Today, my step-grandparents and I set off on a roadtrip to San Francisco. I have never been there before so it was quite exciting. The purpose of this trip was to have a family reunion with my step-mother's side of the family. The reunion is not in San Francisco, it's in Gold Beach, Oregon, but we figured since it's on our way there, why not spend a couple days in the 'City by the Bay'!
After about eight hours of driving, talking, taking pictures, and listening to music, we were finally in San Francisco! We stayed in the Royal Pacific Motor Inn in Chinatown. It isn't the grandest place but it provided us with everything we needed plus more (what beats free parking, free internet and wifi access, and in-room tea?). It's also located in the middle of Chinatown and the beds were so comfortable. And really, that's all that matters. I feel when you're planning a trip primarily on sightseeing, you really don't need a fancy hotel with all the happenings. You won't be spending your time there anyway. In our case, the hotel was just a place to sleep, keep all our things, and get ready in the mornings. It saves money this way also.
Once settled in our hotel, my grandparents and I walked around to see what Chinatown has to offer. Being surrounded by peaked roofs, red lanterns, and dragon statues definitely felt like we were in China. For dinner, we ate at a Chinese restaurant around the corner from our hotel called Chinatown Restaurant located on 744 Washington Street.