San Francisco, CA
Second day in san francisco, and we boarded a boat embarking on a trip
to Alcatraz Island, home to an old maximum security jail, no longer in
operation today. We almost didn't make it b/c of heavy traffic. If you
visit during peak season make sure to book the Alcatraz trip in advance
and preferably in the early morning (9am) b/c tickets sell out early.
There is a lot of history on this island and upon entering the actual
jail you are given headsets with audio which explains the history of
the jail and what it was to be an inmate and a guard here.
Most known prisoner here, Al Capone. Outside, there are
stunning views of San Francisco
bay area and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA
After this, we took the San Francisco trolley, this was a fund way to
see the different parts of this city, such as Chinatown, and Russian
Hill (most expensive neighborhood with homes priced up to 17mill), Nob
Hill (and italian community), Lombard street, and Downtown shopping
district. Some things we learned, in San Francisco you have to park
your car with the wheels facing outward so that if there's an
earthquake you car doesn't slide and you get ticketed if you don't park
this way. Also, houses have to be repainted every 6 months to a year
and there has to be a 1 inch space b/w all houses. In the afternoon we
drove across the golden gate bridge to Muir Woods, part of the golden
gate recreation area.
I left my keys in front seat of the rental car after I had
locked it, and thank goodness the trunk was still unlocked and I
crawled into retrieve them. Oopsie. In this national park, you can see
some of the big seqoia and redwood trees california is known for. And
boy are they big. To get to the ocean at Muir Woods National Monument
the road is winding and long so you have to take care driving.