We left Monterey and drove north up the coast to Half Moon Bay and then cut over to the 280. I’ve lived in southern California my whole life (minus the last three years in DC) and I’ve never been to San Francisco. It’s been on my bucket list for years. As we approached, I was completely blown away at how big the city is. Much bigger than it was in my head. Maybe I was thinking it would be more the size of D.C. but it’s bigger. Before we checked into our hotel we did some sightseeing. First up – the Golden Gate Bridge. Amidst the fog, it was stunning and I was transported back to the third grade. I could help but sing, “What ever happen to predictability? The milk man, the paper boy, evening TV. Everywhere you look there’s a place…” (10 points if you know what I’m referring to).
After we drove through Chinatown and then the windiest road in America (or ‘Merica as so many are saying now days??). It was packed for 4th of July. Their were cops directing traffic and a huge line to this famous street.
Needless to say, I couldn’t get a great picture. I would hate living on this street. Tourist were walking through people’s drive ways. See below.A few other things I noticed: their are wires everywhere for the cable cars, the homes are all pretty light colored, and if you’re a walker you’d get quite a tush because these hills are no joke.
We checked in to the Prescott Hotel in Union Square. It’s a Kimpton hotel which I love staying at. Back in DC the first week we moved out of our place we stayed at a Kimpton in Old Town Alexandria. It is completely dog friendly. The only sucky part was the $53 valet fee in San Fran. It’s completely obnoxious, but it wasn’t better anywhere else and we had a lot of luggage to unload. The fee was only about $25 a night in Alexandria but we gambled and spent the week parking both cars on the street for the whole week. We got only one $40 ticket. I’d call that a win. Anywho, back to SF. Kimpton. Pet friendly. Awesomeness.
The next morning we walked Pier 39 and had breakfast at The Eagle Cafe. Again, I was surprised at how big the city was. Their were several piers, restaurants, shops and a Chocolate Heaven. Probably a tourist trap but we stopped here to snag a few truffles. Back to the hotel to load up and drive to the Redwoods. We’re almost done with our trip.