Last week, I went on a trip to San Francisco. So here are some of the places we went and things we saw.
There’s the Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge around 1.7 miles in length. We drove over it with a bus tour, and the driver called it “the impossible bridge”.
Then there’s the crooked section of Lombard Street, one block of swerving down eight turns to get down the road. Needless to say, the cars driving down this street weren’t going very fast. I did notice that tourists appeared to have rented cars and decided to take the opportunity to drive down the road (the cameras gave them away). The curves are supposed to serve a practical function–to make the hill less steep for travel.
At the top of this block, there’s a cable car stop. San Francisco’s cable cars are famous, as the only remaining cable car system to be operated manually. I believe they are the only of the nationally recognized historic places that can move. They’re also very cramped, and there’s typically a line to get on them. The exception to that was the one line that’s a bit away from the other two, on California Street. We actually managed to sit outside in that one, and I even got to hang onto the side as the car went up the hill. It was pretty fun, although I do remember some rougher turns on the other lines that I didn’t experience on this one.
I should note that this is a very hilly city, which makes the cable cars even more fun, right? As someone who really likes hills, I can say that I enjoyed the inclines and declines, even when I had to walk them. They added to the visual appeal.
And of course, speaking of visual appeal, my favorite place in the city was Golden Gate Park. We sort of walked around there aimlessly, but that worked out fine. In the section we were in, at least, there was something different to see everywhere. Every location looked different, and had different landscaping/decoration. We went to the Shakespeare Garden, climbed a random hill that had a very scenic viewpoint, and went to a museum. Then we hiked an island with a tall hill.
And of course, we went to the Japanese Tea Gardens, which is a beautiful location. I especially enjoyed the stepping stones and the moon bridge.
Anyone traveled recently? What was your favorite part?