The Embarcadero
The Embarcadero
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Major street in the port area of San Francisco that has become a bustling area of shops, businesses and sightseeing attractions.
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  • MichaelMc777
    Sunnyvale, California4,633 contributions
    One of my favorite walks in the City.
    The Embarcadero is one of the best walks in the City. It has a beautiful bay view over its miles of sidewalks. There is an abundance of restaurants and shops along the wide walkway. The Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and ferry rides to Alcatraz are just a few of the wonderful stops/possibilities along the way. The avenue will entertain with street performers in the Fisherman’s Wharf area and Pier 39 area. There are benches and piers to take in the beauty of the bay and San Francisco sky line. It is one of the best places to to see why San Francisco is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world. Starting at the Bay bridge and continuing all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge is a long and amazing walk. It will offer picturesque places to see and experience. The parking about three-four hundred meters before the bay bridge on the right - large pier over the water offers all day parking for only $10 on the weekends. The Ferry building is a yummy place to buy items for a picnic! It also has a very good farmer’s market on Saturdays. The street is relatively very safe and I stroll down it, in the day time and night time. Good for families and it also offers great attractions for the kids! A must see and walk!!
    Visited February 2020
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 February 2020
  • CTBCalifornia
    Groveland, California1,941 contributions
    Bicycle or Walk along the Embarcadero in SF is a Great Day Out
    From views of the Bay Bridge and sailing boats to the statues at Giants Stadium, and from the Food and Shops of Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf to the waterfront pedestrian paths for walkers and bicyclers, this is a great way to spend your day out in the City. I rode my bike all the way from the Marina District near the Golden Gate Bridge to the Giants Stadium and China Basin, and back. I took most of the day, parking my bike several times to explore shops and restaurants at Pier 39, Fishermans Wharf and Guiardelli Square.
    Visited March 2020
    Written 9 March 2020
  • Jydeoo
    Lagos, Nigeria2,301 contributions
    Don't miss it.
    Don't just cross it, visit it. As a tourist/visitor in San Francisco, you will most likely pass or cross this street. Whether visiting the Piers, bars, restaurants, Alcatraz or any of the other many attractions around, I recommend you take a pause and appreciate the crowded beautiful bustling of this street during the day/early evening. Tip: Mind your belongings, as tourist crowds can hide pick pockets.
    Visited August 2021
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 July 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,348 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a long promenade with countless piers.
While it IS possible to walk along the entire road, it's not particularly interesting, other than a relatively small touristy area.
Written 15 May 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,135 contributions
Oct 2022
The Embarcadero is both the street and the area of downtown that runs along the harbor from Fisherman's Wharf to the Ferry Building. It makes for a nice walk with many scenic views of the Bay, Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Alternatively, you can ride on the historic street cars that travel along the road. From here you can catch a tour of Alcatraz or catch a ferry over to quaint Sausalito. There are a number of restaurants along here offering tables with views of the water. There is also the science museum, Exploratorium, an Aquarium at Pier 39 or you can hike up to nearby Coit Tower for some amazing views of the city.
Written 8 May 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA15,840 contributions
Dec 2022
It's hard to beat this stroll, especially if you head south from Market Street. Lots of views of the Bay and the Bay Bridge, some terrific outdoor art, views of modern architecture. The promenade is wide so there is a lot of room for everyone. And eventually you end up at the Ball Park. Fun.
Written 27 December 2022
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,301 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Don't just cross it, visit it. As a tourist/visitor in San Francisco, you will most likely pass or cross this street. Whether visiting the Piers, bars, restaurants, Alcatraz or any of the other many attractions around, I recommend you take a pause and appreciate the crowded beautiful bustling of this street during the day/early evening. Tip: Mind your belongings, as tourist crowds can hide pick pockets.
Written 31 July 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA15,840 contributions
Jul 2022
This is a terrific place to take a long walk to enjoy the views of the Bay and the bridges, plus lots of the downtown skyline. You can go all the way to the ball park. It is very popular so you will see crowds along the way. There are a few places to eat and drink.
Written 21 July 2022
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Willie S
13 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We visited in July, sunny days but little cold. Beatiful views and we took ferry to Hammond. Price 4.50 single ride. Not much to see at destiny, but trip has beautiful view and service was awsome.
Written 16 July 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,239 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is an excellent place to relax and walk, jog or just enjoy everything around you including people watching . Recommended.
Written 10 April 2022
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Joan H
San Bernardino, CA1,027 contributions
Oct 2021
It was a long walk along the Embarcadero from where our Princess Cruise ship, the Majestic, was docked to the Ferry Building. Put on your walking shoes and try to imagine what it was like, when the Embarcadero was called the Barbary Coast. Enjoy the great view of the bay on a sunny day.
Written 6 March 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA15,840 contributions
Jan 2022
We enjoyed our long walk along the Bay, as do so many other people. Lots of great views along the way, of nature and the built-up city. Easy to get to on transit. Places to eat and drink along the way.
Written 28 January 2022
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blonnka
Winter Garden, FL182 contributions
Sep 2021
Clean, safe, a lovely walk. We particularly liked the skateboard exhibit on the street, a structure built completely of skateboards, and had instructions inside on skateboard skills.
Written 20 September 2021
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