We spent Tuesday sight-seeing in San Francisco. It all started with a Duck tour.
The captain told us to blow our wacky quackers at everybody we passed; Raine took it to heart and was quacking just about the entire time we drove through the streets!
We passed all the must-see landmarks in town and our driver had all sorts of interesting stories about them. It was a really fun way to see the city — weaving through traffic in our big ‘ole amphibious vehicle! Here is a random assortment of photos from the tour:
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Two America’s Cup boats out for a practice run in the bay
Dewey Monument in Union Square
AT&T Park from McCovey Cove
Raine took a turn driving the “boat” around a couple giant ships.
After our tour we had lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf and then continued down Jefferson St.
We walked out the Hyde Street Pier to see the ships at the National Park.
Then for the real reason we came to San Francisco!
Our tour captain told us how to make the most of our visit to Ghirardelli Square by visiting each of the stores, thus maximizing the number of free squares you receive — brilliant!! We stopped for a little ice cream too.
What a tasty place!
After satisfying our need for chocolate, we headed back down to Pier 39.
First stop: the sea lions.
Carter loved watching the sea lions play “King of the Mountain” and push each other into the water.
Next stop: the carousel.
We took in the view from the end of the pier . . .
. . . and played on the hitching posts until Carter fell asleep.
Daddy carried Carter as he snoozed through our souvenir shopping. Then, we made our way back to the car, via the Boudin bakery. We decided to drive to a few more sights; the first destination was Lombard Street. As our tour captain said, this street used to be the most crooked street in America, however, it was recently surpassed by Wall Street!! Ha ha ha!
Next we headed up Telegraph Hill to the Coit Tower. Here is a view of Lombard St from the top of the hill.
Raine in front of Coit Tower
Alcatraz from Telegraph Hill
Wednesday we packed up, played some ball at the hotel, and flew home.
What a GREAT vacation!