San Francisco counts only 800’000 inhabitants but it s famous worldwide for its skyline, which includes the Golden Gate Bridge and its liberal lifestyle. It is truly a unique city in many ways. It is also the main city in the Bay area, which includes the Silicon Valley contained in the San Jose, Oakland, and SFO triangle. The entire area is home to 6.6 million lives.
You are in America, so get yourself a rental car or a limo for the day, as without a car you will have a hard time closing the proposed loop in one day.
1. The city skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge
Weather you decide to go to the Golden Gate in the morning or in the evening for the sunset; you must exit the motorway on the North side of the bridge and climb the Conzelman road for a mile. That way you will have an amazing view of the Bridge and the city. If you have time on the way down, park the car and walk half way through the bridge and get a sense of how magnificent it is.
2. Land’s end to Telegraph hill, or the backbone of the city
Next drive to Land’s end, through the Presidio and return via Lincoln Way along the Golden Gate Park then turn on to Oak street until you reach Fillmore Street. Park the car and stretch your legs along this popular street, full of coffee shops and boutiques.
Then climb to Pacific Heights (Alta Plaza Park) and take another look at the view to the North embracing the bridge and Alcatraz.
Drive down to Lombard Street and follow it up all the way until you get to the windy part between Hyde and Leavenworth Street. That particular strectch says a lot about the hills in SFO. Then continue to Telegraph Hill and the “Coit” tower another amazing viewpoint over the Bay.
3. North beach and China town
Go to Columbus and Broadway, drop your car in a Parking lot and again stretch your legs around the downtown area before heading to the waterfront at Pier 39 to enjoy a clam chowder or some other seafood.
Enjoy the day…