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Trip Report 13th April -19th

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Trip Report 13th April -19th

I travelled with one of my daughters aged 23.

We went from Australia to San Francisco then onto Las Vegas.

We love to shop in America as the prices are less than 1/2 the price in Australia, so some of this report is our shopping.

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Day 4 Tuesday

We caught a 31 bus from Market street all the way to the end at Ocean Beach.

My daughter is into surfing and wanted to go to Wise Surfboard shop at Ocean Beach.

It was interesting to see how much extra is required to be worn to surf in San Francisco due to the cold water, they had booties, wetsuit gloves and even a wetsuit hood for the head.

After some purchases we walked down to the beach, where we watched some surfers.

The beach is not a nice beach the sand looks like dirt, it is not a beach that you would want to walk along or play in the sand. Normally if we were at a beach the shoes would be off and we would walk along the edge of the water.

I forgot to say before that at the Chancellor Hotel they have a plastic duck in their bathrooms for the guests, which we took with us when we were taking photos, so there would be a photo with the duck in it and another without, or sometimes the duck in certain situations that were funny. We had the duck look like it was on the Golden Gate Bridge, he rode in the bus, on a cable car etc.

We walked from the beach up the hill to Cliff House, where we spent some time.

Further around from Cliff House is a National Park Building, Lands End Visitor centre which looks like it was just finished as they were doing final touch ups. Inside they have free maps of different trails at Lands End that you can take from there. From these trails you can see Sutro Baths and the other side of Golden Gate Bridge. The trails are easy to walk along. You could get to this area with a 38 bus which would take you directly to Lands end.

This was a great area which we spent hours exploring.

We walked back to the 31 bus stop as we planned to go and shop at Westfield when we got back and that would take us right to the front of the shops.

That bus ride was an adventure. The buses from there are hooked up to the overhead wires, which is fine until you come across a major car accident that is blocking the stretch that the bus uses. The bus had to sit there and was told they would be only 20 minutes, until it could go thru as the rescue crews were already taking the driver out of the car.

The bus driver looked to see if he disconnected the overheads could he go down the side street around the block and come out the other side of the accident, but this wasn't possible as the other streets were hills and the bus wouldn't have enough power to do it.

In the end as it was taking longer than hoped a bus company man had turned up and he told the driver to disconnect the overhead and drive on the other side of the road past the accident. As the bus went thru the accident scene a police man went ballistic at the driver as we were destroying the evidence by driving thru.

We shopped at White House Black Market, and looked at the other shops at Westfield , then picked up a nice meal at Bristol farms, where you pick what you would like put it in a container and charged depending on the weight.

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Those Chancellor ducks are all over the world.

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Day 5 Wednesday

In the morning we jumped on the Powell Mason cable car to the bottom then walked across one street and caught the 39 bus to Coit Tower.

The bus drivers have to be skilled to drive this route, it is so so steep and they have to do a u turn at one stage in a steep street. I think some of the streets to the Tower must be the steepest in San Francisco.

The bus takes you right to the entrance of the Tower and you catch it back at the same spot it is so easy you wouldn't walk or get a taxi.

We didn't pay to go to the top of the tower as the queue was long and photos thru glass dont always work, but that is the good thing you dont need to pay to get the great views and picture shots.

You get a 360 degree view, where you can see the Bridge and the surrouding area.The crookedest street from there is amazing as it is a green stretch with flowers and it just sticks out that you cant miss it.

The Coit tower would be my recommendation as something every tourist should go to, its a spot not to be missed.

Its costs nothing if you have the Muni Passport for your transport and then no cost to take pictures or roam around the bottom floor, and it is so easy to get to and from with the bus and cable car, and the bus ride is a adventure in its self.

After the tower we headed back to Union Square where we caught a bus to the Painted Ladies, the houses that are in all movies and shows shot in San Francisco.

We caught a 21 bus and got off at Alamo Square, right at the Painted Ladies. This again was a easy sight to get to with the buses,

We then returned to Union Square to shop as there was a lot of shops that we hadn't been to yet.

That night we ate at a diner just up from the Chancellor. It had a plane hanging from the roof and petrel bowser and old stoves and other old items. The table and chairs were from the 60's and the setting was well done.

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Day 6 Thursday Our last day.

This morning Marshalls was reopening their store, I dont know if it was a new location or just the old store remodelled.

We shopped, we love Marshalls as we dont have them in Australia.

Dropped off our shopping, packed our bags and checked out. we left the luggage there and went off to Fishermans Wharf, of course we used the Cable Car again.

We went to Ghirradelli Square and looked at the galleries on the way.

In one of the galleries there is Dr Suess exhibit with one statue that was huge and spectatular.

We wondered around the Wharf for one last time before haeding back for our last cable car ride.

We got Bart back to the airport with no problems except for a homeless lady or thats what she said, pressuring everyone to give their change to her. She stood at the side of the ticket machine and as you got your change her hand was out bugging you for it. Another customer gave her the change as she was by herself and this lady was demanding. As there was 2 of us I just ignored her demands and said no while pocketing my change. The staff at the station could see her but seemed to ignore what was happening. This did not give San Francisco a nice impression and she should have been kicked out of the station area.

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Things I forgot to include.

A few nights we rode the cable car down to the Wharf, one night trying to take photos of the lights from the cable car.

The ride at night is beautiful and everyone should include that in there activities, even if you just ride it down then straight back.

The cable car at night was never full so you could hang if you wanted, sit on the outside or inside.

Things that worked for us and that I would recommend.

* Bart to and from the Airport, it is so easy fast and safe.

* Purchase a Muni Passport for unlimited use on cable cars, F Line cars and buses. We purchased a 7 day pass even thou we were only going to be there 6 days and boy did we get our moneys worth. We used the cable cars so much and really enjoyed riding the F Line cars down along the Wharf. Buses are safe, at no time did we feel uneasy and we used lots of them.

* Stay at the Chancellor Hotel in Powell street. Location cant be beat. You walk out the door and there is cable cars going pass in both directions. You are close to Market street to catch lots of buses, safe area, lots of shops to browse at night.

* Visit Coit tower

*Catch a cable car to the top of the crookedest street, and walk down it.

*Visit lands end and Cliff House and walk a trail or two, and get the other view of the Bridge.

*Do a boat tour under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz

*Visit the seals at Pier 39

We loved our time in San Francisco and maybe we will be back one day.

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Wow! It sounds like you had a really great trip... thanks for all the report back! :)

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Can someone link this to the trip reports or tell me how to move it

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