We got back home Tuesday night from our trip out to California – there were two days of brace-fitting, followed by 3 days of sightseeing…we had only expected to have 2 days to tour, but American cancelled our return flight due to Hurricane Irene, so we made the most of the extra day.
Before we went out there, I had created a Pinterest board of the things I wanted K. to see…I’m happy to say that we saw them all, plus more!
On Saturday we took BART into San Francisco and grabbed a SuperSightseeing Open Top Hop-On Hop Off bus tour – that’s a mouthful 🙂 It made a big loop around San Francisco and showed us all the major sights – well, almost all…in true San Francisco weather, it was so fogged in that we couldn’t see even a glimpse of the Golden Gate bridge.
The bus drove right through the heart of Chinatown.
We saw Coit Tower from a distance and heard how it was built in the shape of a firehose nozzle as a monument to the city’s firefighters.
We got off the bus at Fisherman’s Wharf and headed to the Wax Museum. It was really interesting…most of the figures were quite good – however, a couple were so TRULY bad that it was comical (the Tom Hanks figure stands out in my mind – didn’t get a picture of that to share, though 🙂 ) I thought Julia Roberts was most life-like.
After the Wax Museum, we hiked on to Ghiradelli Square and indulged in some of their famous ice cream.
Then we hopped back on the bus to rest our legs and continue the tour. We stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge Viewing area and, although we were only a stone’s throw away from the bridge, you couldn’t see a thing 😦 We drove through Haight Ashbury, the old hippie district.
We got a look at the Painted Ladies, the famous street of houses which are probably best known for being in the opening credits of “Full House”. One of them was also Arnold’s house in “Kindergarten Cop”.
The next day we toured Alcatraz – we spent about 5 hours tromping around there, and I must say that I don’t think we left a single stone unturned on the Rock!
After Alcatraz, we were tired and hungry, so we walked down to Boudin’s on Fisherman’s Wharf for dinner…I had their clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, while K. chose a pepperoni sourdough pizza.
Boudin’s is famous for their sourdough bread, especially the animal shapes.
We wrapped up the day with a cable car ride back to the BART station – K. got to ride standing on the side and hanging on 🙂
After our flight on Monday was cancelled, we decided to pack in some more sightseeing. We still had not seen the Golden Gate Bridge due to the fog, so we decided to drive across to Marin County and visit the Muir Woods redwood forest. Amazingly enough, there was not the tiniest wisp of fog and we had gorgeous views of the bridge over and back!
Muir Woods was beautiful and serene – well worth the trip over!
And the last adventure in San Francisco was to actually drive down Lombard Street, known as the “Crookedest Street in the World”…the whole 3 days of sightseeing was a trip to remember!