“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
This district was once the city's main fishing dock, but it's now mostly a commercial tourist center shunned by locals. Historic ships and active fishing boats still dock here, and local kiosks serve a respectable fried fish sandwich. Sunbathing sea lions, candy shops and street performers around Pier 39 also make the area family-friendly. Ferries to Alcatraz island depart from Pier 33.