San Francisco: Four Hour Tour

by Sarah on September 25, 2014

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While we were on the west coast for a wedding, we took some time to sightsee. Besides our time in Napa and Sonoma, we also went on two three hour tours of San Francisco. You may ask yourself why did we do the same tour twice? Quite simply because we had time to kill before our friends arrived at the airport Friday evening and because those friends had never been to San Francisco, let alone the west coast.

Our pre-tour (or dry run) Friday evening was also a great way for the three of us to determine which sights to take our other friends to on Sunday. Without further adieu, here is how to see San Francisco in about four hours:

We had a rental car, so we started our tour at Lands End. We spent some time leisurely walking the path and snapping some stunning pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge along the way.

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Next we saw the Painted Ladies. I don’t know what it is about Alamo Square Park, but every time (ok three times) we have visited we haven’t been able to find parking. Jay dropped us for a photo op, while he drove the rental car around the park a few times.

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After our drive into the city (from the wedding venue) and our first two stops, we were all feeling hungry. We stopped by Fisherman’s Wharf for some deliciously fresh seafood.

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Leaving the car behind, we enjoyed the warm weather and took a stroll down to Hyde Street Pier. We enjoyed looking at the historic vessels and the view of Alcatraz in the bay.

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From the pier we ventured up to Ghirardelli Square, where we enjoyed a rich afternoon treat.

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With only about a half hour to spare, we spent the remained of our time hiking up to Lombard Street. I think this picture below of Nancy Friday afternoon exemplifies how we all felt once we reached the top. Poor Nancy was convince to endure that hike, not once but twice over our five day adventure.

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We thought about riding a cable car up to Lombard Street, but between the $6 fare and long line we opted for the hike instead.

As you can see from the picture below, with that we were ready to head back to the suburbs to get ready for the wedding.

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We all enjoyed our quick tourist jaunt around the city, but were more excited to the wedding to come that Sunday afternoon. Check back next week for some details on both the Sangeet and Wedding to celebrate Chris and Niharika.

Have your been to San Francisco? What did you think of our four hour tour? Did we miss anything?

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