The Sights of San Francisco

Before we left home we listed and mapped all the things we wanted to see in San Francisco. I then promptly forgot to load them into my gps. Doh!

Over breakfast this morning armed only with my trusty phone I discovered a self guided tour put out by the city called the “49 mile scenic drive” which covers a lot of the city and a large number of the attractions.  All you need to do is get to City Hall and follow the signs. Easy! Just as well we also got a map from the hotel concierge as we got locationally challenged a couple of times.

I would highly recommend this tour although it would be nice to have it loaded on the gps as the signs are at each turn and usually you need a bit of notice to ensure you are in the correct lane.

Some of the things we saw today were:

– the pretty ladies – a street of Victorian homes all painted (which were used for the tv show full house).  (I’ll have to add photos from my other camera later)

– The Coit tower over looking the city.

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Inside the tower were covered in murals like this one.

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And the views from the tower …

Bay Bridge

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Alcatraz

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Golden gate

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– The street scape of some of the steep streets.  It was impossible to park at a lot of these places but here are a couple of street shots.

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– The Walt Disney museum.

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And due to an error in finances … today was brought to you on a shoestring budget.  We transfered money to our travel card but as we transfered it just before the weekend the money took nearly 4 days to transfer.  Therefore we didn’t go into the museum.

These are only a couple of things we drove past.

Did I mention the golden gate?

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The only big thing we had planned today (and luckily we had prepaid) was a 2.5 hours Segway tour of the golden gate Park.  This included 30 minutes of training.

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Here’s a picture of the girls in a young (only 100 years old) redwood forest having fun on the segways.

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The guide gave us lots of great history behind the park and San Francisco.  Including the big earth quake and fires in 1906 that destroyed 80% of the city.
And a monument to those who have died from aides in the 80’s.

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This was an excellent tour and I would highly recommend it.

While we were at the park we spotted this interesting bike.

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Hat for the day from the Walt Disney museum.

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2 thoughts on “The Sights of San Francisco

  1. Thanks for the blog Glen – great to see how it is all going – I LOVE San Francisco – though I am not a city person. Granny showed me around when I was 10, and every trip back after that is reliving memories. Love Coit Tower and Alcatraz and bridges and houses and steep streets . . and Golden Gate Park. Can’t say I have ever been to the Walt Disney Museum, so don’t know what you missed out on, but you have made a pretty good effort at the city in general! You have to get to Fisherman’s Wharf if possible . . . and eat crab and/or clam chowder and french bread.

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