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On October 20, 2019, I was at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, USA.
We disembarked from our Alcatraz Island cruise, and headed toward Fisherman’s Wharf for the next stop on our tour of San Francisco.
This neighbourhood encompasses the northern waterfront area, from Ghirardelli Square east to Pier 35 at Kearny Street. Fisherman’s Wharf gets its name from the city’s early days of the mid to late 1800s when Italian immigrant fishermen arrived to take advantage of the population boom associated with the Gold Rush. The wharf remains the centre of operations for San Francisco’s fishing fleet, although much of it has been redeveloped into a tourist attraction since the 1970s.
At Pier 39, you can find a large colony of California sea lions that started to haul out there in 1989. As of 2017, an estimated 150 to 600 seals were counted around the pier. Their numbers have ranged as high as 1,700 back in 2009, fluctuating depending on the nearby food supply.
Although we were surrounded by options for seafood, nothing caught our eye, so we had lunch at In-N-Out Burger instead. After all, this is always a mandatory stop when we’re out on the west coast of the US.
After lunch, we hopped onto the bus toward The Presidio park for our final touristy excursion of the day — to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Constructed in 1937, this impressive bridge spans the one mile wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, carrying US Route 101 and California State Route 1 from the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County. It is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of California, declared a Wonder of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The bridge is often obscured by thick fog, but we were lucky to enjoy clear skies on our visit.
This wraps up my recap of our time in San Francisco. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along!