Please take note, my camera's date was funky so alot of the pictures are under days they shouldn't be! Oops!
Way too many pictures to post all of them here so just go to the link and look around at the pictures, they may be in the wrong order somewhat but some of them are hilarious.
Woke up extremely early to get to the airport, only to be delayed an hour due to SF weather. In fact, the flight before us had been cancelled!
Finally got to SFO around 1:30 and to our hotel by 2. Supershuttle has amazing service btw, I definetely recommend them. We stayed at The Wharf Inn, it's not a well known hotel but it's right across the street from Pier 39 practically, you can see the water from your balcony. It's well priced and the rooms are great.
We spent the day running around like mad. We went to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co and I had fish and chips for the first time (mmm!). Went to the Aquarium of the Bay which was alright but so much smaller than aquariums I've been to. Went to the Wax Museum as well. Took a cable car to Union Square and shopped at H&M. Then we went into the Westfield mall and had dinner before riding the cable car back to the hotel to get some much needed sleep!
Woke up around 9am and enjoyed the breeze on our balcony during breakfast. We then went to catch one of the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruises. It was a 45 minute tour of the bay which gave great views of the city, wrapped around Alcatraz, and went underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Afterwards we caught lunch at Rainforest Cafe, this one was amazing! 3 floors and one was all underwater themed with coral and a water type ceiling. Afterwards we ran off to the Exploratorium and Palace of the Fine Arts by taking a bus. Great science museum with alot of unique exhibits, including one that tested your mind by having a drinking fountain on a toilet!
We then headed back to Union Square since we hadn't fully shopped around it. We also went back to the mall to visit everything there. The Disney store was amazing! We also chanced upon some of the mailboxes decorated as R2D2.
Woke up extra early to rush off to Alcatraz! I loved the whole experience, the free audio tour is really quite nice and everything is easily set up so you can tour without a guide. There was even an old inmate there who I got to meet because he'd written a book and was signing copies.
Afterwards we met up with my friend's dad who was in the area to work at a convention. He had a rental car (we didn't!) so he offered to drive us around to places hard to reach by bus/cable car. He drove us to Lombard street which he ended up driving down, totally awesome. We also went driving on the Golden Gate Bridge and ended up driving up the Marin Headlands, totally picturesque and awesome. He also drove us around where the Giants play and showed us alot of the residential areas with the cool houses. We had dinner at Pier 39 and shopped around the wharf for tourist stuff.
Packed our things, checked out, and put our luggage in friend's dad's hotel room. Then we ran off to the California Academy of Sciences. Totally not worth all of the walking we did to get to it. It's in a temporary location so there was almost nothing there. No planetarium, no anthropologic stuff, hardly any aquarium.. we were upset we wasted time on that instead of going to Haight/Ashbury. Afterwards we went to the really cool cable car museum which I loved since I fell in love with the Powell-Mason car.
Then we went to the Japanese part of SF complete with cherry blossoms and street signs in Japanese. There was also a mall with two stories of everything from Japan! I was in paradise.
Thus ended our trip really. We took a bus back to Pier 39 and hung out there followed by a nap in dad's friend's hotel. Then we got picked up by Supershuttle and went through an hour of rush hour biting our nails hoping not to miss our plane. We got on the plane and I cried because I didn't wanna go home.
I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO!