The Barbary Coast Trail is an urban walking route that highlights some of the best of San Francisco and would be an excellent half-day immersion experience for visitors to “the City”. Lynnae lived in San Francisco for several years and even she saw places she had never seen before. The trail is about 4 miles long and hits many highlights of the city including Fisherman’s Wharf, the cable cars, Girardelli Square, Pier 39, Union Square, Chinatown, Coit Tower, North Beach, Jackson Square, views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Pyramid, and the Old Mint.
On New Years Day we took BART up to the Powell St. station and grabbed a cable car to the end of the Powell/Hyde line near Girardelli Square. From here it was easy to follow the bronze markers in the sidewalk all the way back to where we started. Along the way we wandered the back alleys of Chinatown and the old landmarks of North Beach. The crowds around the waterfront made for great people-watching but we were glad to leave all that and head south to Telegraph Hill and the wonderful neighborhoods that form the heart of San Francisco. Some photo hightlights:
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