No trip to San Francisco is complete unless one visits Fisherman’s Wharf at least once. The City by the Bay fills the top of a peninsula and is surrounded by piers, the most famous of which is Pier 39.  Of course, I too, make my usual pilgrimage whenever I’m in the city.

Fisherman’s Wharf is always alive with tourists, street vendors, and sea lions.  The gulls sweep down at dizzying angles. Bicycles dart by; it’s a lively place.

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

I seldom purchase anything since I don’t have the strength to tote packages plus camera gear. Nonetheless, I do enjoy the ambiance.  There’s always something to see or do.

Boat tours abound along the pier.  Everyone has a specialty.  Do you need a ferry across San Francisco Bay?  Want a ride to Alcatraz?  There are options.

Tour boats and ferries docked along Fisherman's Wharf

Tour boats and ferries docked along Fisherman’s Wharf

The tour boats are a great way to tour the peninsula, see the Golden Gate Bridge, or get a panoramic view of the city’s skyline.

I prefer sailboats; therefore no story would be complete without a photo of some of these boats.

Sailboats docked at Fisherman's Wharf

Sailboats docked at near Pier 39

I like this image because you can see the city in the background.  There’s some sense of the hilliness, too.

I mentioned the sea lions above.  Honestly, I always have trouble remembering the difference between seals and sea lions, don’t you?  I know there’s something about ears, but that doesn’t help me.  Of course, they don’t look alike or sound alike.  Seals are quieter than sea lions. For me, that should be a clue.  When you visit Fisherman’s Wharf, you can hear the sea lions barking.

Sea lions lounge near Pier 39.

Sea lions lounge near Pier 39.

Sea lions also walk on all fours.  You can almost get a sense of this in the photo above. Alas, sea lions are very good at sunbathing as well.

I hope you get to San Francisco during your travels.  Until then, to see more images, especially sea lions, please click here.



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