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.
Fisherman’s Wharf is world-famous for its seafood and entertainers.
Cable car at the Beach Street terminus.
Alcatraz is now a National Park and sees thousands of visitors daily.
A nautical-themed boutique hotel on Beach Street.
The main cell blocks of Alcatraz are more weather-beaten than menacing now.
Seen from Alcatraz, the skyline of San Francisco is recognizable because of the Transamerica Pyramid.
Painted facades like this one in Chinatown are not uncommon in San Francisco.
Choose your mural.
Reserved for the worst-behaving criminals, Block D is the location of the dreaded solitary confinement cells.
There’s literally poetry on the streets in San Francisco.
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.
The majestic City Hall stands in the midst of the civic center.
We stopped here for a drink on our Segway tour of Golden Gate Park.
View of the bridge while sitting on the deck of the open-top bus.
This message on Haight Street is not so subliminal.
Passing by this car repair shop, I couldn’t resist taking a photo.
The most famous row of Painted Ladies, or colorful Victorian houses, is on Alamo Square.
The sea lions have been hauling out on Pier 39 since 1989.
Fish and all the seafood you want can probably be had here.
A cable car zips up Hyde Street on its way to Market Street.
Tie-dyed shirts, tattoo parlors and quirky shops run along the Haight-Ashbury district, famous for the Summer of Love in the 1960s.