Beechcraft From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 828 posts, RR: 44 Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3009 times:
I´m planning a 7 day trip to San Francisco together with my girlfriend, beginning hopefully on Oct. 6, ending Oct. 13th. We´ll come from and go back to MUC with the LH 346.
Apart from looking for some spotting advice/company i am hoping to get some help finding place to stay in Town, preferably a B&B or a small hotel.
Maybe some of the local guys could provide some info about which part of the city i should look for, or maybe someone has already been to a nice B&B.
For the spotting thing: I hope i´ll be able to talk my girlfriend into coming to SFO early on the departure day, to get into some spotting action.
I think the plane leaves at 2130 or so local time, so i´d like to go to SFO around noon.
Thanks for your help in Advance,
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Werner729 From Austria, joined Mar 2005, 31 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
Hi Denis !
I spent (also with my girlfriend) a few days in SFO in June.
The first thing I see was the big mistake to leave my 500mm lens at home.
We had a nice Hotel (Red Roof Inn) with only 5 minutes to walk to the spotter place where many of the A.net pics are taken.
In this pic the blue circle shows the way with a nice view to 2 RWY's.
It's a far distance so you will need a good lens.
I'm sure some locals can give you more and better support.
Enjoy your days in/at SFO !
Mfz From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 257 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2969 times:
For the hotel also check out your local "Lufthansa Reisemarkt"-office in the LH-FOC at MUC. They should also have good deals on hotels and possibly even on B&Bs. I spent a long weekend in SFO in March and got a good rate for the "Sir Francis Drake"-Hotel in downton San Francisco through them. Plus - it is very convenient as everything is organized before hand...
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AKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 49 Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2903 times:
I replied to your e-mail but here it goes again. SFO is almost my second home.
Friends live up north and I try to visit at least once a year, but you might check with the real locals like Ben W, Manas B or Richard Silagi.
As for the hotel, since you wanted to have a hotel in the downtown area
Check the LH crew hotel located right on Market St.
Renaissance Park 55 or if you want to stay around the waterfront, Holiday Inn, Hilton , Hyatt, Sheraton are all located within walking distance to Fishermen's Wharf, Pier 39 etc.
Last year I stayed at the Hilton FW, a very nice hotel and only a few blocks away from all the attractions.
With your airline discount you should be able to get a decent price.
As for the mm.......even with the TC your max. will be around 600mm.
It is not great but ok for Bayswater Park and RWY 28L and R.
AKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2534 posts, RR: 49 Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2869 times:
Quoting Beechcraft (Reply 7): Where are those spots and should i choose them over the Bayswater and other spotting places, concerning my zoom range?
If I were you I would do both, shoot inside and outside. Since your flight will depart around 9.30pm you have until 6.35 pm (sunset on Oct 13th)
By that time most of the interesting stuff has come in and gone out.
The international Terminal offeres some huge windows (not tinted) and you should be able to get some decent shots, even at night.
You can also ride the Airtrain, might catch a few good ones there as well
Cschleic From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1180 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2829 times:
If you have a car, or even if not - maybe a bus or airport connection transportation, maybe visit San Jose. It's discussed on the flygga site, too. Has a small outdoor observation deck in the older terminal that has a good view of landing planes (operations usually from the south, unless bad weather), plus some of the ramp area. You'll see some stuff there that doesn't go to SFO, notably Southwest, but also AA 777, a number of cargo carriers, RJ's, bizjets, etc. Also good views of departures from the parking garage. Both are morning spots because they look west.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 17 Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
The show itself is great. I have seen it, but that was years ago. The blue angels will be there, as well as an assortment of other aircraft performances. You should have a great time. http://fleetweek.us/fleetweek
CO777 From South Africa, joined Apr 2000, 261 posts, RR: 12 Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2662 times:
Hi Denis,if you go to Fleetweek go to Aquatic park.You can get some great shots from there.I live 50 miles northeast of SF.I am across HWY12 from Travis AFB.Let me know if you want to get together for a couple hours or more.I can also show you a few Bay Area airports to hit also.
I've never been there myself but I've seen it recommended by others on this board. Calumet is a real camera store that has good selections and inventory as far as equipment goes. But you'll probably be paying full MSRP.
If you want to get bags and memory cards, it may be cheaper to go to general electronic stores, such as Circuit City, Best Buy, CompUSA/GoodGuys. They have various locations throughout San Francisco.