San Francisco Vacation-10 Things to do! Plan for this later in the summer!


As always, I want to inspire you to travel. So when this Pandemic is over, plan a fun trip to San Francisco.


The Painted Ladies in San Francisco refer to colorfully painted Victorian row houses in the city. From the mid-1800s to the early part of the twentieth century, nearly 50,000 Victorian and Edwardian-style homes were built in San Francisco. They are beautiful to see.



Alcatraz Island-

Alcatraz Citadel, also known as Fort Alcatraz, was the original military defense and prison on Alcatraz Island, off the coast of San Francisco, California, United States. The citadel was built in 1859 as a U.S. Army military defense, and began function as a war camp in 1861 and long-term military prison in 1868.


While several well-known criminals, such as Al Capone, George "Machine-Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis (the first "Public Enemy #1"), and Arthur "Doc" Barker did time on Alcatraz, most of the 1,576 prisoners incarcerated there were not well-known gangsters, but prisoners who refused to conform to the rules and regulations at other Federal institutions, who were considered violent and dangerous, or who were considered escape risks. Alcatraz served as the prison system's prison - if a man did not behave at another institution, he could be sent to Alcatraz, where the highly structured, monotonous daily routine was designed to teach an inmate to follow rules and regulations.


If you decide to visit Alcatraz Island, please book your reservations, weeks in advance at www.alcatrazcruises.com.


Fisherman's Wharf-There are lots of restaurants, souvenir shops, maritime museums, ferry rides to various nearby locations . The restaurants are great, I try something new everytime I go.







Pier 39-I think the best part of going to Pier 39 is to see all of the seals just laying around. Plus there's lots of shops & restarunts.













Lombard Street-One of the crookedest streets in the world. I drove down this once in the 80's with a stick shift-it was not easy. In fact, driving with a stick shift anywhere in San Francisco is not easy.









Ride an antique cable car in 12 different locations in San Francisco and an all-day passport is $14 sold on-board. Much easier than walking up & down those hilly roads.








Embrace the Chinese Culture in Chinatown. I recently stayed in a moderate motel in Chinatown, that even included parking for free! Parking is very difficult and very expensive everywhere in San Francisco.





Union Square-The monument itself is a tribute to the sailors of the United States Navy. Union Square was built and dedicated by San Francisco's first American mayor John Geary in 1850 and is so named for the pro-Union rallies by Thomas Starr King that happened there before and during the United States Civil War.




Golden Gate Bridge-The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, California—the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula—to Marin County, carrying both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States.



Golden Gate Park-Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which began in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. Configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape to but 20 percent larger than Central Park in New York City, to which it is often compared. It is over three miles long east to west, and about half a mile north to south. With 24 million visitors annually.


So now after all this-I hope I have inspired you to visit San Francisco. I have been there many times and love each return visit.


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