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Best Golden Gate Views

So this is what everyone comes to San Francisco to see. The bridge. 80 years old this year. She looks good. You know. For a bunch of metal painted red.

I feel that most tourists travel to see the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks of the Bay Area. However, for those who don’t know, there is more than one place to view the bridge, and my favorite place is actually one that most tourists don’t see (because the parking sucks). Please know that this is not an all-inclusive list of every place in the Bay Area for a view of the Golden Gate. I just listed a few that I think offer the best views. Feel free to add your favorite places too. Read on for more . . . Continue reading “Best Golden Gate Views”

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Bay Bridge Trail

The overlooked sister to the Golden Gate and scourge of Bay Area rush hour traffic is the Bay Bridge. It consists of two spans that connect the cities of San Francisco and Oakland through Yerba Buena Island. In the last few years, the eastern span (the one whose upper deck collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989) has been replaced by a brand-spanking new one.

For those who aren’t Bay Area residents, the eastern span of the Bay Bridge has opened a pedestrian trail that now leads to a vista point out on Yerba Buena Island (before it just led to nowhere). The local news made a big “whoop-dee-doo” about it, so I got curious and decided to check it out. Continue reading “Bay Bridge Trail”

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AT&T Park: Home of the San Francisco Giants

My hockey team failed to advance in the playoffs, so in between NBA playoff games, I have begun to turn to baseball.

My home team is the San Francisco Giants. Although I may know only enough about baseball to compete with the average 5-year-old, I like how relaxed the sport is. It gives me a nice background accompaniment while I pore over my mountain of summer schoolwork, and is slow enough to allow me to catch a play as soon as I hear the crack of the bat (versus basketball or hockey, where I blink and miss goals or turnovers). But I digress . . . Continue reading “AT&T Park: Home of the San Francisco Giants”

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Miscellaneous Boston

There were a few extra sites to see throughout Boston that I visited besides those in my previous posts. As OCD as I am, I didn’t find them to really fit with the theme of other Boston posts I’ve written. I’ve decided to cram them all into one post instead of several separate posts, mainly because I found them in-between other sites. Continue reading “Miscellaneous Boston”

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The New England Aquarium

Have you ever seen the movie Ted? You know, the movie about that little bear that’s actually alive and sounds like Peter Griffin, and hangs around Boston with Mark Wahlberg? If you have, then you’ve seen a smidgen of The New England Aquarium.

Aquariums are kind of my jam. They’re like water zoos, and I like zoos. In fact, I did refer to them as “water zoos” one drunken night. But that’s a different story. Continue reading “The New England Aquarium”

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Boston’s Trail of Freedom

I love traveling to the East Coast. I love the people, the accents, the history, and the fact that jay-walking is a regular part of life. People actually wait for the lights where I live.

One of the things I learned on my first trip to Boston (besides the fact that not everyone has that famous Southie accent) is that it’s a great place to learn about American history in the original locations. A great way to do this is to walk Boston’s Freedom Trail, which is a historically-themed walking tour. Read on . . .  Continue reading “Boston’s Trail of Freedom”