It is 6:40am, and I am waiting across Pier 27 cruise ship terminal to catch a San Francisco streetcar. I only have one day in San Francisco and I’m going to make the most of it. We got up at 5am to watch the sail-in, and it was absolutely amazing! You pass under San Fran Bridge, and pass close by Alcatraz. Of course, there will be a sail-AWAY as well, but then the decks are always crowded by everyone. Believe me, at 5am, you’ll find only the brave!
First on my list is the Golden Gate Park. The public transport MUNI system in SF is easy and inexpensive and I navigate my way to Golden Gate Park under an hour. This park is similar to Central Park in New York and was also designed by one of the same landscape architects that designed Central Park. The park offers so many things inside: museum, conservatory, Japanese tea garden, rose garden, lakes, even a golf course. These only open at 10am though, so I spent 3 hours just drinking in the beautiful gardens, waterfalls and plantations. I wish I could spend a whole day here but it’s time to move on…
At 11am I’m in Market Street, Union Square. This is downtown San Francisco and it is ALIVE! People and shops and coffee shops everywhere! It’s city life the way you like it!! On Saterdays, there is a farmers market at the end of Market Street. All hand made things and fresh produce. After spending too much money here 😉 it is time to queue for the famous San Fran Tram. This system is as old as the city itself and is a very touristy way of transport…so that is exactly why I took it ;)! The tram takes you from downtown through the city and back to beach road. Next stop: Ghirardelli 😀 and it’s just chocolate everywhere!! Every flavour, size, shape, and colour you can think of! And then they go ahead and put it in ice creams as well! Definitely worth a visit, whether it’s to buy your choc stash, get souvenirs, or just to get to taste the free sample!
Its 4pm, and time for a snack. An easy walk along beach road will lead you to Fisherman’s Wharf. There is a wide selection of restaurants here, and some offer a view over the ocean and SF Bridge.
Next stop is Pier 39. This is the place to shop for any San Francisco souvenir you can think of! Make sure you spend enough time here. Though it can be very busy, it is a great place to visit as a tourist. This is also a great place to have dinner.
From there, pier 27 is only about a 15min walk, and you are back on the ship and exhausted!! 🙂