The Musée Mécanique
Before I did my night tour, I checked out the Musée Mécanique down by the wharf. Filled with antique, mechanical arcade games, it’s definitely worth visiting for an hour or so to check out the old relics of the past.
My favorite game was this old crane game, where you load kernels into a hopper and try to make the scale go up.
Night Tour with City Sightseeing
I had done a little searching on Groupon and came across a good deal on a nighttime double decker bus tour of the city. Although I’d never done one before, it sounded quite interesting.
I was pleasantly surprised with the trip. We ended up heading past Chinatown, through the financial district, and then across the Bay Bridge for a stop at Treasure Island.
After stretching our legs on the island and taking some photos, we made our way back to the city.
I wouldn’t say I have a fear of heights more than the average person, but the ride across the bridge on top of a bus definitely wasn’t for the faint of heart!
Once back in the city, we followed the Embarcadero back to our starting point at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Before heading back to my hotel for the night, I had to make a stop at Ghirardelli Square to pick up a gift for my mother. It’s definitely worth a stop at the ice cream shop and chocolate store to pick up something sweet if you’re in the area.
Food tour with Sidewalk Food Tours
For lunch the next day, I decided to do a food tour and check out some of the local fare. I purchased my tour with Sidewalk Food Tours on Groupon for $39.20 with all discounts.
We all met up at the starting location and then proceeded to check out the six locations in the North Beach neighborhood.
We started by sampling some delicious deli sandwiches at the Molinari Delicatessen, which proved to be absolutely fantastic.
We then proceeded to another excellent Italian restaurant to sample some pasta and meatballs.
Next, we visited Golden Boy Pizza to try some popular local pizza. I went with the clam topped pizza and I was not disappointed.
We then checked out an interesting vegan place, followed by a truffle bakery and a cannoli place, all of which were amazing. The trip really gave me the opportunity to try a vast array if eateries that I would otherwise not have found.
Another recommendation I got was to see Coit Tower. Overlooking the city from atop Telegraph Hill, the 210-foot tower was constructed in 1933.
After a lengthly wait, you take a tiny elevator to the observation deck for breathtaking views of the city.
Once at the top, you can peek out several windows for a look at the city.
San Francisco Cable Car Museum
After checking out Coit Tower, I hopped aboard a cable car and made my way towards the Cable Car Museum. During my previous trip to the city, I somehow missed this popular attraction, so I certainly had to visit this time around,
Once inside, you’re immediately greeted by the site of the massive machinery that moves the entire cable car system.
In addition to the machinery room, the museum showcases multiple exhibits on the history of the cable car system and you can take a stairway down to the massive underground sheave room that routes the cables throughout the city.
After checking out the museum, I headed over to grab dinner with a friend and then made my way to the airport to catch my flight home.
San Francisco to Norfolk
I made a quick stop at the United Club to grab a few drinks that would hopefully lull me to sleep on the ride home.
SFO [San Francisco] to ORD [Chicago]
October 9, 2017
Depart: 11:19 PM
Arrive: 5:18 AM
Our flight boarded on time, and after a long taxi, we were in the air. I tried to get some sleep, but I probably only was fortunate enough to get one or two hours during the entire flight.
I scored a confirmed upgrade the night before for the next flight due to my Premier status, so I was actually able to get a little rest on this one.
ORD [Chicago] to ORF [Norfolk]
October 10, 2017
Depart: 6:00 AM
Arrive: 9:17 AM
We made a timely departure from Chicago and I managed to grab a few more winks of sleep before arriving in Norfolk and heading back into work.
Hope you liked the trip report.