Friday, March 18, 2011

City Tour San Francisco

I am not usually one to do organized city tours as I prefer to make my own way. But the weather forecast for the next few days is not good so I figured this would be a good way to cover a lot of ground and get lots of photo opportunities in a short space of time.
After doing  some research on I chose Dylan’s Cty Tour.
I have to say this was a cool way of doing things and the guide was a lot of fun and very informative. A tour on a mini bus certainly beats a large coach tour. Also doing this early into the trip let me see places I may want to return to.
We were picked up right beside the Cable Car by Union Square. They have a few pickup points around the city. In no time we were on our way. Dylan got everyone introduced so there was a nice friendly atmosphere on the bus.
Mike San Francisco 2011 Day 1
We drove through several neighborhoods on our way to Twin Peaks. We drove through The Tenderloin, The Mission District and Castro. We were able to stop and take some pictures in The Mission. This is a snapshot of some of the murals we seen  along the way to Twin Peaks.  Our Driver Dylan told us the history of each neighborhood  as we went.
We then went to Twin Peaks which a great panoramic view of the city. Unfortunately  it was a little overcast but the view is great.
Mike San Francisco 2011 Day 11
Then we headed to the Haight and Ashbury neighborhood.  The neighborhood was were the hippy movement was founded but is now the home  cool eclectic stores. We seen the homes where Janice Joblin and The Grateful Dead once lived.
Next we had a quick stop on Alamo Square to take some photos of Postcard Row.
Mike San Francisco 2011 Day 12
Then we took a look at how the other half live on “Billionaires Row” in Pacific Heights.
We drove through The Presidio and had a stop at The Palace of Fine Arts.
Our next photo stop was Crissy Field for another view of The Golden Gate Bridge. And then off to Muir Woods.
Mike San Francisco 2011 Day 13
Muir Woods is difficult to photograph as it is hard to show just how tall these trees are.
We then had a scenic drive to Sausalito. This shot was taken out the window while moving but you get  the idea how nice it is

Sausalito is a cute little art town with lots of galleries and interesting stores. I  was most fascinated by this guy stacking rocks. He just finds where the center of gravity is and creates these. You would think he used glue but it is just balance.
We had the option to travel back to San Francisco on the bus but decided to use the ferry instead,
Mike San Francisco 2011 Day 14
All in all it was a great day and I would recommend it as a good intro to the city.
Check out Dylan's tour  here.