Embark to the Embarcadero San Francisco experience

The Embarcadero San Francisco is the choicest place to visit in the beautiful city of San Francisco. The Embarcadero is San Francisco’s destination extraordinare that shows of all of what San Francisco is truly about. Culture is evident with a wide presence of almost every nationality known on the Planet. A large presence of Asian culture is alive and thriving in San Francisco’s Embarcadero district. The name Embarcadero in Spanish means,”Warf”. The Warf is exactly what the Embarcadero is all about. Starting in the year 1860 this section of San Francisco saw the influx of prospectors seeking their fortune in the gold fields of the Nevada and Placer Hills. Fortune and the choice of pursuing a dream, often left the prospector seeking the enjoyment, of the many pleasures that San Francisco’s Embarcadero district could offer.

Warf is exactly what the EmbarcaderoFrom Second Street and the intersection of King Street the Embarcadero district makes its way up under the megalithic Oakland Bay Bridge. This monstrosity of human architecture achievement is a site to behold. The Bridge is really a testament to what man really can accomplish. For a fantastic view the are shows of the Bay Area’s waterways like no other area of San Francisco. This Area is truly a must see part of the San Francisco site seeing tour. Imagine the many Piers like pier 1,1½,5 all these make up the Warf. In the beginning however, these piers didn’t exist. The Embarcadero sits on what’s known as reclaimed land. This is to say that the original coves and docks were much different than they are currently. Imagine the history of the Sea going vessels like the Star of India that once sailed and docked these waterways of the Embarcadero. The tales of sea gong vessels and rich trade that came through this very area is what made California the Golden State.

King Street the Embarcadero districtThe famous Pulitzer prize winning Author Herb Caen once walked these very streets of the Embarcadero. The Embarcadero has Rincon Park,Pier 39, The trolley station and almost every facet of hat makes San Francisco destination a must. Rincon Park famous in the Embarcadero district for its sculpture created by the two famous cultures Class Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. The majestic culture is a statement of true passion. Seeing this sculpture that resembles Cupids Bow and arrow going through park is a real treat. Pier 39 is were it all began. Here the heart of the Embarcadero is truly presented as the festive, sea going, trade route orientated place of interest. This area will give the tourist the experience of a life time. Culture and the life of sea trade is still present on this very pier. Standing on Pier 39 will bring a feeling of being the Captain of a a great sailing ship from years gone past.

The smells of the open bay, and the scents of fresh sea food will make any traveller want to taste of the treats offered here at the Embarcadero Pier 39. Crab, Lobster, Scallops, Fresh fish all find their selves prepared and offered to guests. Prices are very reasonable and freshness is of the very finest quality If you are a individual that enjoys sea food then your right at home in this destination full of the finest restaurants offered any where. Shops with every type of nautical treasure are placed in every corner and nook for the shopper who wishes to pack there bags with memories and treasures of the Embarcadero experience.

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A visit to the Embarcadero would not be complete without a visit to the Embarcadero Centre were a viewing centre sits atop for the tourist who wishes to see the sites like no other place on earth. Imagine that in the early 1900s the ports of the Embarcadero were considered the most busiest with foot traffic in the world, can you imagine that? Today the Embarcadero is still showing that it is still full of sites and experiences that can be had no other place in the World. Large skyscrapers dot the skyline of the Embarcadero. Lavish amounts of art and sculptures are presented for the tourist. There is never any end to the experience of the Embarcadero. Each time a visitor returns there is something new to be seen in the Embarcadero district.

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San Francisco’s Majestic Maritime Destination

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a place that will allow the visitor seeking the enjoyment of Maritime exposure a place to remember for a lifetime.

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The park is composed of over 100 small crafts that have historical Maritime history values. A tourist that views these vessels will not be able to forget the experience. There are also the grand fleet consisting of the following vessels:

Balclutha, was built in 1886 as a square rigged sailing ship. Built in the year 1886 by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd this ship has been renamed many times and has had the name Star of Alaska as her name during her 1930s voyage and service the Alaskan Salmon Fleet. In 1933 she was once again renamed the Pacific Queen. The pacific Queen is famous for its star role in the movie with Clark Gable as the movie,” Mutiny On The Bounty”. This ship is a large masted sailing ship that will give the visitor a real feeling of what it is like to be aboard a ship of this era.

C.. Thayer, was built in 1895 as a schooner. At 213 feet in length displacing 453 tons of water this ship is no small ship. Launched in 1895 and serving for 55 years up till her decommission of service in 1950. This ship served as a vessel that transported timber and other trade goods as far away as Hawaii. This ship is three masted and is considered state of the art in its day of conception. Walking o this vessel is an experience that will leave the tourist wanting more.

Eureka, Built in 1890 this steam ferryboat was one of the first steam powered vessels to transport people and goods with the use of a steam powered engine. Her primary cargo was tourist in the day and rail cars at night. This ferry was well capable of moving some freight even in these modern times the cargo hold was well capable of delivering volume goods.

