San Francisco - Overview and highlights - United States

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At the end of our RV road trip through America we arrive in San Francisco.
This third largest city in California is located on the coast and is known for its Golden Gate Bridge. There are about 800,000 people and is certainly a big city.
We buy a public transport ticket and travel through San Francisco.
We have mostly visited tourist attractions in the city because of the short time we were in San Francisco. The attractions listed below we have visited.

Union Square

Union Square is located in the shopping center of San Francisco and takes its name from the demonstrations in support of the Union Army which are held in the time of the Civil War. In the 80's and 90's the square was used as a sleeping place for the homeless. Today it is said Union Square is the ceremonial heart of San Francisco.

Lombard Street

The crookedest street in San Francisco is undoubtedly Lombard Street. The former residents had this hairpin bends road built because they wanted less traffic through their streets. Unfortunately Lombard Street is one of the most famous attractions of San Francisco and every day hundreds of tourists drive along this street.

Pier 39

Pier 39 is definitely the tourist attraction of San Francisco. Many souvenir shops, tourists, Bubba Gump and the seals are characteristic of Pier 39. Pier 39 is located on the edge of Fisherman's Wharf district.

Golden Gate Bridge

The figurehead of San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. From Pier 39 you can go along the coast towards the red bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is the only opening of the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. The length of the bridge is 2.7 kilometers and was at the time of the opening in 1937 the longest suspension bridge in the world.

China Town

Like many large cities in America, San Francisco also has a China Town. The gate of China Town is located at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Bush Street. Lanterns, street lights and many shops let you know that you arrived in China Town.

Victoriaanse huizen

Surrounding Alamo Square are beautiful houses built in Victorian style. A walk in the area almost brings you to buying a house! This neighborhood is affordable for few people. In different colors there are nice houses to see, some better maintained than others.

Blue Angels

The weekend after our departure the San Francisco Fleet week was held. In preparation for this celebration the days before the Blue Angels trained in San Francisco Bay. The Blue Angels are part of the U.S. Navy and aim at recruiting staff for the navy. These highly trained pilots hold air shows across the world and are among the best air show teams in the world. During this training we have tried to take pictures of fighter jets. They flew close together, high, low, fast, slow and raced around. Sometimes it was difficult to hear which side they would come back this time. But it was fun and a good show!

Cable Car

Our Hotel in San Francisco was the Powell Hotel at the Cable Car turnaround point of the Powell & Hyde line. These trams run on rails through down town San Francisco and are a must to ride at least once.

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