Fabulous 49-Mile Drive
Nov 16, 2012Public
Photo: The 49-Mile Scenic Drive takes you around the landmarks. The city limits are 7 miles by 7 miles, therefore 49 square miles. "Drive" is sort of a misnomer, as we spent more time out of the car than in it. Some areas of the drive like Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf have their own Album sections.
Photo: Our beginning took us through the heart of the Financial District.
Photo: Since San Francisco's city limits are so small, the city built up rather than out.
Photo: The Embarcadero Center were Uncle Steven's favorite buildings
Photo: You can View Album Map on the right to follow our route
Photo: A very dense downtown, like New York and Chicago
Photo: The X's on the One Maritime Plaza remind me of the John Hancock tower in Chicago
Photo: Vying with F Market Line streetcars
Photo: Overhead electric trolley bus wires on Market Street
Photo: Copula atop the Matson Bldg. They do the shipping to Hawaii
Photo: Look, I'm a cable car!
Photo: There's a big hill on California Street
Photo: Did we go to the Castro district? No, not this time, but still saw glimpses of San Francisco's "Fabulous" lifestyle. I like the hotel name next door, too.
Photo: Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption at the end of O'Farrell Street, built in 1971
Photo: Montgomery Street, called the Wall Street of the West.
Photo: Reading his Bruder catalog, getting ready for his Christmas list. Don't worry, they didn't spend the whole drive cooped up in the car
Photo: The signs were easy to follow, so I didn't need Dulce to navigate. Freed her up to shoot out the car, like 333 Bush Street up ahead
Photo: This college must have biggest campus, we saw buildings all over the city!
Photo: It wasn't really that crowded, we went on Columbus Day.
Photo: The Bank of America building is the city's 2nd-tallest, at 779 feet (52 stories). It is now called 555 California Street, as BA moved to Charlotte.
Photo: California Street, toward the Bay Bridge
Photo: Most of these buildings were built during a building boom in the late 60s to late 80s. Then strict building codes slowed it down.
Photo: San Francisco has the 6th-most buildings over 500 feet (behind NYC, Chicago, Miami, LA, and Houston)
Photo: Coming through