We woke up in a Japantown hotel after arriving to San Francisco late on Monday night. Knowing we had less than a day in this amazing town by the bay, we plotted out our day to give our children the best of San Francisco in a very short amount of time. I am happy to tell you that I am confident that we gave them the best day we possibly could have. So….here it is….the way to make the most out of 4 hours in San Fran.
1. Because we were in Japantown, we spent 1 hour shopping in the Japan Center Mall (http://sfjapantown.org/) for souvenirs. The kids loved all of the Japanese-cultured gifts and treats. Our hotel, The Hotel Tomo, was clean, inexpensive and well located: http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/sanfrancisco/tomo/
2. Next, we drove to the “crookedest street”…. Lombard Street. The kids were thrilled driving down it and stopping for some photos. Here’s a website with all the info you’ll need for a visit there: http://www.sftravel.com/lomabardcrookedstreet.html
3. Before arriving to San Francisco, we had been watching YouTube videos of the city and discovered “Laughing Sally” at the Musee Mecanique (Mechanical Museum) at Pier 45 in Fisherman’s Wharf. My daughter was dying to see her, and the stop was a highlight. Here’s a link to the museum: http://www.museemechanique.org/3.html
4. Fisherman’s Wharf was also the perfect stop for lunch. Clam chowder at the #9 Fisherman’s Grotto restaurant hit the spot. Website: http://www.fishermensgrotto.com/
5. Finally, no visit to San Francisco would be complete without stopping at the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a perfect day for it, and my kids loved walking on this famous and beautiful bridge high above the bay. Website for info to walk across the bridge: http://goldengatebridge.org/bikesbridge/bikes.php
Here are a few photos of our adventures:
It was a perfect day, and San Francisco will always be a very special spot for my family. That is why my song of the day is Tony Bennett singing, ” I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Click HERE to hear a timeless classic about a very classy city. San Francisco, you will always own a little piece of my heart. My family loves you!