There are so many superlatives for San Francisco, they can’t all fit in 1 post. So here is the continuation from Part 1 of the 2016 Best of San Francisco By Billy Awards!
If there’s any city known for its views, it’s San Francisco.
Presenting…the 2016 Best of San Francisco By Billy Awards! (Yeah, they’re a little late. But I’m sure you don’t mind. And after this, it’s finally on to India!)
Obviously I liked San Francisco enough to move here. But I always thought it was overrated as a sightseeing destination. Starting right away with Day 1 of my official sightseeing in San Francisco last April, I realized just how wrong I was.
After my first day out in San Francisco, following the Barbary Coast Trail, I didn’t think any future day could beat it. San Francisco totally enthralled me on Day 1. And it didn’t hurt that the weather was uncharacteristically perfect. But once again I was wrong. One day was able to beat out Day 1.
I’ve said it before. San Franciscans look down their noses at Fisherman’s Wharf. And it can be a complete tourist trap. But if you know where to look, a day at Fisherman’s Wharf can be an enriching, rewarding experience. That’s why I’m here to help you do Fisherman’s Wharf right.
The best way to start your day at Fisherman’s Wharf is to leave the mainland and take the ferry to Alcatraz Island, out in the bay. (By the way, I’m covering the “Greater” Fisherman’s Wharf area– [Read more…]
There were a few spots in Chinatown that were closed when I went to visit them on Day 7. I decided a return visit was in order. I was able to return pretty easily, considering that according to official San Francisco definitions, I live in Chinatown!
A historic Catholic church is not the first thing that comes to mind when picturing Chinatown. Nevertheless, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral is an important site in Chinatown. On the way to Old St. Mary’s, I passed through St. Mary’s Square, a small park directly across the street.
Welcome to the last regularly scheduled sightseeing day of the 2016 sightseeing season! (Notice how I qualified that “last”?)
Chinatown is easily San Francisco’s most famous neighborhood. It was established (like so much of San Francisco) during the Gold Rush years. It’s the most densely populated neighborhood in the country west of Manhattan. I took quite a few pictures of Chinatown when I passed through on Day 1 along the Barbary Coast Trail. Now I was back for further exploration. Francisco joined me for the day.