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