The composite aura of San Francisco is fascinating, captivating and enchanting.
People from around the world are continually drawn to it.
The Pied Piper lives.
That is why on February 22, 2018, sftravel.com reported, “San Francisco Travel is reporting a total of 25.5 million visitors to the city in 2017 (with minor adjustments expected as final data is received), up 1.4 percent over 25.2 million in 2016. Total spending by visitors was $9.10 billion, up 1.4 percent over $8.98 billion in 2016.”
Yes the major attractions like the majestic Pacific Ocean, Fisherman’s Warf, the San Francisco Giants and the Golden Gate Bridge are powerful lures but it is also the unique and historic neighborhoods that create a microcosm of magic everywhere tourists and natives go.
Nob Hill is one of them.
Nob Hill is an affluent neighborhood known for its numerous luxury hotels and historic mansions. Nob Hill has historically served as a center of San Francisco's upper class. Nob Hill is among the highest-income neighborhoods in the United States, as well as one of the most desirable and expensive real estate markets in the country.
The neighborhood is named after one of San Francisco's original "Seven Hills".
North of Nob Hill is Russian Hill. West of the district is Pacific Heights. To the south of Nob Hill is the Union Square shopping district, Civic Center district, and the Tendernob neighborhood. East of Nob Hill is San Francisco's Chinatown and the Financial District. Northeast of Nob Hill is North Beach and Telegraph Hill.
There are numerous historic and well maintained parks throughout Nob Hill. The most prominent park in the neighborhood is Huntington Park.
Kindly donated to the city in 1915 by the widow of railroad baron Collis P. Huntington, Huntington Park is a Nob Hill neighborhood park jewel. It features a playground, landscaped areas, and the historic Flood Fountain.
You don’t have to be a tourist to be in awe of Nob Hill. The local news and information source sf.curbed.com smiles about the eats and fun on the hill. Where can you go? “Nob Hill Cafe for big bowls of pasta (and romance); Cordon Bleu for cheap Vietnamese; Swan Oyster Depot when it first opens so you can avoid the line; Bob's Donuts for the perfect crumb donut; newcomer Hot Sauce and Panko for finally bringing decent cheap eats to the neighborhood; the Tonga Room for when you need a night out.”
We spoke about Fisherman Warf. Did you realize you could walk there from Nob Hill?
Of course you can and we have a visiting writer who will guide you.
A San Francisco Walk to Fisherman's Wharf
Over Nob Hill
By Ronald LaRue
San Francisco is a fabulous city to visit. With so many interesting locations for exploration, it is impossible to speak of them all in one writing. I will look at one street in San Francisco and the general locations and views that entails a walk along this street. Taylor Street runs the length of the city's eastern half. We will speak of this walk from Market St. to Jefferson St., the latter being home to Fisherman's Wharf, the most popular tourist destination in the City of San Francisco.
Reaching the Market St. and Taylor St intersection, the walk ensues. Market St. is a central transportation location of the City by the Bay. Subway stations and all transferring routes of Muni (SF public transportation) cross Market St. at one point or the other. This is a long Street full of shopping and finance. In fact, the financial district is on the north end of this city artery. Walking from Market Street along Taylor requires a long 10-block section uphill to Nob Hill. Containing several blocks that will test the stamina of the unfit, I recommend that those not in fine health take a bus to Fisherman's Wharf, this section actually being the first of two extreme climbs. You will find hotels, hostels, lounges, and a couple corner markets along this section of the walk, if these are for which you search. At the Pinnacle of the climb, you will find Nob Hill.
Nob Hill is home to a few of the finest hotels in San Francisco, the third largest cathedral in the United States, and Huntington Park. Huntington Park is a fabulous place to catch one's breath before continuing on to Fisherman's Wharf. The park has a children's play area and many benches on which to sit and rest. A picturesque location for a picnic lunch, you will find the park a welcome and required rest before continuing this journey. Coming from the direction we have you will find the entrance mid-block as you go right on California Street. The Grace Cathedral will be to the left across the street from and on the same block between Sacramento and California Streets as is the Park.
Rested and ready to continue it will be a nice downhill for several blocks. Two blocks beyond the top of Nob Hill is a market and two eating establishments. I know that the day I ventured upon this walk that one location was lined up in the streets for lunch, a great sign, as locals seem to flock to the outdoor seating provided for the many sunny San Francisco afternoons. Continuing downhill, the inevitable next uphill section will be found. A good climb that seems even steeper than the prior does. Only four blocks in length but rather steep, one is adequately rewarded for this climb when as the summit is reached a wonderful view is captured. Directly to the front, framed by San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island is a breathtaking view from this vantage point. It is as the city is built for the view and is one that will be etched upon your mind. This author believes the spectacular view justifies the entire walk and the work is done at this point, as everything is downhill to Fisherman's Wharf. Noteworthy is that, just before Bay Street on Taylor St is the Cable Car stop for Fisherman's Wharf, only three blocks away.
This is a challenging and rewarding walk through a beautiful city. San Francisco is great city to walk and it was found that people are very friendly, unique for a large city. Taylor Street ends at the crab vendors of Fisherman's Wharf; yes, right at the center. During a single day, this walk left ample time to explore Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy several of the many attraction found along the waterfront. Proximity to Pier 39 gives opportunity for shopping among the 110 plus shops and there is the large Waterfront Park to rest in the finely manicured lawns, when the time is right. Fisherman's Wharf is a location requiring a writing of its own and we are sure that this walk will be found invigorating and fulfilling during your San Francisco adventures.
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