After weather complications prevented us from seeing the Giant Sequoias, we made an unscheduled stop in San Francisco on Leg 4 of our Year Long Adventure. This was Mom & Dad’s third trip to SF, and we were excited to get the chance to show the kids the city where we spent both our honeymoon and ten year wedding anniversary.
We contemplated staying our one night outside the city, but we instead decided to stay in the heart of the Fisherman’s Wharf area at the Best Western Tuscan Inn. The cost to stay here was a little more than outside the city, but the prime location allowed us to walk to most of the places we wanted to see on our visit.
After checking into the hotel, we walked four blocks to Pier 39 to see the Sea Lions who gather on the floating docks. The kids really enjoyed the antics and call of the sea lions despite the cold and windy evening.
We then walked down the wharf and ate dinner at Boudin Bakery. Their specialty is sourdough bread, and they bake loaves in some amazing animal shapes.
After some excellent seafood, we took a taxi up to Nob Hill to show the kids the Renaissance Stanford Court hotel where we spent our honeymoon back in 1997 and our anniversary in 2007.
Nob Hill is only a few blocks away from Chinatown. From the hotel, we walked down a street so steep that it is hard to believe. We did a little souvenir shopping and stopped for a photo op on Clay Street.
At sunset, we caught the closest trolley car for a ride back down to the wharf. This was another big hit with the kids.
The next morning we walked a few blocks over to Lombard Street. This is the famous “crookedest street in the world” built with switchbacks to allow cars to traverse the extremely steep slope.
It was a rough hike up the hill to make it to the top of the street, but the view was worth it. A quick walk back to the hotel and our 24 hours in San Francisco were done. The kids really enjoyed the trip, and it was fun for Mom and Dad to share one of our favorite places with them, if only for a short time.