San Francisco is a beautiful place. The whole city is like a popular theme park. The 49-mile scenic drive is the best way to enjoy all the good spots in this city. This driving course is extremely comfortable for anyone with a driving license. The great thing about San Francisco's 49-mile Scenic Drive is that it can be started from anywhere in the city. A visitor finds signs with a seagull and begins to follow it. Also, if he no longer has the time and wants to stop following the scenic driving sign, he can leave at any time. It is officially the starting point in front of San Francisco City Hall. The 49-mile drive ends with a return trip back to the starting point.
The 49-mile starting point is the cultural center of San Francisco. East of the city hall is the Asian Cultural Center, and various Asian cultural exhibitions and performances of theater arts are held. They showcased Japanese traditional Kabuki Play last year. The museum has a permanent exhibition of Chinese art exhibitions. It also shows the history of Asian Americans. City Hall conducts the wedding ceremony. There are couples getting married at City Hall and taking pictures at the park over the weekend.
We now follow the “Scenic Drive 49-Mile Mile” sign with a seagull illustration to drive to Japan City as the next interesting area. The San Francisco metropolitan area is full of one-way roads like the others. Geary Street downtown goes west. Turn left onto Geary Street and drive for a few minutes, a follower of the 49 kilometer drive will begin a tour of the main buildings of the Japanese City, namely the Kinokuniya Building, Miyako Market, the Kabuki Theater Building. The first to the right of Geary Street will see a strawberry pagoda with 5 layers of rooftops.
The Japanese-Americans who lived here were brought to camps in World War II, and most did not return. Now, not so many Japanese-American families live here. This place is for a historical monument, a Japanese restaurant and souvenir shops. Japanese and Japanese-Americans this area is still appropriate to eat sushi and buy Japanese books. There are several historical monuments in this area. Two Japanese and Chinese characters carved on the wall in Pagoda Square show all the hope of the Japanese and the Japanese in Love and Peace. There are shops and groups that deal with Japanese dance, language, origami, drama, or music. Occasionally, these groups hold a booth in Japanese city buildings and serve tea and talk to people who visit here. They are extremely friendly. It is a great place to hear Japanese accent English that explains Japanese tradition and history.
We leave Japan Town, turning right into Post Street. 49 miles of Scenic Drive now takes the follower to one of the most famous and popular places for visitors. It's Union Square. Union Square is a shopping mall for visitors and residents. There are Macy's on South Square, Neiman Marcus on the Southwest corner and Bloomingdale's on Market Street. Also, there are stores like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes or Gucci. Nearby are world-class hotels. They include Westin St. Francis, Grand Hyatt, Clift Hotel, Villa Florence, Marriott and so on.
The history of Union Square is deeply linked to the civil war. The name of this park is "Union Square", as pro-union campaigns took place here, and people saw this square as a supportive movement for the Union Army. In 1903, a statue of Victory was erected on the square in memory of Admiral George Dewey's victory at the Battle of Manila Bay. This Monument to the Victory "Victory" was made in the image of the local heiress Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. Union Square is exactly the "heart" of San Francisco. Some ceremonies and events are held every weekend, including the Art Show. This square is famous for Macy's Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. Please visit here when it's time for Christmas.
Turning into the corner of Union Square, Scene Drive, 49 kilometers long, takes followers to China Town. The Chinese city of San Francisco is one of the largest in the world in size and population. Chinese living in a Chinese city, San Francisco is predominantly Cantonese. Despite the Japanese city, China Town has the smell of living. Visitors can hear the baby crying, upstairs at the gift shop or fighting over the voice, shouting aloud, on the second floor of the restaurant. It feels more energy in a Chinese city than it does in Japan.
In addition to sightseeing, there are always Chinese who sell and buy meat, vegetables, fruits or everyday goods. The visitor can feel the strength of the Chinese who are expanding around the world and building their cities. Whatever city in the world visits, they will find Chinese restaurants. The Chinese always live there.
Exiting China Town, the path takes the follower up the hill and leads him to the Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. There was history when a broadcast was made from the top of this Hill. The Coit Tower was built as an urban plan, adding to another attractive architect. A mural in Tower is something a visitor must see. The mural, which partly portrays European life, depicts the lives of Native Americans. Coit Tower is not an official 49 miles away. This place, however, is a popular spot with an aerial view of the city. The problems are traffic jams on the way to the top and difficulty in parking.
The path leads the follower to Lombard Street, the world's most hidden street. The slope here was too steep to build straight and make the road wrong. The road past Lombard is so steep that it looks like a cliff dive when trying to descend. A visitor can make his passenger scream with fear.
Now the route runs north on Leavenworth Street. When the follower reaches the top of the hill, he begins to see San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Fisherman's Wharf is from here. This place is always full of visitors. Whenever visitors come to this place, they can always find something interesting, funny and new. Visitors cannot visit this place without bringing a camera.
Continue further west passing Fisherman's Wharf, a follower will pass Fort Mason and reach Presidio Entrance. Fort Mason is a city in the park, while the Beijing Olympic torch race was running, instead of the intended and announced route, over protests. Presidio Park is a naval base historically, like a movie. Presideo Park is a forest with old but elegant houses. Another reason visitors love this area of Fort Mason and Presidio Park is the spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is an entrance for walkers and cyclists to the Golden Gate Bridge in the north center of Presideo Park.
The follower will see Greek or Roman style buildings at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is the Marina District. Visitors will find here a hands-on style museum called "Exploratorium". Inside the museum there are science projects that visitors can try out for themselves and see what happens, how it happens and why. This is a great place for kids.
The driving route finally takes the follower to the Pacific beach. There are families on the beach who play kite, walk the dog, run with young children. A visitor can take a lunch break at Cliff House. This Cliff House was the guesthouse for the US President and other famous VIPs. The original Cliff House was burned twice and now it's a restaurant and a gift shop.
Now the ride takes the follower to the southern part of town. The visitor drives along the ocean side of the "Great America Parkway", enjoying the view of the Pacific Ocean on the right. Passing the San Francisco Zoo on the left, it drives to Lake Merced. She may be surprised to learn that San Francisco has plenty of places to relax. This lake has fun for paddling, fishing and shooting. It can only relax the eyes as local people do.
After driving to the south side of Merced Lake, Scenic Drive now turns north on Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Boulevard runs north-south and one of West San Francisco's major thoroughfares. In the southern part of the Boulevard is the UC San Francisco campus. Residents of the San Francisco – Bay Bay area are undoubtedly much focused on education surrounded by well-known universities such as Stanford, Barkley, UCSF, UCSJ and UC East Bay.
Now the drive returns the follower to the northern part of the city. Setting off Sunset Boulevard North, the visitor will return to the northern part of San Francisco. Sunset Boulevard will pass Lincoln and enter Golden Gate Park. This park may be similar to Central Park in New York or Hyde Park in London. The park is full of green trees and beautiful flowers. Golden Gate Park is a favorite relaxing and recreational area for residents. There are museums, Japanese Garden, Outdoor Theater. People can enjoy the events here. During the weekend, visitors will be able to meet runners or people who ride bikes. Driving in a park surrounded by greenery makes the driver happy. One can better get rid of fear, anxiety or anger from everyday life.
After exiting Golden Gate Park's east door, the drive headed south again. Driving up the hill, the follower of the ride will reach the residential area at the top of the hill. This is Twin Peaks. The car can be picked up on top of a hill and enjoy views of central San Francisco. Driving southeast of town along Castro Street, Interstate Highway 280 will take the ride and will take it to the Business District and finally to the starting point, the San Francisco Civic Center.