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As a Bay Area native, I love everything San Francisco, From the City skyline seen from Treasure Island to Great Highway paralleling Ocean Beach, from the ubiquitous summertime fog to the Golden Gate Bridge that you can only see clearly for a couple months a year. I am a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan (even when they're not winning 3 World Series in 5 years), and Journey is, in my opinion, the greatest band ever! I have only left the Bay Area once in my life, when I joined the Army. I spent 6 years stationed in various places, including Texas, Georgia, and Germany. I saw a lot of places, and when it was time for me to get out of the military, I could have lived anywhere. However, back home to San Francisco was all I could think about. I've been with Extranomical Tours since the beginning of 2016, and I love it! I get to share my love for San Francisco with everyone, and I love every minute of it.
Trips Guided by Brad
- 1) Walk down Haight Street - The heart of the hippy revolution and 1967's Summer of Love is still, after all this time, home to some of San Francisco's most colorful characters. You can grab a pint at the Kezar bar, sip coffee at one of the many many many corner coffee shops, or browse for Grateful Dead records at Amoeba. Don't forget to take a picture of the Haight/Ashbury street signs!
- 2) Eat clam chowder out of a sourdough bread bowl at Boudin's - Many places in San Francisco, especially up on the Wharf, claim to be the "original clam chowder bread bowl." Only at Boudin's, another "original," can you not only enjoy your clam chowder the way it was meant to be eaten - in bread, but you can watch them make art out of bread, too! They will make bread into any shape, bake it up, and you've got an edible masterpiece on your hands!
- 3) Walk down the pier in Pacifica, spotting whales - Not something that can be done all year, unfortunately, but if you happen to be in the area in the summer, you're in for a treat! Pacifica has one pier, and you can't miss it. It's long and wide, jutting defiantly out into the torrid Pacific. From the end of the concrete peninsula, you are surrounded by water, and the whales and dolphins are a sight that's hard to beat when they're around!
- 4) Dinner at the Cliff House, overlooking the Ocean - There are a LOT of restaurants in San Francisco, but very few with a view that rivals that of the Cliff House. It sits high on... you guessed it, a cliff, and you can see for miles. On a particularly clear day, you can see the Farralon Islands off in the distance.
- 5) Biking the Golden Gate Bridge - Though it may seem cliché, biking the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the San Francisco Straight is a lot of fun, and good exercise! The bridge is a mile long, and the view is amazing.
- 6) Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Fest - Half Moon Bay, about 30 minutes south of San Francisco, has a few claims to fame. It was first settled by Portuguese, and still has a large population thereof, it is right in the heart of artichoke country... pun intended. But the Pumpkin Fest each October is definitely the most popular. People flock from near and far to taste pumpkin beer, take a picture with the season's "biggest pumpkin" winner, and eat turkey legs that look more like they come directly from a dinosaur instead of a distant evolutionary cousin.
- 7) Walking the San Francisco Bay Trail - The San Francisco Bay Trail is a 500-mile trail that circles the entire bay! Many people have walked the entire thing, camping along the way, but I prefer to stick to my back yard, and just walk from Oyster Point Marina over to Oyster Cove Marina. Years ago, the oyster hunting was pretty good out there at Oyster Point, but they all got fished out, and now the only remnant is the name...
- 8) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! - Free rides, free concerts on the beach, where the days are warm and the nights are long... need I say more?
- 9) Tasting goat cheese in Pescadero - Pescadero, a small town just south of Half Moon Bay, has, among other local attractions, a goat farm, where you can buy goat cheese, goats milk, goat cheesecake... pretty much anything goat. May not sound like much, but since the goats are so social, it doubles as a petting zoo!
- 10) And most importantly, going to a Giants game!! - Don't forget the Gilroy Garlic fries!!