Visiting San Francisco
Ya viene el verano, no sabemos qué hacer! Qué tal un viaje de verano, sobre todo uno en el que podamos ir con niños? Aquí les doy una idea que a nosotras nos resultó excelente, es un viaje inolvidable! Un recorrido por la costa oeste de Estados Unidos. El paisaje es precioso, y las vistas inolvidables, con un clima muy bueno, pero sobre todo la gente muy agradable.
Nuestra primera parada, el bello San Francisco. El tráfico en California tiene fama de ser muy pesado, y San Francisco no es la excepción… un consejo práctico, usar el transporte público, Es cómodo, seguro y puntual. Para ver más detalles, visita https://www.sfmta.com/
Ver sus casas Victorianas te remonta unos cuantos años atrás, hermosas. Visita Steiner Street, del 710 al 720. Verás unas casa espectaculares.
Montarte en sus tranvías halados por cables del siglo 19, o los autobuses eléctricos es toda experiencia. Visitar el tan turístico Fisherman’s Wharf, su cercanía al mar, sus restaurantes de mariscos, poder ver a las focas tomando el sol en los muelles, súper típico. Cerca de esta área, también podrás encontrar la fábrica de Ghirardelli, parada oficial para los amantes del chocolate. Y por supuesto, por la misma área, la famosa y antigua panadería Boudin, la cual tiene sus inicios en 1849, con la receta de Sourdough muy famosa.
La fascinante visita de Alcatraz, ya clausurada desde 1960, y ahora punto de visita al llegar a San Francisco. La histórica cárcel está ubicada en el medio de la bahía. Si les interesa ese tour les recomendamos hacer reservas con tiempo, porque casi siempre está lleno, estos salen del pier 33. Las reservas se pueden hacer con anticipación, visita https://www.nps.gov/alca/planyourvisit/fees.htm para más información.
Otro punto de gran interés, y que a los niños les fascina es la calle Lombard, que es de una sola vía, con sus adoquines de ladrillos y sembrada de bellas hortensias multicolores, y desde donde se ve gran parte de la bahía.
Y claro, el punto turístico más famoso de la ciudad, y que representa a la ciudad a nivel mundial, el impresionante Golden Gate, de color rojizo. Un punto excelente para pasar el tiempo y disfrutar en familia. Las mejores fotos del puente las conseguirás desde Battery Spencer, o desde Hawk Hill. Para más detalles, no dejes de ver http://www.goldengatebridge.org
Pensando en productos orgánicos, y continuar disfrutando de lo que la ciudad tiene que ofrecer, una visita a The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market no puede faltar.
Un lugar que me parece súper interesante para los niños, es el Exploratorium, en el pier 15/17, un museo interactivo para los niños. Prepárense a pasar unas cuantas horas, porque cautiva tanto a niños como adultos.
En general, una ciudad para visitar, me encanto San Francisco.
Visiting San Francisco
Last summer we packed our bags and landed in San Francisco international airport to begin our road trip. San Francisco, in northern California, is a city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. There is nothing better to connect with your kids than to take a long road trip! Here are a few things we did in the city:
The Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most famous bridge in the world. Approximately 120,000 automobiles drive across it every day. A pedestrian walkway also allows the crossing on foot, and bikes are allowed on the western side. The Golden Gate Bridge is said to be one of the most photographed things on Earth.
Ride a Cable Car
Cable cars have been transporting people around San Francisco since the late 19th century. The cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes. Their familiar bells can be heard ringing from blocks away. As a really requested tourist attraction, it could take from 30 minutes up to two hours on the waiting line, so make sure you have at least a hat and a cold beverage. Each one-way ride will provide spectacular views of the city’s celebrated hills.
Visit the Rock
Alcatraz, the notorious former prison, is located on an island of the same name in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Some of the United States’ most notorious criminals were incarcerated there. The prison was closed in the 1960’s and stories about Alcatraz are legendary. A visit to Alcatraz today is fascinating. To reach the island, take an Alcatraz Cruises ferry from Pier 33. Reservations are recommended if you want to visit the Rock!
See the Sea Lions
Fisherman’s Wharf is also home to PIER 39, a festive waterfront marketplace that is one of the city’s most popular attractions. A community of California sea lions has taken up residence on the floats in the PIER 39 Marina and visitors line the nearby railing to watch their antics. From there it’s a short walk to the San Francisco Dungeon, Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the famous crab vendors selling walk-away crab and shrimp cocktails.
Walk Through the Oldest Chinatown
The entrance to Chinatown at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is called the “Dragon’s Gate.” Inside are 24 blocks of hustle and bustle, most of it taking place along Grant Avenue, the oldest street in San Francisco. This city within a city is best explored on foot; exotic shops, renowned restaurants, food markets, temples and small museums comprise its boundaries. Visitors can buy ancient potions from herb shops, relax and enjoy a “dim sum” lunch or witness the making of fortune cookies.
We loved the Dim Sum place and afterwards enjoyed a delicious bubble tea with a warm bubble waffle!
Lombart St. is known for the one-way block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, where eight sharp turns are said to make it the most crooked street in the world. Built in 1922, was intended to reduce the hill’s natural 27% grade, which was too steep for most vehicles. The crooked block is perhaps 600 feet long, is one-way (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The sign at the top recommends 5 mph (8 km/h).
The Port of San Francisco
On the western edge of the San Francisco Bay near the Golden Gate. It has been called one of the three great natural harbors in the world, but it took two long centuries for navigators from Spain and England to find the anchorage originally called Yerba Buena. A port, as was said in its early days, in which all the fleets of the world could find anchorage.
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Is a certified farmer’s market operated by the nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). The market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. It is renowned throughout the country as one of the top farmer’s markets to visit. On any day, especially Saturdays, some of San Francisco’s best known chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market. Each week nearly 25,000 shoppers visit the farmers market.
California Cuisine is heavily influenced by Mexican, Asian, and Mediterranean Cuisine. Seafood and fresh fish, salmon being very popular, can be found on many restaurant menus, and avocado is used as a common ingredient due to its widespread cultivation in the state. Californian cuisine tends to reflect the somewhat lighter and more health-conscious mindset of the state.
The farmers market is open three days a week—Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the smaller markets occupy the front of the building along the Embarcadero; on Saturdays, the much larger market is held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay.
Is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The square once featured over 40 specialty shops and restaurants. Some of the original shops and restaurants still occupy the square.
Is a bakery based in San Francisco, known for its sourdough bread (self-proclaimed as the “Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread”) It was established in 1849 by Isidore Boudin, son of a family of master bakers from Burgundy, France, by blending the sourdough prevalent among miners in the Gold Rush with French techniques.
And of course, you can’t leave San Francisco without tasting the Clam chowder served on a Sourdough bowl!
This is specially for the people travelling with kids! On piers 15/17 there is an amazing place called The Exploratorium, an eye-opening, playful place to explore how the world works. My girls and my nieces were so happy!
All San Francisco landmarks made in matchsticks, it took this artist over 3,000 hours and 34 years to make – but the results are incredible. Artist Scott Weaver has created a huge but incredibly detailed model of San Francisco using 100,000 toothpicks.