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San Francisco and Oakland waterfront; showing off the Bay Area via public transportation

Historic Ferry Builing, 120 years old!

Historic trollies offer quick transit on the Embarcadero. Historic Ferry Builing, 120 years old! Ferries arriving, departing at SF’s Ferry Building. USS Pampanito in foreground, and Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien, open for tours on Pier 45. Share San Francisco and Oakland waterfront with guests; showing off the Bay Area via public transportation.  You have guests [...]

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San Francisco, Oakland by ferry; exploring the waterfront during the holiday season

Pier 39's colorful tree (photo taken a couple years ago).

A special holiday experience: Touring Jack London Square in Oakland and the San Francisco Embarcadero, by taking the ferry from Jack London to San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building, using public transportation.  Bikes are an option, or travel on foot. It’s a tour of beautiful waterfronts, holiday decorations, unique shopping and the best views in the [...]

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Fall Northern California destinations, far from the maddening crowds!

The Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the attractions on the rugged California coast, above Jenner and Ft. Ross.

If you are like many Californians, you’ve visited the California ocean shore or one of our national parks in the summer and faced monster crowds to reach the beach or the park’s attractions, to find a place to eat and found hotel fees in the stratosphere. Depending on our forecasted El Niño, Northern California often [...]

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San Francisco by bicycle; cycling the wonderous sights along the waterfront

Friend Steve and author Tim on two Brompton folding bikes, with Golden Gate Bridge in distance.

                                                         Our considerable challenge: could four of us bike San  Francisco for several days, avoid hills and traffic and test out a couple new “folding bikes”? We began our San Francisco overnight adventure when we picked up our two friends in Fairoaks, [...]

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Warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area: Part II

The 301' Balclutha, a three-masted, square-rigged schooner dating to the 1880s, and the Eppleton Hall, a steam tug boat, are just two of the many historic ships anchored at the Hyde Street Pier!

The Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround is just a block up the street from the Hyde Street Pier. Here cable cars are turned on a hand-powered turntable and loaded for the trip back up Hyde Street! USS Pamponito, a World War II fleet submarine, sank six Japaneses ships and damaged four others; the sub and [...]

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San Francisco waterfront by bicycle (or, foot, trolley) from AT&T Park to Golden Gate Bridge

The Balclutha, historic 1886 three-masted square-rigged schooner, at Hyde Street Pier.

USS Pampanito, World War II fleet submarine, on display at Fisherman’s Wharf. Cyclist peddles past the Ferry Building, on well-marked bright green bike lane separating her from traffic on the Embarcadeo. Cable car at the foot of Hyde Street, just a block up the hill from the Hyde Street Pier! The Balclutha, historic 1886 three-masted [...]

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