Waking up early in the morning from the noises in the nearby room is not the most pleasant experience on your holiday, but it is quite a small thing considering how much we have saved staying in this place 5 minutes walk to the beach and with breakfast included. We ate our cinnamon rolls and super sugary juice drinks, packed our suitcases to our what used to be white, but now grey jeep and left to San Francisco. It is just over an hour drive from Santa Cruz, but be prepared for the crazy traffic, so if you don’t switch your lane on time, or just miss your turn, your journey to the hotel/motel will take considerably longer. We have stayed at San Francisco Inn Motel, which was one of the cheapest options that I could find, with a “walkable” distance to the piers and wharf. Please note San Francisco is very hilly so you will have to be somewhat fit to comfortably walk around.
Alcatraz: This famous prison was a place that we wanted to visit/see the most, therefore we just left our car at the motel and headed towards Pier 33 where you can get tickets and catch a ferry to Alcatraz Island. I highly recommend getting an Audio tour, as you still have a freedom of exploring the prison on your own, while listening to all the fascinating stories about prison regime, prisoners and great escapes.
Fisherman’s Wharf: Walking around Alcatraz for 3 hours exhausted us quite a bit, so we headed to the Fisherman’s Walk to find a place to grab lunch. This place is full of tourist attractions, restaurants & street food as well as bars.
Cable Cars: One more thing to tick of the San Francisco to do list. San Francisco cable cars are world’s last manually controlled cable car system. There are only 3 lines left, therefore this became more of the tourist attraction than an actual way to commute in the city. We have made a mistake of waiting for a cable car at the first stop on the route, which meant that we had to wait in the queue for about 40 minutes, then later we found out that you can just hop onto one anywhere along the route.