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SF – Cable Car, Don..Don..Don…

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Blog, San Francisco | Comments Off on SF – Cable Car, Don..Don..Don…

In 1873, Andrew Hallidie rode the San Francisco cable cars down Clay Street. The San Francisco Cable Car system is the last working system of its kind in the world. The cable cars move by gripping an underground cable that is in constant motion, powered by an engine located in a central powerhouse. The “grip man” on board the cable car is responsible for operating the grip and ringing the bell. The cable cars must be turned around because they only have one grip end with which to grab the cable. There are only three cable car lines – Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, California Street – that operate roughly every ten minutes in San Francisco. * Fees: Tickets can be purchased at turnarounds or from the conductor as you board. Adult & Youth (ages 5-17): $3.00 each way. Senior (ages 65+) & Disabled: $3.00 each way ($1.00 9pm-7am). Passportsare perfect for visitors to the city, and allow riding on streetcars, buses, and cable cars. One Day: $9.00. Three Days: $15.00. Seven Days: $20.00. FastPassesallow monthly unlimited riding for cable cars, streetcars, buses, and BART (within SF). Adult (ages 18-64): $45.00. Youth (ages 5-17): $10.00. Senior (ages 65+) and Disabled: $10.00 * Schedules: The cable cars run seven days a week from about 6:00 a.m. to about 1:00 a.m Official Website  There are two fleets of cable cars in San Francisco. Do you know what are the differences between them?You can board cable cars at the turnarounds or anywhere you see a brown-and-white Cable Car Stop sign. They do not stop where the signs say not to board.If you are boarding from a stop, wait on the sidewalk and wave to alert the gripman to stop. Wait for the car to come to a complete stop and board from either side.To get off, just yell “next stop, please” about a block before you want to get off. There are turntables at the three terminals served by the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines, and these two lines are served by a common fleet of single-ended cable cars.   If you are boarding from the a cable car stop and not at the end of a line, please use the following etiquette: Please wait on the sidewalk and wave to alert the gripman to stop. Do not board the car while it is moving, wait for it to come to a complete stop. You can enter on either side of the car. You can board a cable car if there is sufficient space. Don’t forget that you can “hang on” to the special poles provided on the outside of the car. If you choose to ride this way, pay close attention to the gripman as he will alert you to any potential hazards along the route....

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Chocolate Factory & The Cannery

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Ghirardelli Square was built at the turn of the century as a expansion of the Ghirardelli chocolate factory. It was declared an official city landmark in 1965 and has been granted National Historic Register status. Address: Ghirardelli Square 900 North Point #52 San Francisco, California 94109 Hours of operation: 10AM-11PM Official website Ghirardelli was founded in 1852 by Domingo Ghirardelli, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. has been creating top shelf chocolates enjoyed all over the world for more than 150 years.     THE CANNERY is one of San Francisco’s most treasured places, and originally built in 1907 as a canning plant for vegetables and fruits. Its original owners was the California Fruit Company which later became Del Monte. One of the few large areas that escaped complete destruction in the San Francisco Earthquake, the Cannery was operated by Del Monte until 1937. Renovated in the late 1960s, the Cannery is now an historic landmark with more than 30 shops. It was once the largest peach cannery in the world. Today, THE CANNERY at Del Monte Square is a vibrant waterfront marketplace featuring one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, offices, live entertainment, and a world-class jazz club. Address: 2801 Leavenworth St.Mezzanine Level, San Francisco, CA 94133 Hours of operation: Daily: 10AM – 6PM, Sunday: 11AM-5PM Official website The brick warehouse was converted into three levels of winding walkways, balconies and bridges surrounding an inviting courtyard with 130 year-old olive trees and several outdoor...

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SF – The Palace of Fine Arts

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In playing host to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, The Fair, which opened on February 20, 1915, San Francisco was honoring the discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the completion of the Panama Canal; it was also celebrating its own resurrection after the shattering earthquake and fire of 1906. The task of creating a Palace of Fine Arts for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition fell to the architect Bernard R. Maybeck. The hall itself covered some three acres of ground and was supported by unusually strong structural beams. The essentially Corinthian colonnade was framed in wood and then covered with staff, a mixture of plaster and burlap-type fiber. Location: 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 Hours of operation: Mon-Sun 6AM-9PM Ticket: Free Official...

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Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier39 & Alcatraz Island

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Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most popular destination. A long coastal row of seafood restaurants, street vendors, and souvenir stores is combined with a major fishing pier. The Wharf is a GOOD place to take tourists, because of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, and the Wax Museum, Ghirardeli Square, the sea lions, the clam chowder in a bread bowl, sidewalk entertainers, and the souvenirs. Location: At Jefferson Street between Powell and Hyde Hours of operation: Open daily Visitor Center: It is located on the second level of PIER 39 at Beach Street and the Embarcadero. Parking: It is difficult in The Wharf with its limited hourly spots. On the street, pay attention to the signs and curb colors. Curb wheels on hills – wheels into the curb when parking downhill and out for uphill. Pedestrians and Cable Cars have the right of way. Official Website   Fisherman’s Wharf is known for its fresh seafood. Stroll along the Wharf and grab clam chowder in a bread bowl for lunch or sit down to a gourmet dinner.   Taste the true flavor of San Francisco. Seafood, fresh from the sea and perfectly prepared.   Dungeness crabs are in season from November through June. When you buy a crab from one of the stalls, ask for “fresh” crab, and you’ll get one cooked up just for you. These vendors also offer “take away” shrimp cocktails, calamari salad and other dishes. Maritime Museum: The Maritime Museum is housed in an historic art deco “streamline moderne” structure resembling a cruise ship. The museum features ship models, authentic figureheads, paintings and artifacts from life at sea. Permanent exhibitions include a history of West Coast steam navigation, unique WPA murals and WPA murals depicting an artistic interpretation of Atlantis. Location: at the foot of Polk Street Hours of operation:10AM-5PM Official Website1 Official Website2 The Grand Tour in a Waterfront Carriage is an unforgettable experience. Grand Tour: Location: at Pier 41 -Fisherman’s Wharf – across the street from the Blue and Gold Fleet Marine Terminal Building. Hours of operation: 1PM-9PM Duration: 40 minutes Fees: $75 per ride maximum passengers per ride: 6 passengers Book Reservcation   PIER 39 is located on the northernmost point of the San Francisco peninsula providing visitors with picture postcard views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, the San Francisco Bay and the City skyline. Telescopes are placed along the location’s perimeter road for viewing the sights. Watch for the special Kodak “Picture Spots” located throughout the PIER. PIER 39 is the “Best Place to People Watch” as voted by the San Francisco Chronicle’s Readers’ Choice competition. Location: Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133 Hours of operation: Click here Events: Click here Official Website Pier 39PIER 39 is a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 11 full-service restaurants with bay views and numerous fun-filled attractions. The two-level design showcases one of San Francisco’s most unique shopping districts, featuring everything from high fashion leathers to jewelry and imported chocolates. Activities and fun are endless....

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Exploring the YNP

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After a four hour drive on Highway 120 from the San Francisco area, we finally arrived the Yosemite National Park. Here we are, Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. We are excited to explore the waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more…After a four hour drive on Highway 120 from the San Francisco area, we finally arrived the Yosemite National Park.

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