When travelling through the US we have previously stopped in New York. It is a very cool city with very cheap photography gear so it is the ideal stopover, especially for me! This time we thought we would have a change and chose San Francisco. Because we were travelling in January it was never going to be packed with tourists but San Francisco seemed like a very quiet place when we were there.
In keeping with a lot of our trips the primary mode of transport was our feet, we tend to walk everywhere. The one exception was a ride in one of the very cool 50’s retro style Streetcars.
We arrived Saturday afternoon and had a quick walk through Chinatown and Little Italy to Pier 39 then back to the hotel via Lombard street
Sunday was a shopping day, you can’t go to the States without shopping is Kate’s motto, mine to if there is a decent camera store close by.
On Monday we went to Alcatraz, the history of this place is very interesting, not just the history of it as a Federal Prison but the military history previously and the activist history after it was closed as a prison.
Our last full day in San Fran was spent wandering around the various neighbourhoods. We grabbed a Streetcar to Castro then walked up to Haight Ashbury, through Presidio down to the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are happy to do a few km’s walking I find it is a great way to explore. The neighbourhoods were interesting but the bridge was the highlight and the fog rolled in to make it even more special.
It’s always nice to visit a new place and I think a drive up the west coast from San Francisco could be another trip of the future.