|Lands End Lookout|
It was a very picturesque area that was once home to the Sutro Baths, which was the largest indoor pool establishment in 1896. They had 1 fresh water pool and 6 salt water pools of varying temperatures and could hold up to 10,000 people at a time. Unfortunately the building burned in 1966 and was abandoned, but you can still visit the former site and that's just what we did.
|Remnants of Sutro Baths|
|Cliff House restaurant|
|Cliff House Restaurant, the original one was built in 1863|
|Cliff House Restaurant totem pole|
|Golden Gate Park Windmills, no longer functional but cool looking!|
|Lands End Trail, me on the hillside|
|We gotta go back up? Blech...|
|Lands End Trail|
|Lands End Trail|
|Lands End Trail|
|Ocean Beach by the Cliff House restaurant|
|Ocean Beach, no one in the water cause it's cold!|
|Flower in bloom above Ocean Beach|
We're definitely not the big city type, but San Francisco is really an amazing city to visit. You really do need a full week to see everything that we saw. This was our first real activity based vacation and we had a great time. Typically we like to do all inclusive vacations and just lounge pool/beach side all week and read a book or two and unwind.
If we had to do it over, I don't think we would really have changed anything. The only thing we didn't do prior was research any specific restaurants to go to. We just figured with planning most of the excursions, that we could just wander and play it by ear. However, as big of a foodie capital that San Francisco is, the food was not a memorable part of the trip surprisingly.
We had good food, but we also had not so good food. The highlights food wise were the expensive fish tacos at Copita in Sausalito and the wifey really liked dinner at Forbes Island restaurant, but overall our second favorite meal was at....The Cheesecake Factory of all places.
The weird thing is at home, it's one of my least favorite places to eat. Apparently they have a new Skinnylicious menu and first off there is a ton of good stuff on that menu and the Skinnylicious Pasta was sooo good. The description says Gemelli Pasta with Sauteed Chicken, Fresh Tomato, Marinara Sauce and Fresh Basil, yummy. If you haven't been in a while, definitely check it out. Kinda sad that a huge chain like that was one of our favorite meals, but I just think that was because we didn't do any research on restaurants prior. So if you do visit, you might want to do that ahead of time.
|The busiest Cheesecake Factory is on the top level behind the Macy's sign|
|Mmmm...Warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, once of my favorites!|
|Union Square view from the Cheesecake Factory|
|Chancellor Hotel, the beginning and end of our trip|
If you will be taking public transportation, get the 511 Transit app for your phone. It is really great and has up to the minute information on buses and you can search based on where you are and where you want to go or you can look for information on specific bus lines.
We stayed at the Chancellor Hotel in the heart of Union Square and it was very centrally located and inexpensive relative to other hotels and we had a good experience. It is close to shopping/restaurants and many of the tours and main transportation routes go right through that area.
I hope you enjoyed my day by day breakdown of our trip and if you have any questions whatsoever about San Francisco or any of the places we visited, please drop me a comment or an email to chris at thepathtoriches.com and I'd be glad to answer them!
Thanks and happy travels!!