This will be quite a straightforward post about what to see and do in San Francisco, this beautiful West Coast City.
Without further ado, and without the order of importance, here are a few things I have seen and recommend you do/see them too. And yes, it is up to you to decide. It always is.
1. Admire the architecture and the tranquility of Palace of Fine Arts
Take some time to walk around here, take lots of photos, as this place is very popular for wedding shoots and film too. I first discovered this place while watching The Bachelor with Renée Zellweger. I recommend you watch this film too.
2.Walk Along The Golden Gate Bridge or Try Finding It In The Fog
We arrived to the bridge early in the morning, it was still quite foggy during the day, but then it got a bit better. Basically, you need to wait it out. But the structure is truly amazing. I do love bridges. I guess my favourite ones are Brooklyn Bridge in New York, Westminster and Tower Bridges in London and Humber Bridge in Hull (so random, I know).
3. Shop and Eat at Pier 39. But It Doesn’t Have To Be Hard Rock Cafe
Feel the atmosphere of a sea port city, while people watching, Dungeness crab eating, trying not to be totally devoured by the consumerism. Be strong. Walk around and then go to Fisherman’s Wharf and adore sea lions from a distance.
4. Be Jealous of Sea Lions at Fisherman’s Wharf. (Next to Pier 39)
The sea lions occupy this water street and wooden docks that used to be the boat docks. Now they’re the official property of sea lions who like to lie in the sun and look all sexy. I definitely wanted to join them in their sunbathing.
5. Admire the Cityscape of San Francisco From The Water Bus Tour
Just ask or look for Golden Gate Bay Cruises, if you book with Red and White cruises (not sponsored), it’ll cost $30 for adults. You’ll see the cityscape, Golden Gate Bridge from underneath it and the Alcatraz prison island.
I took this cruise to see the Golden Gate Bridge from underneath, and to see Alcatraz from a distance, but this getting closer to the bridge, seeing the grey sky, hoping to see the blue colours…we finally saw them. The sun is blinding, the wind is cold. Take sunglasses and a light jacket with you even in summer.
Speaking of other things to do while on a San Francisco Bay cruise, some of them briefly mentioned above…
6. “Swim” under the Golden Gate Bridge
This is possible when you go on the Bay cruise of course, and, boy, does it worth it. I highly recommend it.
7. See Where Al Capone Was Imprisoned
I suggest you do it from the island, not from the boat cruise like I did, but then again, I didn’t have a choice, hence my exterior excursion. You can go to the Alcatraz Island by ferry that departs from Pier 33. Arrive here and spend several hours feeling a bit like you’re on Shutter Island without the scares and monsters.
8. Follow The Light in the Unorthodox-ly Designed Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
Located near Japantown in San Francisco, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption is said to resemble a washing machine agitator from the outside (have a look at the first photo). Come here to see the “dome” from the inside, where the light is truly divine and flows from the ceiling, enveloping the walls, windows and people inside.
The second part of this article will be published on Wednesday, as this one is already too long. I decided not to make it longer. In the second part I will continue mentioning places you need to visit in San Francisco. And yes, it’s possible to do them all in one day.