Last weekend we had a wonderful first time in San Francisco other than connecting flights at the airport to China, which their international airport is excellent. We drove from Las Vegas to San Francisco which took about 9 hours straight through with minor stops. It was interesting to see all the agriculture and the massive cow herds and the wind mills alongside the highway. I want to review some of the travel tips I learned the hard way and wish I had known.
Parking is a challenge in any major city but is more difficult in San Francisco with the steep streets. I practiced my parallel parking before going because we do not parallel park much in Vegas. Travel Tip; when parking on the street you must turn your front wheel toward the curb and it must touch the curb or you can get a ticket for $75 and the meter maids are everywhere. This makes sense for steep streets if your brake gives away than the curb acts like a wedge and your car will not roll downhill. Also, compact cars are preferable which we took my wife’s compact car and it was great my full size truck would have been a nightmare for us. How I found out was our first stop was Chinatown and I parallel park nicely then a car drove by with younger kids and they yelled at me my wheel my wheel. I thought I had a flat tire and the lady on the corner looked at my tires as well and she was Chinese and spoke to my wife and she said because my front tires was not touching the curb inward. Another positive travel experience with locals, 2 random locals saw my issue and offered help without me knowing. Also after 6pm the meters are free and Sunday they are free. The next day we could not find parking spaces anywhere is we knew would be difficult so we found a parking garage in Chinatown which was our base of operation per say. The cost for the parking garage in this area was $12 per day which was a lot more reasonable than the Fisherman’s Wharf area at $20-30 per day. My advice for any major city like San Francisco would be do some basic research on public parking if you plan on driving a car.
San Francisco is a great city and we had an awesome time, more tips to come
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