The Bay City's Waterfront
The Embarcadero and Market St
San Francisco, CA
The Embarcadero comprises the region of San Francisco's historic waterfront, running from the eastern margin of the peninsula around SBC Park to roughly Pier 39 on the north. Though its use as a dock facility has been superseded by its draw as a commercial attraction, it is still a place where boats of all kinds come into port--and has been ever since the Gold Rush of 1849 first lured out the people who would create San Francisco overnight. More recently the route of an elevated freeway (destroyed in the 1989 earthquake), it has since been spruced up and given new life as a commercial strand, running past such notable must-sees as the old Ferry Building, the Fisherman's Wharf, and the Embarcadero Center. No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a stroll or a drive along this most-traveled of streets.
Best Modes of Transportation:
Notes: Historic old streetcars run the length of the Embarcadero and are a fun way to see the entire place at once.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $5-$10
Notes: Parking along the Embarcadero is available primarily in a few pay lots, though limited street parking off the main avenue is sometimes also available.
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