Take Me To California travel blog

looking down a street into chinatown

the start of the filbert steps up telegraph hill

very steep incline!

sea lions and sea gulls

creeptown at golden gate park

Our day started in Mel's diner for breakfast, which was located on the ground floor of our hotel, since the hotel's continental breakfast was lame. We decided we wanted to walk as much as we could around SF instead of taking the poor Mirage around all those hills. From my prior research, I had remembered a walking tour around SF called the Barbary Coast Trail. You follow gold plaques and arrows in the sidewalks and it takes you all over town. We walked through Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, Portsmouth Square, the Financial District, up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower via the Filbert and Greenwich Stairs and ended up in Fisherman's Wharf. We didn't see the famous wild parrots around the Filbert and Greenwich steps like I had read you would see, but after talking to a local, he told us it was hit or miss at seeing the parrots, and to keep an ear out for them coz they may just be a few streets over. And of course as we walked a couple blocks we heard them and looked up and saw them fly by. The Wharf was very touristy but the sea lions were great to watch. We took the cable cars back up the hills towards the hotel, where we jumped in the Mirage to do Lombard Street. We also drove to Golden gate park to see the giant dutch windmill and the japenese tea gardens. All in all, it was a packed day full of stuff.

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