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SF – Cable Car, Don..Don..Don…

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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 –...

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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...

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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...

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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:...

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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…

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YNP – roaring Bridalveil Fall

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We were going to explore these 2 easy hiking trails Bridalveil Fall: 0.5 miles round trip, 20 minutes. In the afternoon, you may see rainbows in the spray. Starts from the parking area along Southside Drive. Lower Yosemite Fall: 1 mile round trip, 20 minutes. Use the shuttle bus to get to the trailhead. You can see both falls from there. The trail goes to the base of the lower falls. Begin at the Bridalveil Fall parking area. A paved trail leads from the parking area to the base of this waterfall, which flows year-round. Walk back to the parking area via the same trail. Expect lots of spray...

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