You can also check out our video from San Francisco on YouTube: Kluma
Fly to America!
San Francisco is the northern leg of our California road trip and was also our starting point. We had to catch an internal flight from Los Angeles LAX airport to San Francisco.
We stayed at a dated but comfortable hotel called Hotel Whitcomb on Market Street. The area itself was not the best but it was only a 15 minute walk to Union Square.
On the Friday we arrived, we had been up since about 5.30am and travelled over 5000 miles and then jumped 8 hours ahead to the local time in America. Having been awake for over 25 hours, we grabbed a bite to eat and went straight to sleep!
Union Square, Cable Cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Lombard Street, Cable Car Museum, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park.
Following a hearty American breakfast at a brilliant local called Dotties, we walked to Union Square where we started our own tour of the city.
We caught the historical cable cars from Union Square and travelled all the way on the green line over to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to see the sea lions. From here, we also got a glimpse of the infamous Alcatraz Island. An unexpected find was the Musée Mécanique with old-fashioned arcade games.
Ben was then convinced we should hire some electric scooters for the journey back into the city to see Lombard Street and the Cable Car museum. And I have to admit, the electric scooters were fun!
These are the massive cables that run the four cable car lines all around the city! A historical engineering wonder!
We then caught a tram over to the trendy streets of Haight-Ashbury and strolled through Golden Gate Park.
To round up day one, we ate an incredible bbq dinner that, three days later, I am still talking about!
Collect Hire Car, Fort Point and Golden Gate Bridge, Six Flags Discovery Theme park, Financial District, Mrs Doubtfire’s House.
We started by collecting our hire car which would eventually lead us all the way over to Las Vegas by the end of the trip. We headed straight to Fort Point to get a view of Golden Gate Bridge before driving over it.
For those that know us, we like theme parks, especially Ben. So this trip has been organised around some essential coaster credit. First theme park: Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
In the evening, we drove back to the city through the financial district and has a sneaky stop off at Steiner Street (aka Mrs Doubtfire’s house).
We had also planned to get some night sky shots of the city from Twin Peaks but it was so foggy that we couldn’t see anything from the top!
Twin Peaks, Silicon Valley, Drive to Highway 1.
After refuelling for breakfast as Mel’s Diner we headed back up Twin Peaks and boy, we were so glad we did!
It was time for us to say goodbye to the city and head towards our next destination – Los Angeles – along the world-famous and scenic route, Highway 1.But first, a stop through Silicon Valley to spot the Head Quarters of Apple, Facebook, Instagram and more!
We then found Steve Job’s house where he designed the first Apple computer.
Then we hit the road with a few iconic stops along the way. Read about our beach drive to Highway 1 here.