Posted February 12, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Fresh seafood and a great location draw visitors to Fisherman's Wharf. Easily reachable by cable car, the wharf stands minutes from popular attractions like Coit Tower, and a few splashes across the bay from Alcatraz. The boardwalk can't be beat as a jumping off point for popular city tours.
Boudin Bakery: It's doubtful that the Boudin family could have guessed in 1849 that the yeast in the salty San Francisco air would give rise to such a popular bread. However, fast-forward more than 150 years, and people are still addicted to the tart flavor of Boudin's serendipitous sourdough. At the flagship store on the wharf, you can tour the museum and bakery, watch the masters in action, grab a full course meal at the bistro, or enjoy clam chowder in a bread bowl for about $6.
GoCar GPS-Guided Tours: Take the wheel and be in control of your own tour with these nifty yellow convertibles. They may not look like much, but they're equipped with a talking GPS system that helps you navigate through the city streets, and tells stories about the sights along the way. With several guided tours to choose from, and the option to stop for a picnic or to explore the area, there's no better way to get to know San Francisco. The vehicle seats two people and costs $46 for the first hour. Pick up your GoCar at Fisherman's Wharf, but be sure to make reservations in advance.
Golden Gate Hotel: Some hotels are simply a place to rest your head, while others are so comfortable you'll never want to leave. The Golden Gate Hotel makes each guest feel like he or she is in a fairytale, with plush mattresses, hypoallergenic down pillows and comforters, and homemade cookies at tea time. A short cable-car ride from Fisherman's Wharf, this 1913 Edwardian inn has been kept in tip-top shape for 25 years by third-generation innkeepers. Rooms with a shared bath start at $95 per night, and include continental breakfast and afternoon tea.
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(Photo: GoCar Tours)
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