I grew up in the Bay Area and had done most of this before, but it was at least 35 years ago. I really enjoyed rediscovering the nearest tourist attractions to my hometown. I was struck this time by how cramped and claustrophobic the City is. It's hemmed in on three sides by water, so they had to build upwards. This makes for some very tall buildings in earthquake country, which looks crazier to me than it ever did before. And all those streets to walk/drive up and down! In 1988 I was happy to leave this hilly state, so today I stared at women and men in business clothes in bewilderment. Why would you want to hike and descend these sharply angled sidewalks every day -- in heels??
It's a city of sky scrapers on steep inclines, where housing costs are so high that soon only rich people will live there, in an area that regularly suffers droughts, on a major earthquake fault line. It's so traffic-choked that during rush hour the entire city feels like Manhattan or downtown Chicago. What the @#$% people? Whose idea was this?
But it's fun and beautiful and I've had a great time here with my family. And you cannot beat the soughdough bread or the seafood. You just can't. I look forward to returning, especially for some fresh crab and fried prawns!