The 49-mile scenic drive winds its way through the skyscraper canyons of downtown to the windswept sand dunes of Ocean Beach, with stops at famous tourists spots such as Chinatown. We chose to see the sights from the comfort of a Bentley Continental.
A typically foggy day shrouds the historic City Hall in mist. City Hall was built in 1915, replacing the prior building destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. It was upgraded after the Loma Prieta earthquake. We parked the Bentley next to the Civic Center Plaza, which stretches out in front of the building.
At the corner of California Street and Grant Avenue is the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, the oldest urban Chinese community in the U.S. The street is lined with shops and restaurants. We cruise through and get a photo out of the front window.
This building was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, and was originally built as a temporary structure. But it avoided the wrecking ball and was upgraded in 1960. It makes a great background for the Bentley.
At the Western edge of the Presidio, outside of the Golden Gate, the Pacific ocean stretches beyond the Bentley. The Presidio was a military base from 1776 to 1994. It has since been converted to civilian use, and houses the Letterman Digital Arts Center, home of Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts, and Lucasfilm.