While getting there by car or cable car can still be irksome, it is now easier to tour once you've arrived. Try a less tiring way to indulge in the Wharfside, ride around by horse-drawn carriage, pedicab, or motorized cable car, or see it from the water's edge in a small boat.
This spot has its own particular brand of energy, which is a blend of tourist excitement, a burly maritime heritage and a pulsating West Coast welcome. Enjoy crabs and clam chowder, cruise the Bay and sail to Alcatraz Island. Shop for souvenir t-shirts, soak in the temperate sunshine or marvel at the fog as it rolls in across the water. Ride in a six-passenger horse-drawn carriage and go west to Ghirardelli Square, south as far as the Hyatt Regency, or on into North Beach. Enjoy adjacent Hyde Street Pier, where the tall ship Balclutha and other historic ships are docked.
In winters, the sea lions show up on the docks and quayside. See them basking languidly near the water's edge. Catch them twirling, diving, barking excitedly as if the whole world is their audience.
While you are there, eat at Scomas (415-771-4383). Try their fabulous pasta and grilled fish. They are reputed for their sumptuous portions and are a touristy spot. If you feel like unwinding at a nice bar, just walk into Bimbos 365 Club.
There are numerous hotels near Fisherman's Wharf, because it is the number one tourist hangout in San Francisco. Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf is a nice luxurious spot for your stay in this neighborhood.
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Ghirardelli Square to Pier 39
San Francisco, CA