San Fransisco is a popular travel destination and have historical architectures and landmarks likes Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, have the uphill and downhill road and the Pacific Ocean view, too.
SF have a good transportation system, they have MUNI website and apps for your mobile device, where you can make a trip planner by public transportation, by walking or by bike, by driving a car and by taxi.
This blog is our story when we were at San Fransisco for December family trip.
Where did we spent our 4 days in San Fransisco?
Day 1, Cathedral of Saint Mary of The Assumption ; City Hall
Day 2, Lombard St ; The Original Ghirardelli ; Fisherman’s Wharf ; Pier 39
Day 3, Union Square ; Chinatown ; Washington Square Park ; Pasifica State Beach
Day 4, Golden Gate Bridge ; Palace of Fine Arts ; 16th Ave Tiled Steps
We choose our accommodation at Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St. It’s a historical hotel and used to be a City Hall when the original City Hall was rebuilt after SF earthquake at that time.
This hotel location is near the Civic Center, Union Square and close to Civic Center BART station, close to bus station, also.
Our first day in SF was Christmas, therefore we went to Cathedral of Saint Mary of The Assumption for Christmas Mass and was led by Archbishop himself.
There are many empty seat although it’s Christmas Mass, very different with Christmas Mass at Jakarta or Indonesia where Christmas Mass is always fully seat.
After the mass, we looked around the nearby and we stop by at City Hall. This City Hall is a new building after the 1906 earthquake destroy the old City Hall.
We started our day to the famous and one of SF landmark’s Lombard Street, the narrow walk or drive down with eight sharp turn. If you don’t drive, you can use Cable Car or Bus to get here.
Leaving Lombard St, we walked to The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate.
Ghirardelli located not far away from Fisherman’s Wharf.
When you arrived you will see the Chocolate shop and usually there is a line to enter the shop. Inside the shop, after finishing buy some delicious chocolate, you have 2 option, exit or you can move to the ice cream shop and spend some time to eat and enjoy their ice cream and chocolate, likes us.
Our journey continue to the most popular tourist destination, Fisherman’s Wharf, where there are lots of Souvenir shops and enjoy the Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowl here, there’s lot of Clam Chowder seller and you can find Crab Stall, too. To find Fisherman’s Wharf, there are 2 (two) Cable Car operating here, the Powel – Hyde Line and the Powel – Mason line
We have been at Fishermans Wharf and mission is not complete without try the wellknown Clam Chowder like this photo below.
Then we continue walked to Pier 39.
In the San Fransisco waterfront there is Pier 39. Many tourist visiting this area because they visit to see Sea Lion, and if you are hungry there are a lot of restaurant or you can do shopping, too.
Today we went to Chinatown and pass by Union Square. SF Chinatown is like any other Chinatown full of shops selling from vegetables and fruit to food stall or restaurant, traditional medicine, souvenir shop and many other shops.
We took our picnic lunch at Washington Square Park. The park is in front of St. Peter and Paul Church.
To spend our afternoon, we went to Pasifica State Beach to saw Sunset.
After 3 days in SF, it’s time to go to the famous and popular tourist destination, Golden Gate Bridge. After passing by the Golden Gate Bridge, we took a photo at Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center, and there is a shop if you want to collect souvenir. Then we go to Vista Point to got other Golden Gate Bridge views.
From Golden Gate Bridge, we move to Palace of Fine Arts. This is an events venue with Roman & Greek architecture. The park outside the building is free and sometimes used for picnic lunch or Pre Wed photo.
From Palace of Fine Arts, we move to Tiled Steps at Moraga St & 16th Avenue. It’s located in the residential area with 163 steps. The SF view from the top is very beautiful, do you want to step up to the top?
That’s our memories when visiting SF with my family.