Alma, She was a built scow schooner. From the year 1891 and built by Fred Sieme the Alma was 80 feet long displacing 40 thousand tons of water. The Alma was two masted and constructed locally in a shipyard at Hunters Point, California. The Alma has served many needs she was once even a Oyster dredger. In 1957 she was given a new heart with the addition of a gasoline engine. This vessel is well preserved at the ripe age of only 113 years old. She still is capable of sailing the seas.

San Francisco Hercules Maritime Photo 2013Hercules, She was constructed in 1907 as a steam tug. The Hercules is 153 feet in length and powered by three cylinder steam power plant. The Hercules displaces 409 gross tons. She has seen service as a barge hauler transporting goods as far as Hawaii. She is now a historic landmark. The ship is a fabulous e educational experience for the maritime enthusiast who wishes to see the modern age adapted to sailing and ship building.

Eppleton Hall, Constructed in 1944 a few years after Pearl Harbour Attack this vessel saw great use as a paddle wheel tug. This tug was destroyed and left on a mud bank to decay. After a number of years the Maritime museum purchased and refurbished this majestic tug. The ship was refitted with diesel engines and made the voyage across the Atlantic sea. In 1970 the Eppleton Hall crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Today she sits at the Hyde Street Pier waiting to enjoy the curiosity of the maritime enthusiast.
Along with all these wonderful, educational, and jaw dropping historic vessels there is the museum offering up its maritime treasures.

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A gift store offers every type of Maritime souvenir available. Even restaurants are close by for the tourist who needs a bite to eat. Prices are very reasonable for this all day adventure in maritime history. A trip to this destination will be remembered by children, family and ,friends for life. Nothing is a pleasurable as seeing the vessels of the age docked in a setting that lets them be viewed timelessly. Best San Francisco Destination for  the whole family.

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Haight-Ashbury, A Tourists Dream Of Submersion in 1960s Culture

Haight-Ashbury is a location in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco is a place in Northern California near coastal shores and abundant metropolitan cities. San Francisco by itself is a large cornerstone city of California. Established in the Gold rush years, San Francisco is still growing and has never seen its hay-day as of this date.

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Haight-Ashbury is a district located near Golden Gate Park. Stanyon Street and the Golden Gate Park border Haight-Ashbury on the western side of the district. Baker Street and the beautiful park Buena Vista are awaiting a visit to the East of the district. Towards the South side of the district is the neighbourhoods of the infamous Cole Valley noted for its cheap 1960s style of housing that was sought by most individuals that wanted a cheap affordable place to call home.

Haight-Ashbury street names get there names derived from early settlers of the late 1870s. Henry Haight and Mr. Munroe Ashbury gave these streets there popular cultured names. The neighbourhood was primary designed by Mr. Ashbury and his then aspiring Nephew. A lower level of the neighbourhood was called Lower Height and the elevated neighbourhood was glamorized as Upper Height. Upper Height was primarily were Hippies and the Bohemian movement became popularized in the 1960s. Japanese and African American culture dominated the Lower Height district.

As its call to fame the Haight-Ashbury district finds its roots and glamour from the Hippie movement and culture. Still to this day Haight-Ashbury is popularized by its standing among unique places to visit and rich culture experience. Some of the greatest Rock Stars of all time found their beginning in Haight-Ashbury. Stars like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Hendrix, all these rock and Rock musicians knew the district of Haight-Ashbury. Most of these musicians lived worked and had friends that still reside in the Haight-Ashbury district.

Counter-culture is in unison of the name,”Haight-Ashbury”. American culture was taking a very different line from were it currently is now. In the summer of 1967 Haight-Ashbury found itself infiltrated with Hippies. Hippies were a culture of individuals that listened to the new Psychedelic Music of the age. Messages were said to be in some of these songs. Subliminal messages were always being listened for by the practicing Hippie. Hippies believed in the concepts of world peace and brotherly love for all people who wished and embraced its ideas. War was an evil concept that most Hippies protested and wanted nothing to do with at all. Hippies wanted one thing,” Put peace back into the World”.

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As a tourist destination the sights are many and the culture exposure can be awesome. Along its many streets the Haight-Ashbury district is graced with retro shops offering a trip back in time to the land of the Hippie and Bohemian. Head Shops and bead shops flank the store fronts. Restaurants with Hippie décor make a visit feel like a trip back into the time when the Summer of Love of 1967 was at its full swing. The Summer of love has came and gone but the Haight-Ashbury district will bring back a vision for the most sceptical tourist of what it really was like in the Sixties.

When experiencing the Haight-Ashbury district it is important to keep in mind that the whole focus of the district is about a time when Psychedelic Music, Marijuana, Free Love, and alternate lifestyles were learning to be excepted, and most importantly, not judged. Culture differences and ideas were radically different. The tourist will enjoy every moment spent in the district of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Still to this day there are individuals practicing and living the Hippie way of life. Some of these individuals will be happy to share with the avid interested tourist a way of life long gone.

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