San Francisco!

I love San Francisco. It’s one of the greatest cities I have had the pleasure of visiting; my sister and I loved our time here, we saw as much as we could, took plenty of photographs and loved every minute of it. At the end of our travels we discussed our three favourite American States to visit and San Francisco made the top three. I would highly recommend a visit.

I’ve created a list providing the top most attractions I think you should visit in San Francisco, but just remember this city is very, very hilly so be organised for these days out. Wear comfortable walking shoes, remember to have a bottle of water, bring a camera and you’re set.

    • Top of the list is The Golden Gate Bridge.
    • Alcatraz Prison Island Tour
    • The Walt Disney Family Museum
    • Lombard Street recognised as San Francisco’s Crookedest Street (in the world).
    • Twin Peaks, two prominent hills which offers spectacular views of the city.
    • ‘Painted Ladies’, Victorian and Edwardian houses painted in three or more colours in Alamo Square.
    • Fisherman’s Wharf
    • Union Square
    • San Francisco’s famous Cable Cars
    • Film location: Mrs Doubtfire house set in San Francisco
    • Mosaic Steps

If you visit San Francisco, then you have to visit the famous landmark, Golden Gate Bridge. I would find it shocking if you decide to skip this view on your visit. It’s truly spectacular. This bridge is seen in so many movies and known as one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Modern World’, it’s been on my bucket list and I am very pleased I have seen the bridge up close and walked across it.

It is a very long bridge to walk across, so as I mentioned before make sure you have plenty of water and comfortable walking shoes. You might already know that weather in San Francisco’s can change quite dramatically; continuous fog conditions can cover the bridge and it can be quite windy. As the bridge features a single-suspension span bridge, it does shake. If you’re afraid of heights, then just be aware of these weather conditions. But don’t let this scare you people walk, cycle and drive across this bridge every day, go for it. From the bridge you can see a gorgeous view of San Francisco’s skyline and the Alcatraz Island, and of course don’t forget to treasure the moment with a photo. Instagram it, share on Facebook and Twitter, share your Golden Gate experience, I did.

We stayed with a lovely couple in an Air BnB private room, for our time in San Francisco and as locals they took the time to recommend places to visit. Originally, Faye and I wanted to visit Coit Tower, it’s a 210-foot tower which at best is a scenic lookout over San Francisco. However, the couple recommended driving up to the top of Twin Peaks instead. Twin Peaks is two prominent hills which offer gorgeous views of San Francisco’s skyline. You can drive there from the city and it’s free. The views from the top are stunning. I would recommend visiting Twin Peaks, over visiting Coit Tower; a natural viewing point and very picture worthy.

We’ve all heard of Alcatraz island, we all puzzle over the ‘attempted’ escapes at the federal prison and we’ve all read the history on the most notorious convicts, in San Francisco you have the chance to visit this historic site. We visited San Francisco in April, which isn’t a popular time of the year to visit the city but the Alcatraz tour was very busy. We booked our tickets a few days in advanced prior to our arrival in San Fran and the queues still had long lines. If you are interested in cruising on San Francisco’s bay to the Alcatraz Island, then book in advance. The Alcatraz cruise departs from Pier 33, the tickets cost $42.95 and can last for 2, 2 ½ hours. The ferry across takes about ten minutes, upon arrival we were greeted by a National Park Ranger to tell us instructions, rules and limits of the island. There is a 35-minute audio headset tour as you walk round the prison, view the cell blocks, into the cafeteria, the guards offices (etc), former prison guards and prisoners guide you through the history of Alcatraz prison. Just listen, walk and learn. We spent a couple of hours over on the island, the tour is really informative. There is a gift shop at the end of the tour if you want to buy souvenirs and merchandise and remember to take your camera over to the island. There are picture opportunities on the island, of the prison and of San Francisco’s skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz is one of the best attractions we visited through-out our travels, don’t miss out.

If you fancy seeing an attraction out of the ordinary to break up the day, I would recommend visiting Lombard Street, recognised as San Francisco’s Crookedest Street (in the world). It’s a very steep street, travelling from the top of the street to the bottom, in a one-way only direction, this street is known as the ‘crookedest street in the world’ as there is eight sharp hairpin turns. Its famed route twists pass flower beds and tourists as people crowd round to see the sharp curves. I will upload a photo of this street at the end of my blog to show you, it’s brilliant.

Back when Faye and I were in St.Petersburg, Florida we walked passed the Salvador Dali Museum, which is dedicated to the work of Salvador Dali. Dali was a dear friend of Walt Disney and together they would share ideas and inspirations about their chosen professions. The Dali Museum at the time was featuring a special exhibition of Walt Disney’s work. Over on the other side of America in the West Coast of San Francisco at the Walt Disney Family Museum, this museum which plays tribute to Walt Disney and his amazing career was featuring a special exhibition of Salvador Dali’s work. The reason I have gone into detail about this, is to remind people who are travelling to research, always research. Faye and I weren’t too keen on visiting the Salvador Dali Museum but because we took an interest and researched the museum at home, we found out about Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco and this is an attraction we would 100% love to see. When you’re travelling it is important to always research areas and connections, you never know what you might found out and what you can see along your journey.

The Walt Disney Family Museum was fantastic. I hold a special place in my heart for the love of Walt Disney and his creation of Disney, and Mickey Mouse hoping one day I will work within this industry. The museum features the life and legacy of Walt Disney, showing his journey from birth-life-death. An adult admission is $20.00, and there is no time limit of how long you spend in there. We were there for over three hours as we both have a lot of interest in this topic. At the end of the museum there is a gift shop you can visit, advertising merchandise and souvenirs. I won’t highlight the contents of the museum too much as I would just recommend visiting instead. If you are a fan of Disney and his legacy then this museum is truly informative and heart-warming.

That’s it for now, as you can see I haven’t gone into further detail about each attraction I mentioned to visit. If you would like any more information on these places I will be happy to tell you. Just leave me a comment and ask any questions.

Let me know if you have any questions or want to see more pictures, check in and I’ll write again soon.

Thank you 🙂

Sadie Chillingworth.

20/12/2016

 

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