San Francisco Things to Do Tips by b1bob
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When I first got here, I thought they had ripped the name of this place off from a good seafood restaurant in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Actually, it may well be the other way around. Although locals might call it a tourist trap, I think everybody ought to come here at least once. The lagoon and deep sea fishing fleet is surrounded by all manner of seafood restaurants and gift shops. Maybe the natural beauty of the area makes Fisherman's Wharf seem a little less tacky to me.
Address: Shoreline near Jefferson between Powell and Hyde
Phone: (415) 626-7070
Coit Tower: 16 August 1985
On arriving to San Francisco, one of the first things I saw was this tower sticking up on top of a hill that looked like a fire hose nozzle. There is a good reason for that. Lillie Hitchcock Coit, for whom the tower is named, was a charitable donor who admired the firemen at the 1906 earthquake fire, left funds for beautification of San Francisco. Part of those funds were used for the construction of the 210 ft. (64 m.) tall art deco Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill. If you look at the photo carefully, you will see the steeple of the Sts. Peter and Paul Church and portions of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. I wish I had a digital camera back then so I could capture this night scene better.
Address: 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd
Phone: (415) 362- 0808
Transamerica building in the morning fog
The Transamerica Building is a fixture in the San Francisco skline. At 853 feet (260 m.), it is San Francsco's tallest building. When this picture was taken in the morning fog, you can't even see the top point of the building. When it was being constructed in the early 1970s, many folks decried it as a monstrosity. However, once it was built, two things won over many sceptics. First, the pyramid shape of the building allowed more sunlight to reach the streets. Second, because of the larger base, pyramid shaped buildings like this are more structurally sound in the event of an earthquake.
Golden Gate Bridge
Crossing the Golden Gate bridge was something I had always reamed about doing. On our way to Stockton, Uncle Dick put the choice of crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and taking the roundabout way or the crooked road and a more direct route in (across the Oakland Bay Bridge). It was a tough choice, but I opted for the Golden Gate with a photo-op of Lombard. Taking the Golden Gate meant an indirect return trip to Stockton- crossing into Marin County and seeing the trendy architecture of Mill Valley and San Quentin prison. I remember thinking how sad it must be stuck in San Quentin and seeing all these tourists in the distance going places and they have nowhere to go. We passed through some of the poorer sections of Oakland over some barren landcscape on into Stockton.
Victorian Houses & S.F. skyline @ night
These Victorian Houses are a symbol of San Franciscan architecture. On giving us this tour, I remember Uncle Dick saying that if you want a house here, "Open your wallet...wide."
Lombard Street is the most crooked street in the world, hence the 5 mph (8 km./h.) speed limit. I had the choice of taking this crooked street or crossing the Golden Gate. I opted for the Golden Gate with a photo of Lombard.
China Town is the epicentre of Chinese culture in San Francisco. An interesting thing is that after the big earthquake in 1906, the city officials (who were at that time somewhat prejudiced against the Chinese) had planned to relocate them to less desirable part of town or, even to other parts of the Bay Area. However, the Chinese businessmen rebuilt on that location faster than the city officials could act on their relocation plans.
San Francisco City Hall
Admire the ornate architecture of the San Francisco city hall. An outsider not knowing better may think this was a state capitol.
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