Thursday, August 20, 2009

If You're Going to San Francisco...

It was a long day, but we finally made it to San Francisco after sunset, so our first sight was one of the huge bridges that crosses the bay. I should say-I don't like bridges, at all. My Mom is almost blind at night when it comes to driving, but when you weigh that fact with the idea that I want to close my eyes on bridges....we figured limited sight was better than no sight, so she did the drive over the bridge. There are a lot of bus lanes, and bike lanes, but we maneuvered our way to our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Whitcomb which is near the Convention Center. We didn't book our room until closer to the trip, but this was still a great find, and very affordable (if you can't stay near Fisherman's Wharf, I recommend the hotel). It's been around since 1916, but the rooms are well kept, and the lobby has a fun feel, and lots of fun little quirks. There is also a Starbuck's, and restaurant in the hotel, so no complaints there!

The nice thing is it's at the end of a line of hotels along transportation routes, so we were one of the first people to hop on, and there was usually a seat to be found. I should say at this point-I did find the transportation a little bit LESS easy to maneuver than some cities b/c they have four choices that each go different places. There is the historic F car, the famous Cable Cars, a metro underground/AND above ground, and bus routes. We took them all at one point or another (it was easier than parking in an overpriced city with no spots, regardless of the high cost). They were pretty crowded, and I don't know how parents with small kids maneuver them calmly, BUT they come frequently, and you can get around to all the big sites.