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I was lucky the other day to be called from home standby to operate a freight flight to San Francisco.ย  This would give me just 24 hours to explore the lively and vibrant city, with a wonderful climate and a great way to escape a few days of a UK winter. Here are my ideas for San Fransisco:

It is an easy city to walk around but bear in mind that it is very hilly in places!

1. Lombard Street

This is the city’s most famous street as it has 8 hairpin bends!  It is fun to walk up and down it to see the winding street and watch cars driving along it, but difficult to get a photo showing the bends.

Some say it is known as ‘The Crookedest Street in the World’ but in reality there are more crooked streets in San Fransisco (Vermont Street). It was built in 1922 after it was decided that part of the hill was to steep for vehicles and has a speed limit of 5 miles per hour.

Top Tip: Walk to the top on a clear day you can see all the way across the city to Coit Tower.

San Fransisco

2.   Mrs Doubtfire’s House

Anyone who has seen this famous film starring Robin Williams who dressed up as the nanny, Mrs Doubtfire, will recognise it. 

Top Tip: People do live here so remember to be respectful.

Mrs Doubtfire's House

3.  Chinatown

This is located on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street and is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest outside of Asia. Chinatown is a lively part of the downtown, has amazing Chinese architecture, pretty lanterns, quirky shops and authentic delicious food! It is said that Chinatown is visited more than the Golden Gate Bridge!

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4.  Pier 39

This is the fun filled part of Fisherman’s Wharf.  Pier 39 if full of all sorts of things, ranging from a variety of shops, arcade games and rides, to different types of restaurants and snack bars (including fresh fish), to amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz and lots of sea lions sunning themselves on the pier. What better place to enjoy some lovely food while looking at a marvellous view?!

Pier 39 also offers lots of attractions such as whale watching, wine tasting and many more. Check here for details.

San Fransisco

5.  Golden Gate Bridge

The main attraction of San Francisco is this beautiful red suspension bridge that is one mile wide and connects the city of San Fransisco to Marin County.  The bridge was described in a travel guide as being ‘possibly the most beautiful and most photographed bridge in the world’.

There are great views from all angles: going over it, standing underneath it and from Bakers Beach on one side and Chrissy Field and East Beach on the other. For apps for directions to places such as these, check out my Handy Travel Apps page.

For a beautiful sunrise, drive up (or take an uber) to one of the 3 view points at Hawk Hill to see the bridge bathed in the early morning golden light.

Top Tip: Bring a jumper as it can get very windy crossing the bridge

San Fransisco
Golden Gate Bridge

6. Saulisto

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge lies the seaside town of Saulisto. The easiest way to get there is by bike and then the ferry. Hire a bike from Fisherman’s Wharf and then catch the ferry. You can cycle across the bridge but this can be quite scary with all the traffic and sometimes visibility can be bad.

Spend the day cycling around and taking in the houseboats in the floating home marina, the old ship yards and visit the Bay Model Visitor’s Centre for a working pneumatic model of the San Francisco Bay.

The Muir Woods are conveniently located near Saulisto and this is the perfect place to visit the Redwood Forest, which houses the world’s tallest tree at 115.7metres. They can live to be 2000 years old and have been on earth for over 240 million years. They used to exist across most of the Northern Hemisphere, but now can only be found no more than 50 miles inland from central California up to Southern Oregon. To imagine the size it would take 2 or more people to hug it!

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Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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