Today, I am going to start on the series about road trips along East Coast of US. Self-driving on the roads from days to days is probably the best way to see this part of the country. We’ve been able to see many breath-taking sceneries, drive on some of the most beautiful roads in the world and experience activities that leave deep impressions in us for the rest of our lives.
The road trip started and also ended in San Francisco – the City of Love. Here is the overview of our loop trip.
Day 1: San Francisco
What’s there to do in San Francisco? Have you ever been to a tourist place that you don’t feel the need to waste money on touristy activities but at the same time feel the inevitable regret if you don’t do those things? Well, San Francisco might be one of those places. If you are a fan of big cities, you’ll love San Francisco. If you are more into nature and free activities like us, fortunately, there are still some for you to explore. One thing to take note is parking is super expensive. We paid $20 for 2 hrs parking near to Pier 39. It’s better if there’s public transport connecting from your hotel to the harbor area.
First and foremost, visit the harbor area and the famous pier 39 to enjoy the weather, a cup of coffee, a snack or simply just people watch.
Next, take the Alcatraz tour from the harbor. Remember to book in advance at least 1 day. So, what is Alcatraz and what is there for you in this tour? Alcatraz – the Rock- is the famous “prison” which used to “house” some of the most notorious criminals including the God Father Al Capone. It is rumored that no-one was known to escape Alcatraz alive. The prison is of course no longer in use and now converted to a tourist destination. Alcatraz Island offers a view of San Francisco city from the other bank. If you are not into history or museum kinda stuff, you can skip this tour and opt for a Golden Gate boat tour which will bring you up closed to the famous bridge for some photo opportunities.
And then of course drive to see the iconic Golden Gate. This is probably the most photographed bridge in the world and it is not even golden. There’s even a detailed guide in Lonely Planet to tell you the best 10 places to view this… bridge. Here
Next, locate Lombard street on your GPS to experience driving through the most interesting crooked lane in the world! On your way there, enjoy driving on some of the stiffest roads which are also San Francisco’s signatures. Remember to shift to 1st gear hehehe.
Finally, wrap up a day with delicious seafood dinner at Thang Long restaurant by orderring their signature dish “garlic butter crab with fried noodle”. The dish is so tasty, buttery, creamy and fragrant with fried garlic. I’ve never tasted fried crab done so good! Okie, I’m starting to drool thinking of it now.
To be continued…