Since we had to drive through Oakland, I talked everyone into stopping to see the temple.
The temple has the best view of the Bay area, even on a gloomy day. After checking in we had a nice late lunch at a bbq place in Ghiradelli Square, which I thought was really good. But the most overrated food of all we had was the Ghiradelli ice cream - skip it unless you like melted and salty ice cream.
But we woke up to a beautiful day and a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge from our hotel. The hotel was right near Lombard Street, the "crookedest street in the world."
We spent a little time on Hyde Street Pier and got to tour some of the old ships.
A big anchor, a beautiful girl, and Ghiradelli Square in the background.
We took a trolley to Union Station, then walked through China Town to Little Italy, where we had a delicious lunch.
We had forgotten to buy Alcatraz tickets in advance, but by a miracle we were able to get tickets - for the last trip of the day, too (which was what we wanted in the first place).
The next morning, before leaving, we drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, then walked out on it from the Sausalito side.
And last of all, before we drove back home, Kate wanted to see this tiled staircase - very cool.
Now I think Jamie and I need to go back sometime, and leave the kids at home.