For the final leg of our California vacation, we flew from Los Angeles to San Francisco. In San Francisco is where we spent the remaining three days of our trip. We arrived into San Francisco around 3:30 in the afternoon, and then had to take a 45 minute train ride into the city. This put us getting to the hotel around 4:30. Here are a few shots of our walk from the train station to the hotel.
We started by checking into our hotel at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District. Let me warn you, if you are going to San Francisco, it is an expensive town! Our hotel had 27 floors! We were on the 9th. The room had a neat layout, with a desk overlooking the city.
I think this is the most elevator buttons I have ever seen in a hotel elevator!
After checking into the hotel, we walked about a mile down Columbus Street to Fisherman’s Wharf, where we had dinner at Boudin’s Sourdough. This place was recommended by our friend Sean in Los Angeles, and it was an excellent recommendation. The food was great and the view of Alcatraz and the harbor was amazing. They are known for their sourdough bread. You could get bowls of soup in sourdough, but I had to try the sourdough burger and it was great. Jennifer went with the fish and chips which were also great. Highly recommend!
After four days at Disneyland and a day and a half in San Diego, we boarded Amtrak and headed north to Los Angeles. For the next two and a half day of our trip to California, we spent touring Los Angeles (Sept. 3rd – 5th). Because we have friends in LA, we were feeling a little more comfortable about the sight seeing. Our friends, Sean and Scott, picked us up at the Union Station train station, and we immediately hit the ground running!
First stop, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Now when I sent Sean the list of places we would like to visit, many of them had a notation that we only needed a picture of the sight, no touring needed (either too pricey for the tour, or not that interested in a more detailed view). Well this was a surprise! The Walt Disney Concert Hall was open for free tours on the day we were there. Yes, Please! What an amazing architectural and acoustical palace. Both inside and out there are architectural feats that make you say Wow! How did they do that? Here is a slideshow of pictures from the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
From the top levels of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, we had a great view of the Los Angeles area. We could see the Hollywood sign (don’t worry, we will get closer!) and Dodger Stadium. In this picture, in the distance, is Dodger Stadium.