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USA
(West Coast)
(27 Jul 2012 - 19 Aug 2012)

Day 4

San Francisco (30 Jul 2012)

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We’re visiting the Alcatraz Island (The most infamous prison) this morning. Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island is a must-see attraction for any visitor to San Francisco. No longer housing prisoners, it is now managed by the National Park Service (www.nps.gov/alca).

You should book the Alcatraz Island tour from the official website (http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/). Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions and tours that frequently sell out. So be sure to buy tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.

We would recommend going on the first tour of the day as it would be less crowded. The boat ride takes about 15 mins and once you are on the island, you will be greeted by a park ranger who gives instructions and information on how to best proceed with the visit.

Walk to the cell block on top of the island where they would give you a player and headset that will guide you trough the cell block. The Cellhouse Audio Tour is very informative, very well narrated and interesting.

Done with Alcatraz Island and back to Fisherman’s Wharf. We are now on a mission to savour the In-N-Out Burger for those who didn’t get the wristband for the 300 burgers. (SINGAPORE – In a test case, popular American burger joint In-N-Out saw 300 burgers sold out in just mins)
Our Verdict : Absolutely heavenly! The beef patties were sooooooooooo juicy and the sauces seeped through the paper wrap. Fries are freshly made in store and cooked when ordered. So you need to wait a bit longer when compared with other fast food chains.

After lunch, we proceeded to the Cable Car Museum (http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/) near Chinatown. Cable Cars in San Francisco is a world known iconic sight and best of all, admission is FREE! We enjoyed reading the history and finding out how the cars are operated and maintained.

We walked to Chinatown and visited the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, Chinese Telephone Exchange (now East West Bank) and the famous Chinatown Dragon Gate… San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia as well as the oldest Chinatown in North America.

From Chinatown, we headed to Union Square. There’s nothing much including Macys. Chanced upon these 3 fellows and once again, we did the See/Speak/Hear No Evil stunt.

Our last stop for the day is the San Francisco City Hall/Civic Center. Beautiful architecture with a great open plan square directly in front.

That ends our tour for San Francisco… Las Vegas here we come! :D



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