San Francisco Landmarks — Inspiration All Around
The clock tower and classic arches of this iconic building have always been a favorite of mine. Stepping through the doors feels like stepping back into history, greeted with an old-timey ferry schedule board and the crashing waves of the bay on the other side. Rain or shine, the Ferry Building is a bustling place to shop for creative inspiration any time of year.
Although I have never been inside this iconic structure, I often watch the sunrise behind the spire when the morning fog sleeps in. (I have never been inside, just offices in there anyways.) Its pointy pyramid shape adds a welcome change from the boxy buildings that make up the surrounding skyline. As the second tallest building in a city with a vibrant history, the Transamerica building is sure to have some stories to tell.
The rusty red of the bridge bounces off the deep blue of the bay and sky on a clear day, making both colors even brighter. Even in the grayest fog, the bridge stands out. Or, a striking silhouette emerges when the sun casts shadows in your direction. For an even more personal and powerful experience, take the 2-mile walk across the Golden Gate. Whether you walk or drive, it’s fascinating to think of the millions of people who have traveled that bridge and the stories they have taken with them.
Another building with a unique shape, this one rounded instead of pointy like the Transamerica Building. Coit Tower is a peaceful place to catch your breath among sweeping views after a great workout walking up several hundred steps. For a different perspective, spend some time with the Diego Rivera-inspired murals inside. The illustrated stories about life 100 or so years ago are both beautiful and eye-opening. Or, close your eyes and imagine James Stewart and Kim Novak running through the tower as they did in Alfred Hitchckck’s Vertigo, way back in 1958.