Best of the West - Day 2 - San Francisco - Hop on, Hop off Tour

After having the best blueberry pancakes for breakfast at the Hollywood Diner on Northpoint Street, we walked up towards the wharf to catch the ‘Hop On Hop Off’ bus tour. Tickets were about $30 each, which may seem expensive, but was well worth it taking into account the length of the tour, the quality of the tour guide and the range of places we visited.

We sat on the upper, open, deck, at the front which gave us the best views - not interrupted by windows, and good for photographs. We first got off at Union Square - the centre for shopping - and spent an hour or so looking in the shops there, notably the Levi store and Niketown.

When we reboarded the bus, there was a different tour guide who was hilarious, as well as being hugely informative. We drove through the Tenderloin district (best avoided at night!), Haight Ashbury (arty/hippy), past Mrs Doubtfire’s house, the Town Hall where Harvey Milk was shot, then across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was pretty misty and windy, but still awe inspiring at its sheer size.

We were recommended to take a look around the Palace of Arts on our return journey, which was well worth the stop, then ended back up at Fisherman’s Wharf. We really felt that we had seen the best bits of San Francisco, without the hassle of driving around, getting lost, or looking for parking. Really good if you have a longer stay, as you can then decide what areas you would like to spend more time in.