Two must-see sights in San Francisco are the Crookedest Street and Golden Gate Bridge. We ended up taking a cable car to get to the crookedest street in the world. Eight sharp turns and red brick compose this street which was built in 1922. The main reason for designing the street as such was because vehicles at the time were not made to handle such a steep grade, and adding the switchbacks reduces the grade. Be warned, it is a little bit of a climb to reach the street from either direction….We had to walk two blocks uphill from the cable car stop, and we were definitely feeling it! In between all the switchbacks are flower beds which I’m certain are spectacular in the Spring and Summer when all the flowers are in bloom. It was entertaining to watch everyone in cars driving down the street at a snail’s pace. All the drivers looked cautious and concerned while every person in the passenger seat had their cell phone up to record the trip on camera.
After a full day of seeing sights and eating lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp at Fisherman’s Wharf, we topped the day off with a spur of the moment trip to the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset. This iconic bridge is a suspension bridge which spans the Golden Gate strait linking San Francisco Bay with the Pacific Ocean. Construction of the 8,981 foot bridge began in 1933 and ended in 1937 costing $35 million. Until 1964 it was ranked as the longest suspension bridge. We took the city bus directly to a viewing area and enjoyed the picturesque view as the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Walking onto the bridge also gives you a great view of the city and surrounding area. But nothing beats seeing the Golden Gate Bridge cloaked in golden light!