero area that should have lane swimming at certain times each day. Also, you can check the web for the closest and best public indoor lap swimming pools. They have a few listed with a map showing you how close they are to your hotel.
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We didn't find it necessary to have a rental car in the city. Taxis are very inexpensive and lots of public transport options. With cable cars it can be a bit tricky driving if you're not used to it. We hired a car for trips... More
We didn't find it necessary to have a rental car in the city. Taxis are very inexpensive and lots of public transport options. With cable cars it can be a bit tricky driving if you're not used to it. We hired a car for trips out of the city (Napa, Sonoma). City relatively small so attractions not difficult to get to.