We did a hop-on hop-off bus tour yesterday. It took us all over the streets of San Francisco!
We left our hotel at about 9:30am and it was a sunny day with a clear blue sky. Oh...took a pic of the exterior of our hotel...
The San Remo Hotel, built in 1906.
And it hasn't changed much since then! We'll tell you all about it another day, including why it was our top choice of places to stay in San Francisco.
It's located a very short distance from Fisherman's Wharf, so we only had a five minute walk to get to the tourist area where the buses leave from. We chose the City Sightseeing tour bus, which does a 48 hour pass for $49.99 per person. It's a little pricey, but it's a convenient way of visiting all of the important things to see in the city.
I have to mention that it's tough to get decent pictures in San Francisco if you try to take them from the bus. They have a lot of electric buses here, and the wires that crisscross the sky do a great job of getting in the way of a lot of photo opportunities! Kind of frustrating at times, so I didn't take many photos from the bus itself.
Our first building of interest isn't even built yet!
They've begun construction of "Salesforce Tower" at 50 Fremont St.
This new skyscraper will be the tallest building in San Francisco when it opens in 2017. At over 1,000 feet tall and 62 stories, it will also be the tallest building in the western United States!
We got off the bus at Union Square. This is a block of park space that is surrounded by expensive stores and a pricey hotel. There's a Nieman Marcus, a Tiffany, a Saks Fifth Avenue...that kind of thing. And a Macy's department store among others.
We went into the Nieman Marcus because we had been told about the stained glass decorating the roof of the entrance...
Yep, that's an impressive stained glass in Nieman Marcus.
We wandered up to the 3rd floor for a view out to the plaza.
Then, we went into Macy's for a view overlooking the plaza itself...
Can you see what they're building with the crane?
Yep, forget about Thanksgiving, because they're putting the Christmas Tree up! And all of the stores are right into the Christmas spirit as well already.
From there, it was on to City Hall. We were very impressed with San Francisco's City Hall building, and it's well worth a visit as something to do for free.
San Francisco City Hall.
Once you're in past the security check, they pretty much allow you to roam at will.
That's a heavy duty door!
Looking down at the grand staircase.
Outside the city hall is the James Lick Pioneer Monument. Nice looking statue!
We had brought some lunch with us and we sat in the shade near the above statue as we waited for the next City Sightseeing hop on bus to come along. It was a gorgeous day, pretty much perfect and they're calling for the same thing tomorrow!
We got off the bus again at the amazing Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. This church was prominently featured in Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" movie. Also, when Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio got married, they posed for pictures outside the church. DiMaggio's funeral was held here in 1999.
Inside the church.
From there, we walked...uphill...
How steep is this road?!
We walked up to Lombard and Hyde in order to get the view from there, as well as to have a look at the world's crookedest street. Oh, but first...
We found another view of this famous landmark!
Did I mention it was a beautiful day...?
And, looking the opposite way towards the Coit Tower.
World famous Lombard Street. Looking down from the top.
And looking up from the bottom.
Next up...the world famous (there sure are a lot of famous things here) Golden Gate Bridge!
The bridge is 1.7 miles (2.7 kms) to cross!
Sure is high up.
Kevin, and a view back at the city.
San Francisco as see from the Golden Gate Bridge.
What a great day we had. And it's looking even better for tomorrow.
Because we're going to visit the world famous Alcatraz Island! I have always wanted to go there! Can you imagine the stories if those walls could talk...