San Francisco stopover

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.

San Francisco Streetcar

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

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.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

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.