This is part two of the vacation pictures! I didn’t want to make the first post super long so I decided to split it into two. If you didn’t get to see the first post, and you’d like to, click HERE. In that post, there were pictures of the Four Corner Monument, Sedona, AZ, San Diego, CA, LA, CA, Hwy 1, Big Sur, and Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. In this post, there will be pictures from San Francisco, CA, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, UT, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Park! Let’s get into it!
We really only had one full day in San Francisco so we had to make it count. We started off by taking a cable car down to Chinatown where we saw the gate and we ate lunch. Then, we took another cable car back up to the piers.
Of course, we had to visit Lombard Street! We couldn’t drive down it because 1) I read that they don’t want tourists driving down it because it backs up the street and 2) We already had a parking spot and if we left, we may not have gotten it back. So we walked down it and took pictures from both sides! If you don’t know what Lombard Street is, it’s a street that the builders had to make in a zig-zag fashion because of the steep incline of the hill. Otherwise, you couldn’t really drive a car down it.
We went to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Both of which were really cool! We also saw the seals!
Next up was the Golden Gate Bridge. We drove across to the lookout point and also walked across the entire thing. Afterwards, we visited the fort located directly underneath the bridge called Fort Point.
Finally, we went on a night tour of Alcatraz which was so cool. We left the mainland at about 6pm and stayed on Alcatraz until 9pm. There were really beautiful views of the city and seeing the cell blocks was pretty cool. Especially after seeing Escape From Alcatraz!
My first double-decker highway on our way out of San Francisco!
We decided to drive through Yosemite National Park on our way to Reno (where we stayed for the night). It was such a beautiful day and the clouds contrasting with the cool grey rocks and mountains was just gorgeous! As a side note, we were also there the same day the President of the United States was there with his family to celebrate Father’s Day! There were a lot of delays because of that but it wasn’t too bad.
We also ended up driving by Lake Tahoe on the way to Reno. It was really strange getting out of the car and feeling so cold after, when we were at lower altitudes and it was so much warmer (at least 25 degrees F).
The next two days we were in Salt Lake City! We visited the Mormon temple there (the grounds are beautifully maintained), the Cathedral, the captiol building, and the Natural History Museum of Utah. All of it was wonderful. This was one of the warmest days that we had on vacation (92 degrees F – 33 degrees C) which wasn’t the most fun but it wasn’t unbearable.
The next day, it was driving up to Yellowstone through the Grand Tetons (Grand Teton National Park). I also had my first huckleberry ice cream!
We spent two days in Yellowstone and tried to see as much as we could. We saw Old Faithful erupt, bison crossing the road, the Yellowstone Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Lake, and a whole bunch of geysers and hot springs. We were there on really nice days so it was just beautiful!
So there you have it! Have you ever been to any of these places before? What places did you go to? Now back to books 😀