Coast 2 Coast USA: West Coast

It was now time for my final stop of what can be described as a whirlwind adventure around USA. I’d seen the Grand Canyon, been to Broadway in Nashville, watched Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas and walked over Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Now, I was concluding the COAST2COAST FAM trip in San Francisco, California!

We travelled in style from New York to San Francisco! Whilst waiting for our plane at John F Kennedy we enjoyed a buffet and drinks in Delta Sky Club. Then, we were fortunate enough to turn left as we made our way on the plane – we flew in Delta One class where we could relax in the sky in our 180-degree flat-bed seats! As the flight was over 6 hours long, we had more than enough time to lie down and make the most of our beds!

We arrived in San Francisco in the evening. We dropped our bags off at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. This was an excellently located hotel – just a very short walk away from Union Square! We spent the evening getting our bearings by strolling around the streets of Union Square.

The next day, we set off early for our tour of Alcatraz Island! We were all freezing on the ferry over to island – I’d recommend bringing an extra layer due to the cold winds! The island was bigger than I expected. We were all really impressed with the 45 minute audio tour which guided you through the prison cells, area of solitary confinement and the dining hall whilst also telling us all about previous prison escape attempts!

After the tour, we walked to the infamous Fisherman’s Wharf! I thought it had a great atmosphere. There were many small unique shops, music playing and a real old-fashioned seaside feel! We had lunch at the Chart House. This restaurant provides amazing views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge! After lunch, we went to have a quick look at the seals on Pier 39. What a sight! They were mostly all sleeping – and yes, they do smell a little bit!

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on Red and White Fleet’s “Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise”. Like Alcatraz, they also provided an audio tour. This offered commentary of San Francisco’s history, highlights and famous landmarks. Although a little cloudy, we had good enough weather to be able to see the entire Golden Gate Bridge and Oakland Bay Bridge – no fog got in the way!

We spent our final night in San Francisco dining in style! We enjoyed private dining in “The Wine Vault” room at Michelin-starred restaurant, Boulevard. This private room (separate from the main dining area) was perfect for a group. I enjoyed a tuna starter, followed by a steak main!

The next day, we spent our last few hours on an organised urban hike of San Francisco! It was a little bit of a work out after our big meal last night! We started by going up 400 steps to Coit Tower. The narrow streets, really cute houses up in the hills, and fantastic views of San Francisco bay made for a wonderful time. We ended our hike by walking up the infamous winding Lombard Street, before taking an Uber down the street and back to our hotel!

 

And that was the end of my truly incredible time in USA! It was time to head back home to a surprisingly sunny England. It is fair to say I was tired by the end, however I loved every minute. It has definitely given me new ideas of where I’d like to go on my own holidays in the future!

 

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