1. Golden Gate Bridge
It’s just marvelous to drive through, or walk along or even ride a bike and enjoy it’s majestic beauty. There are viewing areas on either side and we parked there to be welcomed by crazy gusts of wind. There is a Golden Gate Park that has great views of the bridge, waterfront and many trails. It is a must visit especially at sunset.
It is all about the fun and food here. A famous tourist spot and a place to hang out for amazing boutiques, shops, restaurants, street performers, games, carousel and the crowds. It extends far and beyond just the pier and it has some expensive but must try restaurants for a great seafood experience.
Cable cars in San Francisco are fascinating, the vintage cars with manual gears running up and down the steep streets of San Francisco with ringing bells are fascinating to watch and ride. We took the Powell-Hyde line which is the most scenic. But the line was long and we had to wait our turn at least thirty minutes. I also wanted to see how they manually turn the cable car at the end of a route, that’s why we ended up at Powell street boarding point.
This iconic landmark is said to be situated where the original chocolate factory was once situated. You cannot leave SF without the sumptuous chocolate shakes of Ghirardelli square, which took me an hour to finish (well almost!). A stroll in the complex is a must with the iconic fountain and waterfront views. The store looks like a haven of chocolate treats in heaps that fell in different flavors from the sky. I picked up some extra dark ones with mint, raspberry and chocolate mousse – my favorites!
The famous ‘crooked’ street of SF which is a pretty sight for sure. Lined with flowers and houses on either side, people do wait hours to drive down there.
This term refers to the Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings painted in three or more colors. I believe it started in SF, and the typical rows of houses elevated by the steep terrain in Alamo Square is a unique sight.
This is close to Pier 39 and we walked towards it for wonderful views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, Golden Gate the Bay bridges. On our way here we noticed tiny boutiques, street performers and certain eclectic energy unique to SF. The seafood topped everything and we ended up with sumptuous crab cakes and the freshest of grilled fishes for lunch.
It is said that it’s the largest Chinatown outside Asia. Do not miss the exotic food especially the dumplings.
With so much to do in SF, the downtown wasn’t really on our list. But when the cable car dropped us here, we decided to walk around and it turned out to be a good decision. The iconic Union Square was buzzing with local artwork and artists. A good spot to spend some time walking or just relaxing.
Can’t believe we missed this! We were in SF for just 2 days and obviously our days were packed with a lot. So we pushed this to our bucket list for next time, but I strongly recommend you do this one!