Blogs from San Francisco, California, United States, North America


May 27, 2015 (San Francisco) Sitting in SFO airport waiting four our global chauffeur to pick us up in the Dreamliner, listening to Beth Hart belt out the blues...watching the fog roll out of the bay and the bright blue sky show its smiling face. We'll miss that in Chengdu!... read more

Hello Dear Family, Friends and Travel Fans, Ross Smith and Lance Russell are about to go on another great adventure. A trip to the USA which will feature a week in San Francisco, a week in New York City, and a stay in Maine with Lance's relatives. Ross will also travel to Montreal and will offer a different blog for his part, so look out for that. We leave on June 30th for Sydney and stay overnight at Rydges Hotel at Sydney Airport. Then next day, Wednesday, July 1st, at noon, we fly to San Francisco with United Airlines. United Airlines happens to be the only airlines that offer a non-stop flight to San Francisco from Sydney. Hmmmm. After a flight of about 14 hours, we arrive in San Francisco at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, July ... read more

If you are planning a trip to San Francisco and want to visit Alcatraz, make sure to book your tour tickets in advance. We arrived to San Francisco on Saturday morning and planned to go to Alcatraz the same weekend, however our hotel concierge informed us that tickets were sold out and next availability wasn't until Tuesday (in fact, they often sell out few weeks in advance. We quickly booked a couple tickets for Tuesday afternoon using the official Alcatraz tour website for $30 per person. After booking your tickets, make sure to print them and don't forget to bring them with you. Alcatraz tour boats sail from Pier 33, don’t be late as they leave right on time. If you are driving, give yourself enough time to find parking as there is no parking ... read more

Did a city tour on the hop on hop off bus. Spent time at Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. Walked through the local farmers market and bought some great fresh fruit. Had dinner at an seafood restaurant, Kim had the local specialty - Dungeness Crab. Caught the trolley car back to the hotel.... read more
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Golden Gate Bridge
Trolley car

Crazy Town (aka San Francisco) Thursday Arrived in SF around 4ish and slowly found our way to the Nob Hill Motor Inn ( . Interesting hotel located near Polk St which is a strip that contains numerous eateries, bars and convenience stores. The hotel itself was clean but could do with new carpets etc. Location was excellent as the bus to Fisherman’s wharf was around the corner and a bus that goes direct to AT&T Park went past the front door. So car stayed neatly tucked away in the hotel whilst we rode the Muni (Local Bus service). Went searching for the evening meal, with such a range to choose we picked a little place called Street ( and was pleasantly surprised with good food, wine and a Fig martini which took Gaynor’s fancy. Friday ... read more
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Seismic Device

If you are a true 70's child or a wanna-be long lost Hippy, you need to see this town... Victorian houses, squashed up against each other, so much vibrancy & colour. A city with enormous character & personality...the complete antithesis of Los Angeles, which has none of the above. Did the obligatory tour across the Golden Gate. It was surreal, looking at something in the real that I have grown up looking at only on TV. Alcatraz was amazing. If you ever get here, it's a must. Freezing cold & full of ghosts with famous names..."Machine Gun" Kelly, Robert "The Birdman" Stroud, Al Capone...these guys really did time here. None of them escaped but Clint Eastwood did.... read more

We travelled from Newark airport (in New Jersey) to San Francisco, it was an 8hr flight on a basic plane 'US Airways' (not as nice as our flight from London to New York when we flew with Virgin), but it was an evening flight so we slept most of it. We were a little unorganised at this point and when we arrived in San Francisco at 10.30pm we had to find accommodation. We decided to spend the night in a four star hotel so we could get the rest of our trip organised, it was true luxury and a short shuttle ride from the airport. The hotel "The Dylan" was great, very helpful staff and delicious food. The next day we left the lovely four star hotel to go to San Francisco city, we booked 3 ... read more

My first time setting foot in the USA and it's in the beautiful San Francisco! I stayed with my cousins Sheena and Tricia at Sheena's boyfriend Jeff's house with all his cousins. (Yes- just like Full House, except full of Asians haha) I loved this city for all it's stunning houses (of course- I'm Miss Architect). Row after row of amazingly ornate and colourful and happy town houses. The #1 highlight of the weekend was biking over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Other highlights were the drive down the zig-zagged Lombard Street, a ride on the Cable Car, and eating a lot of good food!... read more
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Biking to the bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is definitely San Francisco's most famous landmark and popular tourist destination. Although Twin Peaks offers an amazing view of this wonder of the modern world, there is nothing like actually crossing this beautiful bridge and experiencing the amazing view for itself. You can cross the bridge 3 different ways: drive through it, ride a bike or walk. Driving: the bridge is about 2 miles long so the drive won’t last too long and perhaps won't give you enough time to apprecite the beauty of the bridge as well as enjoy an amazing view from it. You also have to pay Toll fee (only coming to the city, not leaving) which is about $7 if you prepay online or $10 if you pay afterwards (no cash lanes). Riding a bike: in my opinion, ... read more
The Golden Gate Bridge

This was my first time flying with Frontier Airlines. I signed up for email distribution list on their website ( and in January received notification about a 2 day sale with $49 fares. I live in Houston, TX and they had 3 destinations from my departure city for this price - Phoenix (AZ), Denver (CO) and San Francisco (CA) with multiple dates from February through May. My husband and I quickly decided that we wanted to check out San Francisco and I searched for 2 tickets: although some dates were excluded (if I am not mistaken, blackout dates applied in March during Spring Break and some weekends had slightly higher prices), I was able to find 2 nonstop flights for $49 each way leaving Houston on Saturday morning and coming back on Wednesday afternoon in April. ... read more

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