In San Francisco we utilised their public transport system a lot. Car parking was a nightmare and rather expensive so it was pretty much a necessity. Plus we didn’t want to lose our car park back at the house.
Thankfully our City Pass tickets covered all of our transport needs.
The great thing about taking public transport was that we got to experience real life in San Francisco.
Our ‘home’ was well off the standard tourist path so we got to see a side of San Fran we might not have seen if we’d stayed downtown at a hotel with all the other tourists.
I remember the first morning we got on the trolley bus. We were jammed shoulder to shoulder with San Franciscans, finding our bus legs and trying to be conscious of our valuables. But by the end we just had to go with the flow and jostle along with the locals.
We did have a few ‘interesting’ experiences during our bus travels – some scary people and a brawl, complete with police, at the bus stop – but it made our trips much more memorable.
We did a LOT of walking too. Hubby and I literally wore out a pair of shoes each!! And most of us complained of sore and sorry feet at the end of each day in the US. I suppose it was the measure of a great holiday.
But the great thing about San Fran was that we could jump on a trolley bus or tram at any time we were weary.
You never had to wait more than a couple of minutes and I loved the variety of vehicles. Many were incredibly cute.
My boys absolutely loved San Francisco’s public transport. In fact, they were rather annoyed when we decided to drive around on our final day. For them, these bus trips were easily as good as Disneyland rides.
Hey, if we’d known a few buses would excite them, we could have stayed home and done that!!