The sights of San Francisco reads like a Who’s Who list of American tourism icons: The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the hippie hauntss of Haight-Ashbury, the grand civic buildings, the lovely Victorian houses, the numerous hills and the cable cars that run up and down them… All of these make SF a great place to explore. Even as the fog rolls into the bay, the city buzzes with life and character at every turn.
Painted facades like this one in Chinatown are not uncommon in San Francisco.
Fisherman’s Wharf is world-famous for its seafood and entertainers.
Fish and all the seafood you want can probably be had here.
A nautical-themed boutique hotel on Beach Street.
One of the most crooked streets in the world, this block on Lombard Street is a challenge for drivers and a photo stop for tourists.
Passing by this car repair shop, I couldn’t resist taking a photo.
Reserved for the worst-behaving criminals, Block D is the location of the dreaded solitary confinement cells.
Cable car at the Beach Street terminus.
Choose your mural.
We stopped here for a drink on our Segway tour of Golden Gate Park.
A cable car zips up Hyde Street on its way to Market Street.
This message on Haight Street is not so subliminal.
There’s literally poetry on the streets in San Francisco.
The most famous row of Painted Ladies, or colorful Victorian houses, is on Alamo Square.
Alcatraz is now a National Park and sees thousands of visitors daily.
Tie-dyed shirts, tattoo parlors and quirky shops run along the Haight-Ashbury district, famous for the Summer of Love in the 1960s.
The majestic City Hall stands in the midst of the civic center.
View of the bridge while sitting on the deck of the open-top bus.
The sea lions have been hauling out on Pier 39 since 1989.
Seen from Alcatraz, the skyline of San Francisco is recognizable because of the Transamerica Pyramid.
The main cell blocks of Alcatraz are more weather-beaten than menacing now.