In the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity to see San Francisco for the first time. Here are some of the highlights. (Most photos made with Canon 5D and 24-105/4 IS lens).
No trip to SF is complete without a tour of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We rented the Flood Suite at the Fairmont Hotel, whose facade was used in the 1980's TV show "Hotel" (now I'm dating myself). The Fairmont is an extraordinary place to stay, with wonderful views.
From the Flood Suite we had views in three directions (North, East, and South) and could see many of the San Francisco landmarks such as Coit Tower, the TransAmerica building, the Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz.
During our trip we took two excursions...one south (Carmel and Pebble Beach) and one north (Muir Woods and Sausalito).
Along the "17 Mile Drive" there is a landmark called "the lone cypress":
No self-respecting golfer would miss an opportunity to see Pebble Beach:
The homes in Carmel-by-the-Sea were very unique...here's a sample:
Our excursion north of San Francisco took us to Muir Woods and Sausalito. Muir Woods is spectacular and is its own world, with plants and animals you don't see anywhere else. You won't find trees this big in my home state of Alabama...
Back at the Fairmont there is a roof garden that is often used for parties or receptions. If I remember correctly, it's about the fourth floor.
No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a picture of a streetcar.
Here's my final photo...it's the fog that can appear and disappear, draping the city in a foggy white.