Sunday, September 22, 2013

Looking Back: San Francisco, CA with kids - The Bus Tour

One of our favorite things to do as a family when we travel to a new city is take a red double decker bus tour. It's a great way to see all the top sights in a relatively short amount of time. You can then hop off and explore what attractions interest you and then hop back on again. The guides are knowledgable and usually share little factoids along the way. Sometimes you get lucky with a guide that really enjoys his/her job and gives a humorous commentary!

On our third day in the city we took the double decker bus tour, beginning in Union Square. We stayed on the bus for the first duration, as once we got the coveted upper deck seats we knew we may not be so lucky once got back on. We got to see all of the top sights and learn along the way. One thing we learned is that the famous Lombard Street is actually not the crookedest street in San Francisco, as it is often claimed; rather that title belongs to Vermont Street, which numerous guides mentioned is not in a good area of town. So we were fine with climbing Lombard and pretending we were in fact on the crookedest street in the city for the time being.

View from the top of Lombard street and trio at the bottom, before the strenuous climb!

We had plans to bike or walk across the Golden Gate bridge, but it had been too windy to comfortably do so. Instead we went for a quick ride over it on the bus!

Crossing the beautiful Golden Gate

We ended our tour at Fisherman's Wharf and decided to take a cable car back to the hotel, being part of the quintessential San Francisco experience. I will admit, this ride wasn't all that fun. The kids and I had to ride inside while my husband luckily got to hang on the outside. We had to hang on tight so we wouldn't land on our fellow passengers. Even though the ride was anything but relaxing, the operator worked very hard, doing all the "driving" manually inside, and it's one of those things you just have to do in the city.

Kids on a Cable Car

With our third day in the city done, we had one day left in the city: Off to the Exploratorium!

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