With it’s distinctive landscape and architecture, it’s no wonder tourists are naturally drawn to the city of San Francisco.
Perhaps one of the most visited attractions in San Fransico, lives in the sea. The jagged form of Alcatraz Island, slowly appears wrapped in a deep sea of fog, as the boat nears what is commonly known as “The Rock”. Pouring rain and fierce winds certainly made my experience on Alcatraz scarier, but did not at all affect the educational portion of the tour. Whilst on the island, I was given a head set to wear. These were a great idea, as instead of following a large tour group, I was able to gain knowledge about Alcatraz at my own pace.
Back on the mainland, a sleepy bayside community, called Sausilito, lies tucked away over the Golden Gate Bridge. Unlike the city, Sausilito is crammed with boutiques, window shops and secluded fishing wharves. Being only 10 minutes over the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausilito is a great escape from the noises of the city!
Sprawled throughout San Francisco are many cafes and restaurants. The Rain Forest Cafe is my personal favourite. This restaurant is best suited for families with children. Most other restaurants in the city just serve spectacular food, but The Rain Forest Cafe makes what could be a boring dining experience, extremely fun! Instead of waiters and waitresses, my food was served to me by ‘Ranger David’. The waiters’ outfits include khaki shirts and black pants. Each kid’s meal comes with a gift pack containing a ruler, activity book, wallet and pencils, all with the Rain Forest Cafe symbol printed on it. Complete with a souvenir shop (due to its great success), moving animals and half-hourly thunder storms, The Rain Forest Cafe is certainly one of San Francisco’s hot spots for a spectacular dining experience.
The beyond steep hills make it difficult to discover San Francisco by foot. Therefore, I relied mostly on tour buses to make my way around. This is a great way to see the city, as it ensures that you see everything and don’t waste time visiting non-worthy attractions. San Francisco City Sightseeing Tours offers to take you to many different places. I rode two of these tours, the Golden Gate and Sausilito Tour and The Night Loop. The Golden Gate and Sausilito tour stops at Sausilito, the Presidio, Ghirradeli Square, the Palace of Fine Arts and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. The trip across the famous monument stops at both sides for fantastic photo oppurtunities.
The Night Loop stops at China Town, Embarcadero, The Bay Bridge, Union Square and Alamo Square. Alamo Sqaure is home to ‘The Painted Ladies’ of ‘Postcard Row’. The yellow ‘Painted Lady’ is in fact from Full House, a popular 90s TV series starring the young Olsen twins. Both tours are worthwhile, however if neither interest you, there are also many other tours available.
May the Travel-Bug be with you……
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The Rain Forest Cafe=http://www.rainforestcafe.com/
City Sightseeing Tours=http://www.city-sightseeing.us/allloopstour.html