My fascination for San Francisco began a long time ago when I first heard Tony Bennett crooning inside our living room as my parents slow danced to his eternally romantic song; I left my heart in San Francisco. His baritone voice wafted through the house like a dream that would transport me to the city – its golden sun shining bright on my face as I rode through town in their little cable cars. I would get lost in this dream until the song ended and every time it did, I would make a vow that when I grow up, I too, would leave my heart in San Francisco.
So on my 31ist birthday I went on a solo trip and ticked off a life-long dream to explore the illustrous foggy city and it was better that I imagined. On my first trip, I decided to stay in a boutique hotel near Union Square where locals and tourists love to wine and dine. Here shoppers can enjoy the local scenery while enjoying some of the activities that the city has to offer – from taking photos near the famed hearts in Union Square park to splurging on high-end retail items along Maiden Lane.
One of the best purchases I also made was to go on a Segway tour . It was unlike any other experience I’ve ever had. I got to enjoy the most popular sights of San Francisco in the most unique and memorable way in just one day! If you are pressed for time and have a limited budget, I would definitely recommend getting their “See All” tour package. You’ll get to visit a plethora of locations and only for a price of a song. The itinerary includes visiting the Fisherman’s Wharf, getting a spectacular view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Alcatraz islands as well as enjoying the sweet delights of Ghirardelli Square while enjoying the cool breeze of the city while gliding on your own Segway. It is definitely worth the few extra dollars.
If you have more time, be sure to also visit Lombard Street which is known as the world’s most crooked street. It’s a favorite among tourists who love to take photos of the quirky hill. If you’re a fan of selfies, you’ll definitely get a kick out of Lombard. Be sure to also check out the Coit Tower which was built to honor the city’s firefighters. For a minimal fee, you can actually climb up the tower to get the best view of the bay and its surrounding bridges.
What I also love about San Francisco is how it seamlessly blends history, progress and art through its architecture. From the imposing sky scrapers and jaw-dropping bridges to the quaint and lovely Painted Ladies located at Haynes and Steiner streets – there is just so much to see, taste and feel in this city that it’s no surprise why people like me and Tony Benett leave our hearts in it.