A lively part of the city along the waterfront. We found great food here (especially chowder/seafood), lots of shops, excellent street musicians, and sea lions at Pier 39.
I have been wanting to visit Alcatraz since I was a little kid, but unfortunately the tickets were all sold out a month before our trip. Luckily, we happened to find some scalpers at Fisherman's Wharf selling cancelled tickets for the original price. We only had ~20 minutes to make it to the other side of the waterfront and board the boat, so we made a quick decision to buy the tickets and RAN to the loading point. We made it just in time!
Upon arrival we received recorded audio-guides which allowed us to tour the prison at our own paces. The two photos below are of the solitary confinement cells.
Although the scenery was much different from the inside of a prisoner's cell, the view from Alcatraz Island of the city is beautiful!
Golden Gate Bridge
Our second day in San Francisco, we rented bicycles and spent about 6 hours biking around the city - we started near Chinatown and rode through Fisherman's Wharf, to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, and eventually looping back. Not accounting for San Francisco's wind (and fog), I had packed pretty much just shorts for this trip, so I was FREEZING when we got to the bridge, where the wind was really strong. Biking fast helped me to warm up though, and the view as we biked across the bridge made it worth it.
This is the world'slast manually operated cable car system, and an icon of San Francisco. Here we snapped a few photos just as the car was unloading, but our ride was pretty packed full of tourists when it was going.
Chocolate.... Need I say more?
Computer History Museum
On our last day in the city, we drove to Mountain View to visit the Computer History Museum. I wasn't super excited to go, but seeing the old computers and demonstrations of how they were used was interesting.
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