How this trip came about: We, [Mum, Dad and DD20] decided this year that we wanted to revisit New York and San Francisco again, BA had a sale on, and then the trip then evolved into other places we would like to visit, and in the end we came up, with this trip; NYC 4 nights [3rd visit], Boston 3 nights, Niagara Falls 3 nights [Canadian Side], Cedar Point 2 nights, Chicago 3 nights and San Francisco 5 nights [2nd visit], everywhere else were brand new locations we had never visited before.
Last year, we visited SF on part of a road trip for 4 nights, and didn't get to see everything we wanted, so came back this year! My TR might not be as detailed as I'd like. I stopped writing notes half way through the trip, so this is all from memory and photos all the way back from 7-12 Sept.
Anyway on with the TR....
Wed 7th: Flight out of Midway, Chicago at 7pm with Southwest, we also flew with JetBlue to Buffalo, a quick 1hr flight, and we were very impressed with JetBlue we received free drinks and snacks on board, full size cans as well. The best thing though was the live TV, and you didn’t have to wait to start watching it, only went off while taking off and landing. It was on already when we got on the plane! Seats were comfy too, good enough legroom. Whereas Southwest was 4hr flight, no entertainment what-so-ever; staff wasn’t as friendly or hard working as JetBlue, though we did get free snacks, that we could take as much as we liked. Would definitely choose JetBlue over Southwest.
Didn’t arrive in San Francisco until 10pm, collected luggage and brought 7 day visitor passes from the airport...still cash only at the airport too. Grabbed a taxi into the city, and checked into the Royal Pacific Motor Inn. Well, you guys were right the Pacific isn’t the place you want to spend your holiday on, the pillows were as flat as a pancake and it was dark dingy...that’s what you get for being cheap. So we checked out in the morning, and we didn’t get charge anything additional for checking out early, just paid the night’s stay.
Grabbed a taxi and headed to the Westin on Market St, one of the cheaper options left available on booking soo late, still a lot more than we paid for the Pacific Motor Inn. The check-in lady was very friendly and since we’d travelled such a distance to get here [England, not from Chinatown!], she put us on the 32nd floor, great views out of our floor to ceiling window. Much, much nicer hotel room too :)
Thurs 8th: Anyway we’ve kinda creeped onto the next day, before checking out of the Motor Inn, we grabbed breakfast at Isabella’s not far away, a little quaint cafe, with ok to nice food. We also rode the cable car that morning too, before heading back to the MI to check out, back in Chinatown the place was heaving, the sidewalks were full to the brim with everyone buying their fresh food.
Once checked in at the Westin, we then headed out into the city, the aim if today was to ride all the cable car lines, and visit the cable car museum. Which we managed to ride ALL the lines, both ways [last year we never managed to ride a cable car once!] and we even broke even on our passes that day, [the passes are definitely worth the money if you’re gonna use the cable cars a lot] the museum was interesting cool to see the wheels which run the lines. Riding the cars is soo much fun, you have to stand on the outside going downhill is FUN!
Next we were hungry, and had to have an In-n-Out Burger while in California so headed to Fisherman’s Wharf, but not before checking out the sealions [which there weren’t many compared to the amount we saw last year]. In-n-Out was crazy busy as usual, we ordered some stuff on the secret menu, my Dad’s on a carb-free diet so we got him a protein style double double no cheese [I love how specific you can be], got fries well done [not that, that helped them taste any better, McDonalds fries win hands down, no competition], and of course a chocolate milkshake...delicious.
Ghirardelli’s next for dessert, good as usual. Next we were going to get the cable car up to the top of Lombard St and walk down, but the queue at the turnaround was a expected huge, so we decided to walk it, we’d also ridden the lines both ways anyway. Well Hyde St up to Lombard St is steep! Go to the top of Lombard St, and walked down [last year we drove, so now we’ve done it both way], I’ve heard you can ride a segway down it, that’s the next thing!
After Lombard St, we headed back to the hotel. Dad hit the Gym and Mum and I hit Union Square and did a bit of shopping and stopping off at Super Duper Burger for dinner on the way back, second burger for the day, but good also! Back to our lovely hotel room, and bed.
More to come...