My girlfriend’s cousin was married in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago and we were lucky enough to be one of the few invited. I’m somewhat familiar with San Francisco, but my girlfriend has never been. I knew she would love it so we decided to extend our stay in the city for a few days so I could show her around. She was not disappointed! Our trip started out perfectly. We booked a standard room at the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf. Upon checking in the desk agent upgraded us to a suite, just one of the many perks of being a travel agent I guess. Our room was beautiful and the view was amazing. No time for that though, we wanted to get out and see the city.
I knew even before our plane landed that my first stop was going to be Chinatown. I love just strolling up and down the streets checking out the different shops, and trying to figure out which restaurant is going to have the best noodles. Famished, we finally decided to do lunch at Yin Du Wonton. We split the duck wonton soup, curried fish balls, and Chinese broccoli. All of the food was excellent, especially the wonton soup. We were completely full, and satisfied, and had spent less that $12. I imagine Chinatown in San Francisco is the only place on the west coast where that can be done.
Feeling a food coma setting in we walked back to the hotel for a quick afternoon nap. I was pleasantly surprised when walking in that the desk agent who checked us in greeted us by name. I’m not sure how he’s able to keep that many names straight, but it was very inviting. Later that afternoon we decided to take a leisurely stroll over to Pier 39. That’s one of the great things about staying at the Marriott, it’s within walking distance to some of the best tourist attractions San Francisco has to offer. Once we hit the pier I knew exactly what I wanted; clam chowder from my favorite little place, Chowders. I used to beg my mom to take me here when we used to visit, and it was a treat returning. It was a little busy, and pretty touristy, but the chowder was spot on.
We finished off the evening bouncing around and having a couple of cocktails before walking back to the hotel. After a great nights rest we had a nice breakfast in the hotel, and set out for the remainder of our walking tour of the city. We hit a few shops, the Aquatic Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, and eventually down to Coit Tower. Lillie Coit is a distant relative of mine, and I remember the stories my grandfather used to tell about her. He had taken me to the tower when I was a kid, but I never fully appreciated the impact that she had on the city. Even though Coit Tower is somewhat personal to me, it’s still a great tourist attraction that shouldn’t be missed. The murals painted all over the tower are great, but the real attraction is the view from the top. Shell out the few bucks for the elevator ride and you won’t be sorry. You can see pretty much everything San Francisco has to offer from here; Alcatraz, The Golden Gate Bridge, The Bay Bridge, Nob Hill, and many other sights worth seeing.
As it started getting dark we decided to wind down the walking tour with a little dinner in Chinatown (I can never get enough Asian food), and a nice leisurely stroll back to the hotel. We did quite a bit of walking that day, and we had a full days festivities at the wedding the following day, so some much need sleep was in order.
A Trip To San Francisco