Having packed in so much the day before, we decided to take our second day of sightseeing in San Francisco at a slightly slower pace. First taking advantage of the central location of our hotel to pop into a few shops and then riding the cable car over the hill to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Everyone I had spoken to prior to our trip said that visiting Alcatraz Island was a must while sightseeing in San Francisco, so after lunch we boarded the boat to the former federal penitentiary. The queues were pretty long despite it being mid-week and outside the school holidays so booking in advance is a must for this attraction.
Not normally one for an audio tour, I decided to give the one at Alcatraz a chance given that it has won numerous awards. It was definitely among the better of the audio tours I have listened to – I enjoyed the first-hand accounts and stories given by former prisoners and guards, however given my propensity for taking things at a somewhat speedy pace I found it hard to relinquish control of my route and pace around the prison to an electronic device.
I wish I had more time to soak up the view of the city but after a relaxed morning, we didn’t have as much time as we thought!
And even though I didn’t feel like we’d had enough time to really take in Alcatraz, it definitely provided food for thought as we sat on the F-Line street car back towards our hotel from the right side of the water…
San Francisco is one of those cities I love – there are so many different areas, all of which seem to hold something unique and have a different atmosphere. We didn’t even make it to the Haights, Hayes Valley or Japantown, to name a few, so I guess San Francisco will just have to go onto my ever-growing list of places to return to!