Forum Answer-Best place to stay in San Francisco
We had two nights in San Francisco recently at the Tuscan Inn in Fishermans Wharf. Fishermans Wharf is really touristy but if that is what you are after there are many things to do and the street cars and cable cars made it easy to get to Union Square and other areas. We loved the sea lions and would have loved to have seen the Golden Gate bridge. The fog is a bit of a problem there. Have a great trip. We did.
Still a Spectacular Sight
For an up close view of the Golden Gate Bridge, park at the Golden Gate Bridge parking lot, or park just east of there in the lot named Battery East.
From either spot, you can appreciate this engineering masterpiece and work of art. On the San Francisco side, you can walk around the parking lot for great views of the bridge and the bay and stop by the Visitor’s Center. Afterwards, take a walk across the bridge to see the equally stunning views of San Francisco from the Marin County side. If you choose to walk, take a jacket, it can be quite windy and cold!
No matter how you view it, after almost 70 years, it's still an impressive sight!
You can listen to details about the Bridge and other San Francisco sights, or add your own narrative at tourgi.com .
The reason I didn't put this under "Tourist Trap" is that we had to come here fairly often -- to go on our ferry tours and to visit the Ghirardelli Factory, and I really didn't find it that bad. I actually sort of liked this place in a weird, twisted kind of way. I was kinda fascinated with the place, especially the street performers and the more creative ways they used to get money.
One guy came up to me and gave me a "citation for smiling" -- started writing up a ticket and the whole thing. My fine: a "donation to a youth group". There was also a guy who disguised himself with a bunch of branches and sat on the side of the street. I thought it was a bush. (yeah, dumb enough to not think a bush was growing in the middle of Fisherman's Wharf). When we walked by, he jumped up and screamed "boo", inducing a loud scream from me, the intended victim. Of course, this is for the amusement of bystanders as well. Everyone had a good natured laugh, then he said, "now wasn't that laugh worth 25 cents?". "No" said my husband, and hustled me along. Ya gotta admit, these guys are pretty ingenious.
If you are here later in the evening or early in the morning, the crowds are manageable, and it's one of those things you have to do, even though you know it's bad for you. Like I said, you'll probably end up here anyway if you're going to take the ferry to Alcatraz or somewhere else, so you might as well spend an hour. An hour, tops.
Take a city tour by coach to...
Take a city tour by coach to get oriented with the city's attractions and landmarks. My favourite area of San Francisco is the Fisherman's Wharf waterfront precinct.
There are lots of activities for tourists, reasonably priced food, and ferrys can be taken there across to the former Alcatraz prison, which is now a national park.
hang out at Martha Brothers...
hang out at Martha Brothers Coffee on 24th street between Sanchez and Church. Get coffeee, pick up a bagel next door at Manhattan bagel and then enjoy the street life on one of the benches in front.