Walk S.F., San Francisco
Ghirardelli Square is located at 900 North Point Street between Beach and Larkin Streets at the West end of Fisherman's Wharf, two blocks East of Van Ness Avenue and one block West of the Cable Car turnaround at Beach and Hyde Streets.
The big Ghirardelli sign is 25 feet tall and 125 feet wide.
Shopping, dining, art galleries, walking tours, events, are just some of the entertainment on offer here.
The walking tours are offered on weekends between July and September and are 20 minutes long. They are given by guides who are dressed in traditional Victorian costume to emphasise the history behind Ghirardelli Square.
This is an interesting and informative tour, if nothing else the tour is free plus you receive a free square of Ghirardelli chocolate!
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, and bring warm clothes (SF can get warm in the daytime, but its almost always chilly at night, and it rains fairly consistently from January - March).
Fondest memory: I used to go to the roof of my building and watch the sunset. The views in every direction from SF are breathtaking - and there's nothing quite like the Pacific Ocean! This was taken from my old roof (if you click on it, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge to the left side, and Mt. Tamalpais on the right side, in the distance). Mt. Tam (as the locals refer to it, perhaps because no one is quite sure how to pronounce 'Tamalpais'?!) is the largest mountain in the immediate area at 2571 feet, along with Mt. Diablo to the east (3849 feet, visible on a clear day from the taller hills around SF, as well as from the Golden Gate bridge). Mt. Tam is sometimes called the Sleeping Lady.
San Francisco is blessed with a great mixture of characters from fabulous cross-dressers to street preachers and those who experience better living through chemistry. You have to just hit the streets, provided you are street savvy enough to do so. This little square of California is truly alive and it just gives you the general feeling that something cool is happening. We met an old woman who told us of an affair she once had with Salvadore Dali. That just doesn't happen every day in other parts of America.
Fondest memory: My husband and I were in a Korean bar and some guy rushed in and offered to sell a wooden figurine of Confucius for $20. My husband, after a few Korean beers, said, " I'll give you $10." The guy agreed and took off quickly, leaving a gorgeous statue carved out of a single piece of hard wood. The bar-owner wrapped it in paper for us and we lugged it back to our friends' apartment. En route, we accidently got off in "The Tenderloin" and in spite of a few scarey moments, we everntually made it back with Confucious in hand. We still have him.
Walk along the water with your significant other and enjoy the crisp, salty air.
Fondest memory: I was on a business trip for a few weeks and my boyfriend came to visit me for a weekend. We walked around the Embarcadero and the Financial District. We got lost in Chinatown which was really interesting because it feels like you're really in another country!
Be prepared to do some walking if you REALLY want to get a feel for the city. Try not to drive; parking is sparse and lot fees are high. To get to those places that you can't walk to, take public transportation, which SF is well equipped with.
Fondest memory: Looking at all the different types of architecture; SF is full oif style and appeal.
Stroll through the various neighborhoods - SF is a wonderfully diverse and colorful city. In addition to the typical cable car and wharf tourist thing, spend some time in neighborhood parks - stroll through the Golden Gate Park or climb to the top of Nob Hill, and enjoy the visual and cultural tapestry that is San Francisco.
Fondest memory: I live here - my life is filled with great images of San Francisco!
Climb Knob Hill! It gives you a true feeling for what it took to build the city, and you'll learn a greater appreciation for those who regularly jog there....
Fondest memory: Wandering the gorgeous streets and neighborhoods (don't miss the crooked block on Powell Street).
WALK! This is the main reason why my hubby and I enjoyed our visit to San Francisco so much! The city was compact enough for us to exercise our leg-power or use the efficient transport system (trams and cable cars got us to most places of interest!
Fondest memory: The nice weather of the early Summer...we were blessed with clear blue sky everyday of the trip and the refreshing cool breeze in the mornings and evening...and low humidity (you'd know what I mean if you've been to Singapore) although we had to slather ourselves with moisturising creams to prevent ourselves from cracking up!
See Fishermans Warf, Alcatraz, walk the golden gate bridge, JUST WALK AROUND DOING WHATEVER COMES UP!
Fondest memory: Walking across the Golden Gate bridge as the fog rolled in, seeing the veiw of the city and the bay! awww, beautiful
I DID A LOT OF WALKING AROUND... WHICH IN S.F. IS HARD ENOUGH WITH ALL THOSE HILLS. TRY DOING ALL THAT WALKING WITH A 30lb BABY ON YOUR BACK!! WE HAD A BLAST EXPLORING THE CITY.
I have been dreaming about visiting SF since i was kid.. So i guess you imagine how i felt when the plane landed at SF International Aiport (after 13 hours in an airplane playing video game to try to forget the odor emaning for the feet of the guy sitted next to me...anyway back on tracks..).
Then, i started to be a bit dissapointed the more we approched Dowtown.. It was much more smaller than i expected..It really took me a little while to get used to the idea that the SF i imaginated was not the real SF. But as soon i crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, that was it..exactly how i had dreamed about SF, the beautiful views, the fresh air, the sunset, the lovely Sausalito,,and the very very friendly people from Frisco (hehe).
Fondest memory: crossing the Golden gate bridge and the walk from Civic Center to Sausalito!!! all by foot! people actually told me i must be crazy...well i am used to walk around London, that's all!
Cable cars, Alcatraz, Golden Gate bridge, Lombard st. are all great but the thing that was great for me was walking to all of these places and keeping my eyes open all of the time. All of the neighbourhoods are so incredible that if you arent paying attention with your head in a guide book you may miss something fantastic.
Fondest memory: Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge. It had me in awe from the first glimps I got of it and could find enough footsteps to take it all in. So I stoped, a lot.
Walk through The Golden Gate Bridge.
Fondest memory: Nothing conveys more the romance of the Bay Area than the Golden Gate Bridge. Majestically leaping across the entrance to San Francisco Bay, the bridge (built in 1937) connects the city (behind) with Marin County to the north.
This shot is taken from the Marin headlands from an old gun emplacement called Battery Spencer. Conzelman Road winds along the edge of the headlands and provides several classic viewpoints.
Favorite thing: EXPLORE!!! San Francisco has so much to offer the tourist. Views, architecture, restaurants, neighborhoods, parks, hills, and more. It's all here, in one city. The best way to see the city is to get out and explore. Go somewhere that sounds interesting and spend a few hours walking around. I'll bet you see something that you'll tell everyone at home about. It's a relatively small city (7mi. by 7mi.) so you can walk around a lot of it. And don't let the hills scare you. Usually the effort to go up is well worth it for the sights you'll get.
You will never want for things to do or see in San Francisco!
Fondest memory: If you have time, walk the Fillmore area (the old rock concert scene) -- enjoy the Starbucks (one on every corner), the locals (friendly and talkative), shop till you drop in all the prime botiques!
OH! an just off the main drag -- Have a great time in Japan Town!