There are four major cities in California. In the south you have Los Angeles and San Diego. Up in the north you have the two, other major cities by the bay with Oakland and San Francisco. Earlier, during the Memorial Day weekend, I decided to head up north to visit The Golden City in San Fran. NOTE: This two parter is not an entire overlook of the city. I just visited the major (some would say “touristy”) areas. So if anyone is crying that I missed that and the other I say: I’ll be back baby.
My overall thoughts before going in is that San Francisco is a gorgeous city. Absolutely gorgeous. It is amazing how spoiled we are in that we have so many stunning places we can call home. I will admit that some things are a bit hectic and as a cold weather hater the nights were freezing! But it is hard to complain when there are so many great things to experience in this historic city. Obviously if you have never been you have to come out here and explore this area. So below is the set of highlights from my first day of traveling and exploring San Francisco. Tune in next week for another set of my SECOND day venturing out.
TravelingStarted off super early and now on the I-5. Some random, beauty shot while on the road.
Another beauty shot! Forgot where I was but there are various, vista points where they encourage people to stop. More for stretching I’m sure but the view ain’t bad either.
On the Bay Bridge! Looks modern and slick.
Closer view of the Bay Bridge.
PiersOn the waterfront by the piers! Here is a view of the same Bay Bridge in the distance.
Fishermen on one of the piers with the Bay Bridge in the distance.
First view of the city by the pier. Transamerica Pyramid on the left and Coit Tower on the right.
Pier 39! A sea of tourists, traps, and storefronts. Also, a big surprise at the very end!
Another view of the city. But wait…what’s that sound?
It’s sea lions!!
A king looking over his people.
Alcatraz in the distance.
By the end of the pier is this museum called The Musee Mecanique. A collection of penny arcades and games from the early 1900s to today.
Example: Laffing Sal
The Thimble Theatre
and Drunkard’s Dream!
The final end of the piers with Fisherman’s Wharf. And with the Wharf comes lunch!
My lunch: Some Fish and Chips. Honestly not a fan of fried fish but I had to try local seafood. Analysis: Delicious!
Golden Gate BridgeI don’t know if you guys are aware but the area where the Golden Gate Bridge is placed is gorgeous.
A closer view of the bridge.
An even closer view. There is seriously not a bad view of this thing.
Views of the city aren’t bad either.
As you can see I was enamored by the bridge.
Chinatown and Grant AvenueIn Chinatown! Must admit this area didn’t really “wow” me like I thought it would. It looks like any other Chinatown I’ve been such as Los Angeles’ and back home in Philadelphia. But my hotel was situated here so I took some pictures.
Kinda hoping more of Chinatown would look like this.
Some pretty artwork though.
Went to this little place for dinner in Chinatown. Thought it was neat cause it claims to be over 100 years old. Turns out A LOT of places claim or are actually that old (or older).
Dinner: Chow Fun with Duck. Tasted good!
Official entrance of Chinatown with Dragon Gate.
Grant Avenue! Noticed this street had a lot of interesting storefronts. Must have been its fashion district cause a lot of major retailers and names frequent here.
I’d live in an apartment that’s lit in blue.
Interesting set of buildings next to each other. Kinda weird the flat building holds a Marshall’s while the fancy, Roman Style architecture is an Armani brand.
And that’s all for my first day! Hope you all enjoyed and stay tune for next week for my second, full day of adventure in San Francisco!