Saturday, October 18, 2014

Backlogged San Francisco Trip Itinerary

This is super duper backlogged San Francisco trip which I just found recently when I was ransacking photos for my wedding montage video. So this post is basically a summary of my San Francisco trip itinerary. Beware of spamming photos ahead yo :-)

#1) San Frans Cable Car
Hop on an iconic San Francisco cable car. British promoter Andrew Hallidie and engineer William Eppelsheimer designed and started the city’s cable car system in 1873. Of the 23 lines established between 1873 and 1890, only 3 routes remain, 2 of which stretch from downtown near Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, and a third that runs along California Street.

Video on the cable car:
#2)  Fisherman's Wharf
The Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood is home to Pier 39, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery Shopping Center and Ghirardelli Square, as well as several museums and famous restaurants.
#3) Pier 39
Stop by Pier 39 for a ride on the carousel, as well as for a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay, a meal at the floating Forbes Island restaurant and a glimpse of the sea lions that hang out on the docks.

Do checkout my videos on the sleeping sea lions! 

Sleeping sea lions part 1:
Sleeping sea lions part 2:

#4)  Russian Hill
One of the 44 hills in San Francisco, the Russian Hill neighborhood is most famous for being home to what's been called "the crookedest street in the world," Lombard Street. This picturesque street was designed with a series of switchbacks to help vehicles make it down the extremely steep hill. I will definitely recommend taking a drive down the perfectly manicured street, but look out for the hordes of tourists snapping photos at the bottom.

Sorry that you have to tilt your head to the left to watch this video!

And this is the video while we drove down the crooked street:

#5) Golden Gate Bridge
Locals and tourists alike enjoy a 1.7-mile stroll or bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge for breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. The city celebrated the famous bridge’s 75th anniversary in 2012.
Too bad too foggy that time that I can only see the legs of the bridge :(

#6) The Dragon Gateway

Explore Chinatown and enter the gateway, located on Grant Avenue at Bush Street. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Seen here, the Dragon Gateway -- installed in 1969 -- is a gift from the Republic of China.

Make your own pressed penny as souvenir here
#7) Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island was once home to some of America's most notorious criminals. Al "Scarface" Capone, the "Birdman" Robert Stroud and James "Whitey" Bulger all served time at Alcatraz during the 29 years that the federal prison was in operation.

Address: Ferries depart Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf
Hours: Open daily - tour boats depart San Francisco 9.10am - 6.45pm (shorter hours in winter)
Admission: Park admission $26 - $58 (adults)

Last but not least..the restaurant that we dined - the elephant bar restaurant.


That's all on the summary of the San Francisco trip..hope to visit there again!

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