The sights and sounds of San Francisco are best to be explored by staying at a hotel in a great location. The Argonaut Hotel is in the Ghirardelli Square area of the San Francisco waterfront. The hotel has some great views of the Bay.
The San Francisco Bay area has so much outdoor space to explore, especially along the Pacific coast. A great park along the water in San Francisco is Land's End. We parked in the Sea Cliff neighborhood. This neighborhood is a wealthy area with some beautiful homes that overlook the water in this prime real estate area. Land's End has stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands along with a great walking trail with wildflowers and cypress trees along the route. We walked from China Beach to the Visitors Center at Land's End. There are a few miles of trails to explore, a few go down to the water, but most are up on the cliffs above the Pacific. The park's formation began when Adolph Sutro wanted to bring urban development to the city's edge. He created the park, first with a restaurant called the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. The Sutro Baths was an engineering marvel and a great recreation place for anyone living inthe San Francisco area in the 1890's. Mr. Sutro built the seven swimming pools so that each was a different temperature and that the power of the Pacific Ocean would fill the baths up during high tide. In the day a visit to Sutro Bath's was a full day affair for the entire family. Along the beach, many rocks are jetting from the water where the bird's nest, one has a hole in the center that is shaped like a heart. The panoramic view of the Pacific here is very peaceful. The Cliff House Restaurant has one of the best views in all of San Francisco. This is a trendy restaurant for visitors and locals alike. Once you finished your dining at the Cliff House, you can stroll down Ocean Beach along the Pacific. This beach is a long stretch of white sand that meets the mighty waves of the Pacific.
On one of our last stops in Ireland was the famous Guinness Storehouse, it is a great attraction and is only minutes from Dublin’s city center. All of the history of Guinness is here, and you can take a guided tour through the past and all that goes into making the perfect pint of Guinness. The tour consists of the brewing story behind Guinness and how Arthur Guinness began over two hundred years ago to craft a stout beer that is top in the world. The Storehouse has cafés to try all different recipes that are made with Guinness. The chocolate was one of my favorites. The Guinness brand is known worldwide, and there is an excellent display of all the imagination in the advertising over the years. One of my favorite attractions here was the Guinness Academy. Here we learned how to official pour a perfect pint of Guinness. There are precisely six steps, and it takes 119.5 seconds to pour a perfect pint. I was able to video the experience in two different phases.
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