With Alcatraz checked off our list, we walked over to Fisherman’s Wharf in search of food and drink. The area is undoubtedly touristy but exactly what I had in mind. Plus, lunch came with entertainment:
These guys SMELL. Enough to eventually drive us away from the Wharf and on the trail back towards our hotel. Did I mention I adore a good walking city? Nothing makes me happier than setting out on foot and being able to take in different neighborhoods and get a feel for a city without even really trying. We took the direct route from the wharf to Union Square… which just happened to run us through an area that transported us back in time….
It was JUST like the real thing. Later in the trip we met up with our friends from Hong Kong who recently moved to San Fran. Is it any coincidence we met to watch football… in Chinatown?!
HUGE thanks to our friend Steph who gave us the perfect checklist for our time in San Fran, which included a stop at a few lookouts in the Marin Headlands. We never would have known these views of the bridge existed. Good pics, breathtaking in person. For anyone that’s interested, once you cross Golden Gate bridge there are a few places we stopped off at that I’d highly recommend. All give gorgeous views of the bridge and bay, but from a slightly different angle. The first is Vista Point. You can’t miss this – it’s the first exit past the bridge and its a popular place to take in the views. The next exit is Alexander Road, leading you to Conzelman road, which has a number of lookouts one after the other. We hit the first 3, with the first being the best. (View from top pic.) You’ll climb a short hill to get to get access to the full view of the bridge. So worth it.
And with that, we were off to Napa!