Golden Gate Bridge, © Can Stock / upthebanner
Visit San Francisco – Cable Car Ride
When you visit San Francisco, nothing beats the experience of hanging out the side of a moving Cable Car Ride. Old timers can remember the days when cars didn’t have seat belts and you traveled about unrestricted. Catch the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from San Francisco International Airport and get off at the Powell Street Station for your cable car ride. Take the Cable Car to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Powell Street Cable Car
Fisherman’s Wharf – including nearby Pier 39, the Maritime National Historic Park, the Aquarium of the Bay, the Embarcadero waterfront street and the sea lions. If you walk far enough on the Embarcadero you will reach the Ferry Building Marketplace. The earlier you arrive the fewer tourists there are to compete with for space. Catch the Alcatraz ferry from Pier 33 to the island known as “the Rock”, where Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly were held in prison. Today the penitentiary is closed and the site is a tourist attraction. Also walk up Russian Hill and then back down the twists and turns of one-way Lombard Street.
Golden Gate Bridge
Visit the Presidio at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then cross the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy the viewpoint at the north end of the bridge. Continue on to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with views back to the bridge and the city.
North Beach Area
Enjoy Italian food in North Beach. See Saints Peter & Paul Church and the Coit Tower with its murals and its city views. Then descend all 400 steps of the Stairs of Telegraph Hill and watch for wild parrots on the way down.
Saints Peter and Paul Church
Visit San Francisco – Famous Hills
Make a visit San Francisco’s famous hills – the mansions of Nob Hill, the older downtown area on Russian Hill, the wealthy district of Pacific Heights, the Stairs of Telegraph Hill, the city views from Twin Peaks and the cross on top of Mount Davidson.
Visit San Francisco – Hotels
- Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman’s Wharf
- DoubleTree by Hilton SFO Airport – popular with many airlines for layovers. Book a rental car with Enterprise – Burlingame to save on airport rental rates.
- Hilton Union Square – with the Cityscape Bar & Lounge
- Marriott Marquis