I had planned a walking route through downtown San Francisco that would take me past most of the big tourist sights and should keep me busy for most of the day. I started out by walking from my hostel down via Market Street towards the Ferry Building.
It was a typical, San Francisco foggy day.
The Ferry Building hadn’t properly opened yet when I visited, so at first I didn’t really see what the fuss was about. Luckily I returned another day when it was opened and could barely contain myself – so much deliciousness everywhere!
San Francisco Port – A Place For Ships. You don’t say.. From the Ferry Building I wandered on along the Embarcadero. I actually thought the piers looked beautiful in a somewhat eerie way.
Really anything could be out there..!
I reached Pier 39 without incident. It had even started to clear up a little bit by then which I didn’t mind..
Well, this was the beginning of November so time for Christmas trees!
Alcatraz luring in the distance.
Sealions on Pier 39! I was slightly incredulous when I talked to someone at the hostel who said that they’d been at Pier 39, but hadn’t found the sealions. You can hear them from far off – I went towards the noise before I spotted any signs.
When I had had enough of the sealions I went on to Fisherman’s Wharf, and from there south into the city proper, aiming for the Coit Tower.
I came across this wonderful souvenir shop. It had all the tacky stuff that people like me so want to buy. I didn’t go away with anything, but that was mostly because I didn’t want to carry it for the rest of the day. I would have liked a California license plate or a big Route 66 sign..
I followed a not too straight route towards Coit Tower from the piers – I stumbled upon what I believe to be the Powell Street cable car turn around, at the other end so to speak.
From there I followed Powell Street for a bit before I turned the ‘wrong’ way and ended up Columbus Street.
And then finally followed Greenwich Street towards Coit Tower. I was deeply taken with the looks of San Francisco ‘on the inside’. Absolutely loved the Victorian buildings everywhere, and so enjoyed being able to walk around everywhere.
Not to mention the views you get as soon as you start climbing those hills..
It was pretty warm for the season so I had worked up a bit of a sweat when I finally reached Coit Tower. This tower was built for the sole purpose of viewpoint for tourists, so it would seem like a gross oversight to not make use of it, don’t you think?
Pretty good views of the Golden Gate Bridge..
And the other bridge (Oakland Bay Bridge)..
Alcatraz certainly looks swimming distance from the shore from up here!
The first floor, as it were, in the tower contains the ticket booth and a small shop – and it’s completely covered in murals.
Even from the base of the tower there are pretty good views to the Golden Gate Bridge.
From Coit Tower I went down a different street than the one I’d come from, and followed Grant Avenue down towards the Italian part of town, and further south into Chinatown, which I will write about in another post.
Have you been to San Francisco? How did you like the city? Comment below.
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